Public Health Nutrition Concentration

The Public Health Nutrition concentration trains students to promote health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases and obesity through educational and environmental approaches to improved nutrition and physical activity. Students will be prepared to identify and assess diet-related health problems among diverse population groups worldwide, recognizing the social, cultural, economic, environmental, and institutional factors that contribute to the risk of malnutrition.

MPH in Public Health Nutrition (46 credits)

This concentration is a 46-credit program that is offered full-time/part-time and can be completed in-person, through a hybrid model, or fully remotely. All online courses are asynchronous, allowing students the flexibility to complete coursework at times that work best for them. 

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Key Skills
Professional Development
Degree Requirements and Course Sequences
Public Health Nutrition Planning Checklist (for students who matriculated in 2024)
Public Health Nutrition Planning Checklist (for students who matriculated prior to 2024)

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

Students who graduate with an MPH in Public Health Nutrition will be prepared to take on leadership roles in public health settings around the globe. Graduates will 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 among diverse populations.
  2. Describe key factors that contribute to malnutrition risk among populations.
  3. Communicate nutrition-related information both orally and in writing. 
  4. Analyze programs or policies aimed at improving food security health status among diverse populations.
  5. Critically evaluate and interpret nutrition research findings and their implications for the development of nutrition policies.

 

Professional Development

Students will benefit from countless opportunities to build skills and experience to prepare for successful careers in public health nutrition. There are many professional development opportunities available at NYU GPH, including internships, fellowships, employment, volunteer opportunities, professional association membership, and more.

Are you interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian?
Public Health Nutrition students have the unique opportunity to complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics course requirements alongside the MPH. Students enrolled in this pathway will complete the MPH requirements at NYU GPH and the DPD requirements within the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at NYU Steinhardt. Learn more here

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

All students in the Public Health Nutrition concentration take the following core courses (18 credits):
(Note: online students take the 5000-level version of the classes below)

GPH-GU 2030 Introduction to Global Health (2) [F, S]
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3) [F, S]
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3) [F, S]
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (2) [F, S, Su]
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Policy and Management (2) [F, S, Su]
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3) [F, S, Su]
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3) [F, S, Su]
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0) [F]
GPH-GU 5170 Introduction to Public Health (0) [F, S]
 

All students in the Public Health Nutrition concentration take the following concentration courses (18 credits):
GPH-GU 2213 Public Health Nutrition (3) [S]
GPH-GU 2115 Introduction to Principles of Nutrition in Public Health (3)* [F]
GPH-GU 2342 Global Issues in Public Health Nutrition (3) [S]
GPH-GU 2275 Nutrition Epidemiology for Public Health (3) [S]
GPH-GU 2218 Assessing Community Health Needs & Resources (3) [F]
GPH-GU 2361 Research Methods in Public Health (3) [F, S]

* Students who have a nutrition/dietetics degree may complete the Graduate Course Waiver to waive this course and select an advanced elective of their choice instead. 

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.

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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) [F, S]
GPH-GU 2360 Integrative Learning Experience Seminar (2) [F, S]

Year 1:

(Note: online students take the 5000-level version of the classes below)

Fall Semester (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2115 Introduction to Principles of Nutrition in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2030 Introduction to Global Health (2)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop 0)
GPH-GU 5170 Introduction to Public Health (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)

Summer
Fieldwork hours for the Applied Practice requirement.
 

Year 2:

Fall Semester (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2359 Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)*
GPH-GU 2218 Assessing Community Health Needs & Resources (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (2)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Policy & Management (2)
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)

* these courses meet for 7 weeks each and may be taken in the same semester.

Year 1:

(Note: online students will take the online 5000-level version of the course below)

Spring semester (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2030 Introduction to Global Health (2)
GPH-GU 5106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2213 Public Health Nutrition (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (2)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Policy & Management (2)

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 5170 Introduction to Public Health (0)

 

Year 2:

Spring semester (12 credits)
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)
Elective (3)

Summer
Fieldwork hours for Applied Practice requirement.

Fall semester (10 credits)
GPH-GU 5359 Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 5360 Integrative Learning Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2218 Assessing Community Health Needs & Resources (3)
Elective (3)
 

Year 1:

(Note: online students take the 5000-level version of the classes below)

Fall Semester (6 credits)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2115 Introduction to Principles of Nutrition in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop 0)
GPH-GU 5170 Introduction to Public Health (0)

Spring Semester (6 credits)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2213 Public Health Nutrition (3)


Year 2:

Fall semester (6 credits)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)

Spring semester (6 credits)
GPH-GU 2361 Research Methods in Public Health (3)
Elective (3)


Year 3:

Fall semester (6 credits)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (2)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Policy & Management (2)
GPH-GU 2030 Introduction to Global Health (2)

Spring semester (6 credits)
GPH-GU 2275 Nutrition Epidemiology for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2342 Global Issues in Public Health Nutrition (3)

Summer
Fieldwork hours for the Applied Practice requirement.
 

Year 4:

Fall Semester (5 credits)
GPH-GU 2359 Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)*
GPH-GU 2218 Assessing Community Health Needs & Resources (3)

Spring Semester (5 credits)
GPH-GU 2360 Integrative Learning Experience Seminar (2)*
Elective (3)

* these courses meet for 7 weeks each and may be taken in the same semester.

Are you ready to reinvent the global public health paradigm and become a leader that helps populations around the world? Apply for the Master of Public Health Nutrition concentration now!

Key People

Public Health Nutrition Program

Andrea L. Deierlein PhD, MPH, MS
Director of Public Health Nutrition
Associate Professor, Public Health Nutrition
ald8@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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