Nutrition with coordinated program in dietetics — M.P.H.
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 nutrition and 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 registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) 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), https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend.
Program learning 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. By the end of the program, graduates should be able to:
- Describe the integration of biological mechanisms underlying the effect of food and nutrients on individual and population health outcomes.
- Function independently and collaboratively as a leader or member of a team to plan, manage, and evaluate public health nutrition interventions.
- Critically analyze studies and nutrition and dietetics evidence-based guidelines for public health prevention, nutrition interventions, and research.
- Evaluate public policies and processes related to food and nutrition, and explore their impact on health outcomes.
- Examine the role of vegetarian dietary practices on human health, the environment, and ecology.
- Apply the nutritional care process consistent with competencies defined by the ACEND.
Educational effectiveness indicators
Program learner outcomes are evidenced by:
- Signature assignments linked to course and non-course requirements.
- Field practicum report.
- Integrative learning experience.
- General chemistry
- Organic chemistry
- Anatomy and physiology
- Human nutrition or equivalent
Individuals who may benefit from the program
Graduates with bachelor's degrees or higher who seek credentialing as RDNs.
|DTCS 544||Medical Nutrition Therapy II||5|
|DTCS 554||Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy||3|
|DTCS 566||Food Chemistry and Experimental Foods||4|
|DTCS 575||Food Systems Management||5|
|NUTR 490||Topics in Foods and Food Preparation||1|
|NUTR 526||Nutrition Counseling and Education||2|
|Public health core|
|PCOR 501||Public Health for Community Resilience||5|
|PCOR 502||Public Health for a Healthy Lifestyle 1||5|
|PCOR 503||Public Health and Health Systems||5|
|NUTR 506||Nutritional Metabolism||3|
|NUTR 510||Advanced Public Health Nutrition||3|
|NUTR 517||Advanced Nutrition I: Carbohydrates and Lipids||4|
|NUTR 518||Advanced Nutrition II: Proteins, Vitamins, and Minerals||4|
|NUTR 525||Nutrition Policy, Programs, and Services||3|
|NUTR 527||Assessment of Nutritional Status||3|
|NUTR 531||Community Nutrition Intervention I||2|
|NUTR 532||Community Nutrition Intervention II||1|
|NUTR 534||Maternal and Child Nutrition||3|
|NUTR 535||Research Applications in Nutrition||3|
|NUTR 557||Nutrition Care Process for Diabetes and Heart Disease||2|
|NUTR 564||Contemporary Issues of Vegetarian Diets||2|
|NUTR 605||Seminar in Nutrition||1|
|RELE 534||Ethical Issues in Public Health (or REL_)||3|
|choose in consultation with advisor|
|DTCS 777||Food Systems Management Affiliation||6|
|DTCS 778||Clinical Nutrition Affiliation||12|
|Applied Practice Experience|
|PHCJ 798D||Public Health Practicum (400 hours)||8|
|or PHCJ 798A||Public Health Practicum|
|or PHCJ 798B||Public Health Practicum|
|or PHCJ 798C||Public Health Practicum|
Fulfills service learning requirement
Integrative learning experience
In addition to the standard integrative learning experience requirements, students are expected to complete a comprehensive exam, field practicum report, and E-portfolio (including 100 hours of community service).
Normal time to complete the program
2.33 years (nine  academic quarters) — based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted