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About Public Health Nutrition

The Public Health Nutrition 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.

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.

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Mateja R. Savoie Roskos
Mateja R. Savoie Roskos
mateja.savoie@usu.edu

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