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About Public Health Nutrition

This online Master of Public Health Nutrition (MPH) degree includes interdisciplinary training in nutrition-related sciences and the core public health disciplines. Learn about the methods for quantifying dietary intake and nutritional status, the role of diet in disease risk and health promotion, and the design and implementation of nutrition policy and programs to improve the health of local, national, and global populations. The land grant setting of Utah State University provides unique opportunities for the study of the relationship between human nutritional status and health with strong academic and research programs in nutritional epidemiology, federal and community nutrition programs, nutritional biochemistry and molecular biology, USU Extension nutrition outreach programs, food science, food safety, agricultural practices, animal health, climate change, and environmental sciences. This program is 100% online so you can complete the program from anywhere around the world! This program can be pursued part time or full time.

To be admitted to a graduate program, you must meet these minimum requirements.

  • Complete online application.
  • Pay the $55 application fee.
  • Provide transcripts for all college/university credits.
  • Include a statement of purpose in your online application.
  • GRE scores in the 40th percentile or better on the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing tests.
  • 3.0 or higher GPA for the last 60 semester (90 quarter) credit hours.
  • 3 letters of recommendation (at least two should come from faculty members).

Students from any related undergraduate major are invited to apply. Applicants are expected to have strong written and oral communication skills.

*GRE waiver: The MPH Nutrition program has been approved for a GRE waiver for applicants who have passed the Registered Dietitian (RD) Exam in combination with completing a bachelors in dietetics from an ACEND accredited dietetics program.

Students who complete a MPH degree in public health nutrition can seek out diverse positions in public health organizations that offer opportunities for leadership roles, professional development, and higher pay and benefits.

These organizations include:

  • Local, state, and federal health agencies
  • Colleges and universities
  • Health care organizations
  • Department of Workforce Services
  • Federal nutrition assistance and education programs such as: WIC, SNAP-Ed, and EFNEP
  • Community food banks and pantries
  • International health and nutrition programs and aid agencies

Potential positions for MPH graduates include:

  • Public health nutritionist
  • Nutritional epidemiologist
  • Preparation for medical school or doctoral studies in public health
  • Public health educator
  • Management positions in school, community, and clinical nutrition programs

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs/RDs) will soon be required to have a masters level degree. Dietitians often work in public health and community settings for which MPH coursework and hands-on experience is very valuable. The MPH degree can also be a stepping-stone to medical school, dental school, or doctoral degree programs in public health.


Forty-two credits are required for this online degree.


Fall Semester Credits Info and Notes
ADVS 6140--Introduction to Public Health 3 Required
Required to take during your first fall semester
ADVS 6830-- Communicating and Evaluating Public Health Information 3 Required
NDFS 6200—Nutritional Epidemiology 3 Required
Total credits 9
Spring Semester Credits Info and Notes
ADVS 5000--One Health: People, Animals, and the Environment 3 Required
NDFS 6010--Hunger Issues and Solutions 3 Required
Electives 6
Total credits 12


Fall Semester Year 2 Credits Info and Notes
HEP 6200--Health Administration and Organizations 3 Required
NDFS 6600--Current Topics in Obesity 3 Required
HEP 6350--Social Determinants of Health 3 Required
NDFS 6840--Global Field Studies in Public Health Nutrition
NDFS 6850--Local Field Studies in Public Health Nutrition
3 Required
Total credits 12
Spring Semester Year 2 Credits Info and Notes
NDFS 6210--Advanced Public Health Nutrition 3 Required
NDFS 6230—Communicating Current Topics in Nutrition 3 Required
NDFS 6840--Global Field Studies in Public Health Nutrition
NDFS 6850--Local Field Studies in Public Health Nutrition
3 Required
Total credits 9
Summary Credits Info and Notes

(Other elective courses may be approved by the graduate committee)

Elective courses Credits Delivery Semester(s) Taught
NDFS 6800--Counseling and Motivational Interviewing for Health Professionals 3 Online Fall
NDFS 6230--Communication of Current Topics in Nutrition 3 In class Spring
SOC 6450--Sociology of Health and Medicine 3 Online Spring
HEP 6000--Advanced Program Planning and Evaluation 3 Online Summer/Spring
HEP 6120--Foundations of Global Health 3 Online OR Study Abroad Fall—Online
Summer—Study Abroad
NDFS 6400--Nutritional Neuroscience 3 In Class Fall
NDFS 6410--Nutrient Gene Interactions 3 In Class Spring
NDFS 6310--Fundamentals of Nutrition Research 3 In Class Fall
ADVS 6000--Ecology and Health 3 Online Summer
HEP 5400--Prevention Strategies for Obesity and Disordered Eating 3 Online Fall/Spring

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Mateja R. Savoie Roskos
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