MPH Curriculum

Learning Objectives

Upon satisfactory completion of a MPH in Nutritional Sciences, graduates will be able to:

  1. Meet the competencies established by the School of Public Health for the MPH degree;
  2. Meet the core competencies established by the Nutritional Sciences Program for all Nutritional Sciences students;
  3. Apply knowledge of human nutrient requirements and their relationship to metabolic pathways and physiological function to the practice of public health nutrition;
  4. Perform an in depth assessment of the nutritional status of individuals and groups;
  5. Appraise how nutritional factors across the lifespan affect etiology, incidence, and prevalence of major diseases, quality of life, and productivity at work and school in the population;
  6. Explain and critique the process, rationale and issues related to establishing nutrient requirements and dietary guidance for the population;
  7. Categorize the political, economic, and social processes that influence the development, evaluation, implementation, financing, and advocacy for policies and programs that improve the public’s nutritional health;
  8. Summarize the components and relationships between components of the public health nutrition system in the United States, and predict how this system might respond to policy changes;
  9. Plan, manage and evaluate population-based nutrition interventions, programs and/or initiatives;
  10. Select and apply appropriate research methodologies (critically evaluate literature, study design, statistical analysis) according to area of interest and career goals; and
  11. Apply conceptual models of evidence-based approaches to promoting nutritional health.

MPH Course Requirements in Nutritional Sciences

The requirements listed below reflect the current curriculum for students beginning the MPH Program in Autumn 2018. The requirements for students entering in previous years are archived for reference: entered Autumn 2016entered Autumn 2017

Students enrolled in both the MPH and the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) should note the additional GCPD requirements.

Course Name Credits Requirement
1st Autumn Credits: 13-14
EPI 511 Introduction to Epidemiology 4 All MPH
HSERV 579 Structural Racism and Public Health 1 All MPH
NUTR 500 Graduate Seminar: Current Issues in Nutrition 1 All MPH
NUTR 513 Food and Society: Exploring Eating Behaviors in a Social, Environmental, and Policy Context 2 All MPH
NUTR 520 Nutrition and Metabolism I 3 All MPH
NUTR 529 Nutrition Research Design 2 All MPH
NUTR 561A GCPD Seminar 1 GCPD only
1st Winter Credits: 15-18
BIOST 508 Biostatistical Reasoning for the Health Sciences 4 All MPH
HSERV 511 Introduction to Health Services and Public Health 3 All MPH
NUTR 521 Nutrition and Metabolism II 3 All MPH
NUTR 531 Public Health Nutrition 5 All MPH
NUTR 545 Food Safety and Health 3 Required GCPD[e]; Elective for non-GCPD
1st Spring Credits: 12-16
ENV H 511 Environmental and Occupational Health 4 All MPH
NUTR 522 Nutrition and Metabolism III 3 All MPH
NUTR 562 Nutrition and Chronic Disease 4 All MPH
NUTR 536 Nutrition Education Principles and Practice 2 Required GCPD; Elective for non-GCPD
NUTR 560 Nutritional Counseling for Chronic Disease 2 Required GCPD; Elective for current RD only
NUTR  596 or NUTR 700 Nutrition Practice Capstone or Master’s Thesis 1 All MPH
1st Summer
GCPD Students: Supervised Practice/Practice Experience: The timing of this 3 week rotation varies depending on the sites. MPH/GCPD students may count fieldwork (NUTR 532) hours towards their ACEND required community rotation hours
Non-GCPD Students: Fieldwork (NUTR 532) activities may begin during summer quarter.
2nd Autumn Credits: 7-14
NUTR 526 Maternal and Pediatric Nutrition 4 All MPH
NUTR 563 Nutrition in Acute Care 4 GCPD only
NUTR 559 Orientation to Clinical Dietetics Practice 3 GCPD only
NUTR 532 Fieldwork in Public Health Nutrition 1 All MPH
NUTR 596 or NUTR 700 Nutrition Practice Capstone or Master’s Thesis 2 All MPH
2nd Winter/Spring/Summer – GCPD Only Credits: 30
NUTR 561 Supervised Practice/Practice Experience 10 per quarter  [b]  GCPD only
MPH Students are required to complete the following credits not tied to a specific quarter:  
NUTR 595 MPH Practicum 6 Non-GCPD students only[c]
NUTR 596 or NUTR 700 Nutrition Practice Capstone or Master’s Thesis 6 additional credits (for min of 9)[a] All MPH
Electives 2 All MPH[d]


[a] Timing of NUTR 596 Capstone/700 Thesis Credits: With the exception of the required 1 credit (1st year spring quarter) and 2 credits (2nd year autumn quarter), students may distribute the remaining NUTR 596 or NUTR 700 credits as best fits their schedule.

Additional GCPD Curriculum Notes:

[b] NUTR 561: For the 30 credits of GCPD Practice experience, students register through PCE (Professional and Continuing Education) which does not have tuition distinction for tiers or residency.

[c] Practicum: GCPD student complete the required MPH Practicum during the GCPD internship and the credits are documented on the transcript as NUTR 561.

[d] Electives: GCPD courses satisfy the 3 elective credits required for the MPH degree.

[e] Students with DPD Verification Statement: GCPD students holding a DPD verification statement waive out of Food Safety (NUTR 545).