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The Public Health Nutrition concentration trains you to promote health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases and obesity through educational and environmental approaches to improved nutrition and physical activity. You’ll be prepared to identify and assess diet-related health problems among diverse population groups around the world, identifying the social, cultural, economic, environmental, and institutional factors that contribute to the risk of undernutrition and over nutrition among populations.

"During my time in the MPH, I went to NYU’s Wasserman Career Fair and heard a woman talking about the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) and how it’s related to public health. A week later I came in for an interview and became an intern with PDF for a year; they gave me a lot of flexibility and the independence take it and run.”
- Megan Feeney, MPH 2016, Public Health Nutrition Concentration

Key Skills

When you graduate with the Public Health Nutrition concentration, you’ll be prepared to address health and nutrition problems through a combination of research, policy,

and practice. You’ll stand out to employers with a skillset that has both breadth and depth, including:

  • Demonstrating the linkages between agriculture, food, nutrition, and public health

  • Developing educational, institutional, and other population-based intervention strategies to improve food security and reduce obesity;

  • Contributing to the development of policies that reduce barriers to food security, improve food and activity choices and nutritional status of diverse population groups

  • Promoting policies to ensure the safe production, distribution, and consumption of food

Find out even more about the skills you’ll learn in the Public Health Nutrition concentration, as well as the core competencies of the overall MPH degree.

 

Professional Development

You will benefit from countless opportunities to build skills and experience to prepare you for successful careers in public health nutrition. Learn more about the professional development opportunities available to you at NYU GPH, including internships, fellowships, employment, volunteer opportunities, professional association membership, and more.

"The complex and changing exposure to nutrition throughout the life cycle is a critical determinant of health and a key field of study for those committing themselves to public health—both internationally and nationally.”
- Niyati Parekh, PhD, RD, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Public Health, and Director, MPH-Public Health Nutrition Program, College of Global Public Health

Public Health Nutrition Course Checklist

The Public Health Nutrition checklist outlines the requirements for this concentration, as well as which core and concentration courses have pre-requisites. Use this tool as you move along in your program to help keep track of the courses you’ve taken, as well as what’s up next. (Please note that there are different requirements for existing students who matriculated in Fall 2014 and Fall 2015.)

 

Want to Learn More about Public Health Nutrition?

To find out even more about the Public Health Nutrition concentration, including the skills you’ll gain, the courses you’ll take, and the hands-on Applied-Practice Internship, take a look at our fact sheet (pdf).

 

Interested in Becoming a Registered Dietitian?

Public health nutrition students may also complete the RD course requirements and apply for a dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian. Learn more from the Department of Food & Nutrition at NYU’s Steinhardt School.

Public Health Core Courses (18 Credits)

All students in the Public Health Nutrition concentration take the following core courses (18 credits) as part of the MPH degree requirements:
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Policy & Management (3)*
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
* as of Fall 2017, this course will be split up into two courses: GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5) and GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management and Leadership.
 

Concentration Courses (18 Credits)

All students in the Public Health Nutrition concentration take the following courses (18credits):
GPH-GU 2213 Public Health Nutrition (3)  
GPH-GU 2115 Introduction to Principles of Nutrition in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2195 Nutrition and Metabolism (3)
GPH-GU 2275 Nutrition Epidemiology for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2218 Assessing Community Health Needs & Resources (3)
GPH-GU 2361 Research Methods in Public Health (3) *
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics I (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)
* PHN students who are enrolled in the DPD will take NUTR-GE 2190 in lieu of GPH-GU 2361

 

Elective Courses (6 Credits)

All students in the Public Health Nutrition concentration take one course (6 credits) from the following set of courses - 3 credits from Group A and 3 credits from Group B:

Group A:
GPH-GU 2382 A Systems Approach to Food Access (3)
GPH-GU 2217 Food Policy for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2342 Global Issues in Public Health Nutrition: Obesity and Diabetes (3)
GPH-GU 2125 Nutrition Education and Promotion Initiatives in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2344 Reproductive and Pediatric Health: A Focus in Nutrition (3)
NUTR-GE 2208 Italy: Italian Cuisine and the Mediterranean Diet (4)

Group B:
GPH-GU 2450 Intermediate Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2225 Psychometric Measurement & Analysis in Public Health Research & Practice (3)
GPH-GU 2349 Program Planning & Evaluation (3)
GPH-GU 2920 Biostatistics: Regression and Multivariable Modeling (3)
GPH-GU 2320 Data Utilization in Public Health Practice (3)

 

Culminating Experience (4 Credits)

Students in the Public Health Nutrition concentration complete a minimum of 180 hours of a public health internship, which serves as the culminating experience of the MPH degree.

GPH-GU 2360 Internship: Practice & Integrative Learning Experiences (4 credits)

NOTE: Please be advised that the culminating applied practice experience for all concentrations will be revised beginning Fall 2017 and will be effective for students who matriculate in that term.

Year 1:

Fall Semester (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2115 Introduction to Principles of Nutrition in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop 0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)

Spring Semester (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2213 Public Health Nutrition (3)
GPH-GU 2361 Research Methods in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2195 Nutrition and Metabolism (3)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III

 

Year 2:

Fall Semester (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2218 Assessing Community Health Needs & Resources (3)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Policy & Management (3)*
Elective (3)

Spring Semester (10 credits)
GPH-GU 2360 Internship: Practice & Integrative Learning Experiences (4)**
GPH-GU 2275 Nutrition Epidemiology for Public Health (3)
Elective (3)

* as of Fall 2017, this course will be split up into two courses: GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5) and GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management and Leadership.

**NOTE: Please be advised that the culminating applied practice experience for all concentrations will be revised beginning Fall 2017 and will be effective for students who matriculate in that term.