Nutrition with coordinated program in dietetics — M.P.H.

Program director
Celine Heskey

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree curriculum in nutrition and dietetics enables students to meet the didactic and supervised practice requirements for registration eligibility in dietetics. The purpose of registration is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by encouraging high standards of performance by persons practicing in nutrition and dietetics.

Students in the M.P.H. degree curriculum may establish eligibility to write the registration examination to become a registered dietitian (RD) by completing this program. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), <>.

Learner outcomes

The curriculum integrates the requirements of the M.P.H. degree in nutrition with the competency requirements, foundation, knowledge, and skills to practice dietetics, as defined by ACEND.  Graduates will:

  • Integrate their knowledge of biological mechanisms underlying the effect of food and nutrients on health to the solution of public health problems.
  • Function independently and collaboratively as leader or member of a team to plan, manage, and evaluate community-based, nutrition-promotion activities.
  • Critically analyze studies and apply findings to nutrition interventions.
  • Scrutinize public policies and processes related to food and nutrition and explore their impact on health outcomes.
  • Articulate the role of vegetarian dietary practices on human health, the environment, and ecology.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in the nutritional care process consistent with competencies defined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).
  • Apply systems management and use of resources to the provision of nutritional services.

Educational effectiveness indicators

Program learner outcomes as evidenced by:

  • Signature assignments linked to course and noncourse requirements
  • Field practicum report
  • Culminating experience


  • General chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology
  • Human nutrition or equivalent

Individuals who may benefit from the program

Graduates with bachelor's degrees or higher who seek credentialing as registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs).

DTCS 544Medical Nutrition Therapy II5
DTCS 554Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy3
DTCS 566Food Chemistry and Experimental Foods4
DTCS 575Food Systems Management4
NUTR 490Topics in Foods and Food Preparation1
NUTR 526Nutrition Counseling and Education2
NUTR 537Nutrition Education Practicum1
NUTR 557Nutrition Care Process for Diabetes and Heart Disease2
Total Units22
Public health core
PCOR 501Public Health for Community Resilience5
PCOR 502Public Health for a Healthy Lifestyle5
PCOR 503Public Health and Health Systems5
NUTR 504Nutritional Metabolism5
NUTR 510Advanced Public Health Nutrition3
NUTR 517Advanced Nutrition I: Carbohydrates and Lipids4
NUTR 518Advanced Nutrition II: Proteins, Vitamins, and Minerals4
NUTR 519Phytochemicals2
NUTR 525Nutrition Policy, Programs, and Services3
NUTR 527Assessment of Nutritional Status3
NUTR 531Community Nutrition Intervention I2
NUTR 532Community Nutrition Intervention II1
NUTR 534Maternal and Child Nutrition3
NUTR 535Research Applications in Nutrition3
NUTR 564Contemporary Issues of Vegetarian Diets2
NUTR 605Seminar in Nutrition1
RELE 534Ethical Issues in Public Health (or REL_)3
choose in consultation with advisor
Total Units57

Field experience

DTCS 777Food Systems Management Affiliation6
DTCS 778Clinical Nutrition Affiliation12
Field practicum
PHCJ 798DPublic Health Practicum (400 hours)8
or PHCJ 798A Public Health Practicum
or PHCJ 798B Public Health Practicum
or PHCJ 798C Public Health Practicum
Total Units26

Culminating Experience

In addition to the standard culminating experience requirements, students in the Nutrition with coordinated program in dietetics MPH will be required to complete a written comprehensive examination.

Normal time to complete the program

2.33 years (9 academic quarters) based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted