May 20, 2024  

Public Health, Nutrition and Wellness Concentration MPH

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The mission of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is to prepare highly competent public health professionals to prevent disease and restore health in local, national and global communities. This mission is accomplished through excellence in graduate teaching, and through public health research to develop or implement evidence-based lifestyle solutions to improve health while addressing public health problems from a wholistic perspective.  We offer a distinctive program with a concentration in Nutrition & Wellness providing a unique emphasis in vegetarian nutrition. See the Department of Public Health Nutrition and Wellness Website for the statement of value and goals of the program.

Delivery: This program is offered in an interactive online format (see School of Distance Education Definitions ). The interactive online degree does not require any on-campus time.

Total Credits: 42

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate Academic Requirements for graduate degrees the following departmental requirements should be noted:

  • A minimum of 42 semester credits
  • Public Health Core - 17 Credits
  • Research - 8 Credits
  • Concentration - 15 Credits
  • Practicum - 2 Credits
  • Culminating Activity

Practicum - 2

Culminating Activity

Student is required to demonstrate ability to integrate specific areas of public health: Administration, Epidemiology, Statistics, Environmental Health, Health Behavior and Nutrition during culminating activity experiences.

Culminating activity includes: A written comprehensive exam, field experience/research project/diatetic internship after completion of all courses, professional portfolio, and an exit interview with the department chairman at conclusion of program.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the MPH program, you must have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale). A limited number of students whose background and experience show potential for success but whose GPAs are less than 3.0 may be admitted on a provisional basis. A candidate who has a bachelor degree but without the prerequisites below may also be admitted on a provisional basis.

For details on applying to the program and admission requirements, go to the School of Graduate Studies website.


The candidate is required to have completed the courses listed below at the undergraduate level:

  • Biology or Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology
  • Two courses in nutrition: One introductory nutrition course similar to FDNT 230 Nutrition or equivalent and one intermediate level nutrition course similar to FDNT 310 Nutrition in the Life Cycle or equivalent.

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