Public Health Nutrition Concentration

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.

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An Introduction to Public Health Nutrition

Students in the Public Health Nutrition concentration focus on community nutrition, nutritional epidemiology, food policy and clinical nutrition research.

Key Skills

When you graduate with a MPH/DrPH in the Public Health Nutrition concentration, you’ll be prepared to take on leadership roles in public health settings around the globe. You’ll stand out to employers with a skillset that has both breadth and depth, including the following competencies.

  1. Identify and assess diet and nutritional status related health problems, of both undernutrition and over-nutrition, among diverse population groups in the United States and globally
  2. Describe the social, cultural, economic, environmental, and institutional factors that contribute to the risk of undernutrition and over-nutrition among populations
  3. Compare and contrast educational, community, institutional, and other population-based intervention strategies to improve nutritional health status, decrease food scarcity and reduce obesity
  4. Analyze and assess policies aimed at increasing access and reducing barriers to food security and improved national health status in diverse population groups
  5. Apply evidence-based research findings to the development and implementation of nutrition polices, programs, and interventions in the United States and globally

 

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.

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My NYU MPH experience has been invaluable to my personal and professional growth. The high caliber of professors and students from around the world not only provided unique global perspectives to public health challenges, but also motivated me to step outside of my comfort zone and develop new skills. Being able to apply the concepts I learned in class to my internship the very next day was especially rewarding. I can sincerely say that this is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!
- Carolina Hernandez, MPH 2021, Public Health Nutrition Concentration

Public Health Nutrition Course Checklist

The Public Health Nutrition checklist (2019 or later) 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.

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 Nutrition and Food Studies at NYU’s Steinhardt School.

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 Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Policy & Management (1.5)
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)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (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)

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 2342 Global Issues in Public Health Nutrition (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)
* By permission, students who have nutrition/dietetics degree may waive this course and select an advanced elective of their choice instead. Please reach out to Dr. Joyce O'Connor (jao8@nyu.edu) for questions regarding this.

All students in the Public Health Nutrition concentration select can 6 credits of public health electives. Students may choose any GPH-GU course. Please note that some electives have pre-requisites and some are restricted to other MPH concentrations during the first two weeks of the registration period. Students may refer to the course schedule to see which courses are being offered for the next semester.

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 2359 Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2360 Integrative Learning Experience Seminar (2)

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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 2342 Global Issues in Public Health Nutrition (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 (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2359 Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2218 Assessing Community Health Needs & Resources (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Policy & Management (1.5)
Elective (3)

Spring Semester (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2360 Integrative Learning Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2275 Nutrition Epidemiology for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
Elective (3)

Year 1:

Spring semester (12 credits)
GPH-GU 5190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 5106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2213 Public Health Nutrition (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Policy & Management (1.5)

Fall semester (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 2361 Research Methods in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2115 Introduction to Principles of Nutrition in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop 0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)

Year 2:

Spring semester (11 credits)
GPH-GU 5359 Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2342 Global Issues in Public Health Nutrition (3)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
GPH-GU 2275 Nutrition Epidemiology for Public Health (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 (0)

Fall semester (11 credits)
GPH-GU 5360 Integrative Learning Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2218 Assessing Community Health Needs & Resources (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

Key People

Public Health Nutrition Program

Joyce O'Connor, DrPH
Director of Public Health Nutrition
Director of Advanced Certificate in Public Health
Clinical Associate Professor of Public Health Nutrition
jao8@nyu.edu

Supriya Lal, MPH
Program Administrator
ssl444@nyu.edu

 

Public Health Nutrition Program
School of Global Public Health
New York University
708 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

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