Advanced Certificate in Public Health Nutrition

During this 15-credit program, students are permitted to consecutively earn both their Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and the Advanced Certificate. Students will earn credits from specific courses that are currently required or accepted as an elective for some concentrations. Thus, these credits will also satisfy the MPH degree requirements.

Who Should Enroll?

Students enrolled in the NYU MPH program are eligible to do this certificate if they are in the following concentrations: Community Health Sciences and Practice, Environmental Public Health, Epidemiology, Global Health, Public Health Policy and Management, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Sustainable Development Goals.

The recommended time for completion of the MPH/Advanced Certificate is four semesters. Students in the MPH who are also enrolled in the certificate should be aware that upon completion of the MPH and the certificate, they should have a total of 52 credits. The certificate is 15 credits, but only 3 certificate courses (9 credits) may be double-counted with the MPH (46 credits, which includes 9 double-counted credits, plus 6 additional credits).

International Students who pursue the certificate with the MPH are not allowed to receive a Program Extension as the certificate is not required to complete the MPH program. Therefore, they must complete the certificate by the time they graduate from their MPH.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Advanced Certificate in Public Health Nutrition, students will be able to:

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


Required courses (6 credits):

GPH-GU 2213/5213 Public Health Nutrition (3) (Spring)* 
GPH-GU 2115/5115 Introduction to Principles of Nutrition in Public Health (3) (Fall)* 

Choose three electives from the following courses (9 credits):

GPH-GU 2217 Food Policy for Public Health (3) (Fall) 
GPH-GU 2342/5342 Global Issues in Public Health Nutrition (3) (Spring) 
GPH-GU 2344 Maternal and Child Nutrition in Public Health (3) (Fall) 
GPH-GU 2275/5275 Nutrition Epidemiology for Public Health (3) (Spring)*

* the 5000-level number indicates that this course is also offered online. 

How Do I Apply?

Current GPH students can apply through this application.

All other applicants must submit applications online through SOPHAS Express, the common application for schools and programs of public health. In order to be eligible for the certificate, you must hold the following:
•    Bachelor’s degree or US equivalent from an accredited institution
•    Minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA

To apply, you must submit your application as well as the following materials:
•    Scanned copies of transcripts for all post-secondary education completed, regardless of whether a degree was awarded
•    Resume or CV
•    Personal statement of no longer than 1200 words expressing a rationale for pursuing the certificate
•    1 letter of support from either a professional or academic reference

Financial Aid

You may be eligible for federal financial aid and/or private educational loans to pursue the certificate program. Learn more about your options for aid from GPH’s Office of Financial Aid.

For More Information

Please email Joyce A O'Connor, DrPH, MA, RD, Program Director, at with any questions you may have.