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Tulane Nutrition

The Tulane Nutrition program offers a variety of academic opportunities for students at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine to further their professional and academic interests related to nutrition and food security.

Tulane Nutrition Academic Opportunities

MPH in Nutrition
The Master of Public Health program in nutrition emphasizes the social and environmental determinants of nutrition and food security problems. Students learn ways to address these issues through nutritional assessment of populations, community nutrition actions, health promotion programs, and food and nutrition policies.

Nutrition Leadership Training Program
The Tulane Nutrition Leadership Training Program is a unique professional enrichment opportunity available to MPH Nutrition students who are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists* and who have demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the nutritional health status of women, children, and their families. Recipients will improve their leadership skills through nutrition research experience, clinical and community-based field rotations, teaching opportunities, and structured mentorship which all focus on women, children, and their families. This program offers students a taxable stipend of $10,000.

*Otherwise qualified individuals who have completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics may be granted an exception from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Dietetic Internship
The Dietetic Internship (DI) is a graduate-level supervised practice program for students who would like to become registered dietitians. It is a full-time non-degree program with a community emphasis.

Program Combination Options
Tulane has two ways to combine the MPH and DI programs:

  1. Complete the DI first, then enter the MPH as a Nutrition Leadership Trainee, which includes a $10,000 stipend; or
  2. Complete the MPH first, and get a slot reserved in the DI program, avoiding the national matching system. For either choice, by applying to both programs at the beginning, you increase your chances for acceptance.

Food Security & Resilience Summer Course in Italy 
This unique two-week summer course in Italy is offered to graduate students, specifically students interested in nutrition and food systems. Students learn the elements and dynamics of resilient food systems, as well as the people, communities, relations, and policies that contribute to resilience. The course is taught in an historic convent, and includes lodging, Italian meals, and guided transportation on field trips to local and international food organizations.

Opportunities for Tulane Nutrition and other Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine students are available on Handshake and frequently posted on the TU Nutrition Facebook page. For more information about career services, please contact Catherine Pugh at

For more information about Tulane’s Nutrition Leadership Training Program, please contact Keelia O’Malley at and connect with us on TU Nutrition Facebook.