Master of Public Health/Registered Dietitian Program

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health's MPH/RD program prepares future leaders in nutrition and dietetics.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Nutrition was the first degree offered by the Department of Nutrition. Since the first three students received their MPH degrees in 1951, the program has grown with an average of 20-24 graduating per year. The program is recognized throughout the United States for the excellence of its training in public health nutrition.

Nutrition is recognized as one of the most important environmental determinants of health throughout the life cycle. It is a key factor in successful pregnancy outcomes, in the physical and mental development of infants and children and in promoting health at all ages. Current research stresses nutrition and diet as critical factors in prevention and treatment of major diseases, which disable or kill, including obesity, heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and osteoporosis. The safety, quality, quantity and distribution of local, national and world food supplies are major public policy issues.

Completion of the MPH program provides the graduate with a strong background in the science and practice of public health along with a sound knowledge of the science of human nutrition and food science. The coordinated MPH/RD program provides a working knowledge of nutrition programs and services gained through clinical nutrition experiences and public health nutrition management experiences, which augment classroom experiences. The program handbook is available here (PDF).

The mission of the MPH/RD Program in Public Health Nutrition is to prepare future leaders in nutrition and dietetics through effective classroom education and practical community and clinical experiences both locally and globally.