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MPH in Nutrition

The MPH Nutrition Program emphasizes the social and environmental determinants of nutrition problems and how to solve them through nutritional assessment of populations, community nutrition actions, health promotion programs, and food and nutrition policies. The program trains future public health nutritionists to manage programs and shape policies that improve the nutritional health and food security of populations. A full spectrum of contexts is addressed, including humanitarian crises in low-income countries, problems of sustainable development in low- and middle-income countries, and dual burden problems (under- and over-nutrition) common to middle- and high-income countries. Two tracks are available to students: a generalist public health nutrition track; and the nutrition - maternal and child health leadership track, which interweaves the MPH program with the Tulane Dietetic Internship.

The mission of the MPH Nutrition Program is to train future public health leaders to shape policies, administer programs, and to communicate to the public to improve nutritional health and food security of population groups across a full spectrum of economic context.

This program is a member of the Association of Graduate Programs in Public Health Nutrition (AGPPHN).

Admission Requirements

Students applying to the MPH Nutrition Program must meet the school's general admission requirements and submit materials per the application requirements.

Public Health Nutrition Track: An introductory course in nutrition and the equivalent to the Biological Basis of Health and Disease course (TRMD 6010) are required as pre- or co-requisites. Students from other universities with undergraduate degrees in nutrition, dietetics, or food science and nutrition will automatically meet these pre-requisites. Students who took an introductory nutrition class and have a degree in the biological sciences or were a pre-medical or a nursing student will also meet these pre-requisites. 

Those admitted public health nutrition track students who have not yet met these pre-requisites can take the undergraduate courses, SPHU 2300 Introduction to Nutrition and SPHU 1020 Cell, Individual, and Community at Tulane University on the Uptown campus to satisfy their pre-requisites. However, because these are undergraduate courses, these credits will not count towards the 45 graduate credits that are needed for the MPH degree. Accepted students should check with their advisor regarding these pre-requisites.

Tulane Public Health undergraduate students interested in the combined BSPH/MPH degree can meet these program pre-requisites by taking SPHU 2300 Introduction to Nutrition and SPHU 1020 Cell, Individual, and Community.

Nutrition - MCH Leadership Track: Students applying to this track must have completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics from a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and include their DPD verification form with their SOPHAS application.

Degree Program Requirements (entry prior to Fall 2018)

The MPH degree in Nutrition requires a total of 45 credits that includes:

SPHTM - Core Courses (15 Credits)

  • BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics (3)
  • EPID 6030 Epidemiological Methods 1 (3)
  • GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health (3)
  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
  • GHSD 6030 Health Systems, Management and Policy (3)

MPH in Nutrition - Required Courses (20-21 Credits)

  • GCHB 6110 Program Planning for Public Health (3)
  • GCHB 6120 Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Education and Communication Programs (3)*
  • GCHB 6610 Community Nutrition (2)
  • GCHB 6690 Introduction to Nutrition (2) **
  • GCHB 6750 Nutrition Assessment and Monitoring (3 credits)
  • GCHB 6780 Double Burden of Malnutrition (2)
  • TRMD 6010 Biological Basis of Health and Disease (3)***

Nutrition policies and programs course: at least one course from list below.

  • GCHB 6310 Public Health and Nutrition in Complex Emergencies (2)
  • GCHB 6760 Health and Nutrition Programs in Resource-Poor Countries (3)
  • GCHB 6770 U.S. Food and Nutrition Policy (3)

* Students wanting to specialize in monitoring and evaluation may take a two-course option instead of GCHB 6120. The two course option is GCHB 6200 Evaluation of Program Interventions in Global Health (3) AND GCHB 6270 Monitoring of Program Interventions in Global Health (3).

** Can be waived if similar course has been taken previously.
***Can be waived if challenge exam is passed.

Elective Courses (6-10 credits)

Selected from graduate-level courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with your academic advisor.

Practicum (SPHL 9980)

Nutrition students complete a 300 hour practicum to gain practical experience. The practicum is usually completed after core courses are completed.

Culminating Experience (SPHL 7950)

Students in the MPH in Nutrition conduct a public health analysis.

Contact Us

Department Interim Chair: David Hotchkiss, PhD

Program Director: Diego Rose, PhD

Program Manager: Gale Marie Abbass

Email: gchb@tulane.edu

Phone: (504) 988-5391

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