Nutrition Degree Information and Handbooks
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) prepares students for graduate study in nutrition, medicine, pharmacy, or dentistry or for entry-level positions in public health and/or dietetics that do not require a registered dietitian. It also allows students to participate in nutrition research projects or explore other related areas of interest and combines the study of the biochemical, behavioral, food and nutrition sciences. For current BSPH Nutrition students, the Department of Nutrition also offers an accelerated BSPH-MS Program for which students apply during their senior year and complete their MS within one year of graduation from the BSPH Program.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) with Nutrition Concentration and Master of Public Health with Registered Dietition Training (MPH-RD) programs prepare students to improve the health and well-being of communities and individuals through proper nutrition. In addition to an integrated, interdisciplinary MPH Core, the program offers students a strong grounding in the science and practice of public health nutrition and planning, implementing and evaluating nutrition programs and services. A series of field experiences augments classroom learning. Additionally, for those in the MPH-RD Program, completion of the registered dietitian component prepares students to pass the dietetic registration (RD) exam.
Please visit our Master of Public Health/Registered Dietitian Program page for more information.
The Master of Science in Nutrition (MS) is for students who wish to increase their knowledge of nutrition science and to acquire skills in laboratory and population-based nutrition research. This degree prepares students for careers in research and industry, as well as those considering the pursuit of a doctoral degree or eventually attending medical or another professional school. For current BSPH Nutrition students, the Department of Nutrition also offers an accelerated BSPH-MS Program for which students apply during their senior year and complete their MS within one year of graduation from the BSPH Program.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) develops students’ research and teaching skills through coursework, research, practice opportunities and preliminary doctoral examinations. Together, these experiences prepare graduates for careers in scientific research or teaching at universities, in federal or state agencies, and in industry or private research institutions. Students may minor in other fields, such as epidemiology. Prospective students should review our Doctoral Opportunities brochure and contact Jonathan Earnest, Academic Coordinator, to express their interest.