NUTR: Master of Public Health with Registered Dietitian Training (MPH-RD Residential) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
NUTR: Master of Public Health with Registered Dietitian Training (MPH-RD Residential)

The coordinated master's program in public health nutrition is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to accept 24 students each year.

Overview of NUTR Master of Public Health with Registered Dietitian Training (MPH-RD Residential)

Program Focus

Provides graduates with a strong background in: the science and practice of public health; the science of human nutrition and food science; and nutrition programs and services. Classroom experience is augmented through concurrent and block field experiences. Completion of the MPH w/ RD component prepares a student for the passage of the dietetic registration RD exam.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
67
Expected Duration:
2.5 yrs
Learning Environment:
Residential
Dual Degree Options Available:
Application Cycle:
Fall
See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
December 1, 2014
See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 2:
January 13, 2015
Deadlines vary - see "Application Details" for more information

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
Persons planning a career as a clinical or public health dietitian who will assume leadership roles both in practice and in research projects.
Applications Received:
~120
Applicants Admitted:
~25
Enrolled Student Demographics:
MPH:
  • 92% / 8% female to male
  • 27% minority, including 16% underrepresented minorities (defined as Black or African American, Hispanic of any race, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander)
  • 4% international
  • mean age of 27
Our School is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Total Students Enrolled:
~75
Incoming Class Size:
Matriculating class size for the program: 24

Program Costs & Funding

Estimated In-State Tuition & Fees:
MPH: ~$15,000 per year
Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Estimated Out-of-State Tuition & Fees:
MPH: ~$31,000 per year
Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Funding:
For 2011-2012, students in this program received funding from various UNC sources, including department, School and University. Data below include only funding administered by UNC. Categories are not mutually exclusive.
MPH:

  • 39% of students received some tuition support.
  • 31% of students received grants.
  • 56% of students received some loans.
  • 28% of students received non-service awards.
  • 31% received some teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or other temporary compensation.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required:
Bachelor's degree
Required Prerequisites:
Coursework in Biochemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Organic Chemistry, Microbiology with Lab, Psychology, Sociology or Anthropology, and Human Nutrition
Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
GRE(TOEFL/IELTS for int'l students only.), MCAT, DAT
Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions.
Standardized Test(s) Scores:
MPH: On average, incoming students had 76th percentile verbal and 64th percentile quantitative. Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions. If you have concerns about your scores, please talk with us.
Undergrad G.P.A.:
MPH: Incoming students had a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.6
Letters of Recommendation Required:
3 (academic and/or professional; academic preferred)
Faculty-Student Match Required:
Not required
Interviews Required:
Not required
Work Experience Required:
None required
Visit Opportunities:

There is one School-wide open-house event for prospective applicants (details tbd).

Nutrition MPH Open House 2014-2015 (meet with faculty, staff, and students, while learning more about our Master’s program).

For more information, contact Joanne Lee.

During the Program

Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
Written comprehensive exam
Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
Master's paper
Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork:
12 weeks full-time in hospital; 10 weeks in public health management; 10 weeks advanced nutrition field experience
Global Options Available:

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health strives to integrate global content and approaches across the School’s courses, programs and degrees. We believe that every student should emerge from our School with an understanding of global health issues. Some courses are focused largely on global issues, others are designed so that global and local issues are intertwined and some still are evolving. Learn more about these options.

Many enrolled students will have the opportunity to pursue our graduate global health certificate, while others may choose global health courses, internships or independent study with global focus.

After the Program

Employment Opportunities:
Careers in nutrition; dietetic experts who manage nutrition programs in public health agencies, hospitals, clinics, educational institutions, and industry
Example Job Responsibilities:
Design, implement and evaluate nutrition programs in public health agency
The Gillings Program Search is a tool for exploring academic programs at the School. It is a prospectus for the current year to be used in consultation with an academic adviser and does not constitute the complete degree or program requirements for graduation or program completion.

Program Contact:

Joanne O. Lee
Student Services Manager
(919) 966-7212
260 Rosenau Hall
CB 7461
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7461
USA