Public Health Nutrition: MPHDepartment: Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences Department
College: College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
The Master of Public Health (MPH) program at USU trains students to be leaders in the field of Public Health. The MPH provides students with a strong educational and research foundation in biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, sociobehavioral public health, and public health policy and administration. MPH graduates will be prepared for careers in health care professions, academic institutions, local, state, and federal health agencies, private industry, and non-profit organizations.
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 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.
MPH in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences requires an undergraduate degree with coursework in nutrition, biology, biochemistry, and statistics.
Nutrition and dietetics 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
- Utah Department of Workforce Services
- WIC, SNAP-Ed, and EFNEP nutrition programs
- 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's (RDs) will soon be required to have a masters level degree. Dietitians often work in public health and community settings and MPH coursework and hands-on experience will be valuable for work in these settings. The MPH degree may be a stepping stone to medical school, dental school, or doctoral degree programs in public health.
Select degrees and programs are not available at all Utah State University locations. Please contact a regional campus advisor to verify program availability.If you are intending to complete this program online outside the state of Utah, please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state.