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Master of Public Health Program

Emphasis in Public Health Nutrition

(PDF - Public Health Nutrition Course Requirements)

(Excel - MPH Degree Completion and Course Checklist)

The curriculum prepares professionals to apply nutrition principles in evidence-based interventions to promote healthful eating in populations, and to focus on interactions between nutrition and health. Curriculum topics include: nutritional epidemiology; obesity prevention; and intervention strategies for impacting health through nutrition.

Note: All students admitted Fall 2016 and beyond MUST follow the course list below.

“Core” requirements (15 or 17 credit hours)
Each student in the MPH Program must complete these required public health core courses:

  • Biostatistics: MPH 701 Fundamental Methods of Biostatistics (3 hrs)
  • Environmental health sciences: MPH 802 Environmental Toxicology (3 hrs)
  • Epidemiology: 2 options:
    • MPH 754 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 hrs) OR
    • MPH 708 Veterinary Epidemiology (2 hrs) and MPH 854 Intermediate Epidemiology (3 hrs) (TOTAL of 5 credit hours)
  • Health services administration:MPH 720 Administration of Health Care Organizations (3 hrs)
  • Social and behavioral sciences: MPH 818 Social and Behavioral Bases of Public Health (3 hrs)

Prerequisite courses: Students without an undergraduate degree in nutrition or dietetics or graduate work in nutrition need an understanding of human nutrition similar to that which is taught in: FNDH 400 Human Nutrition and FNDH 450 Nutritional Assessment. These courses or the equivalent must be completed before the student is approved for full admission status in the program.

Required Courses and Credit Hours Needed

Required Courses: 10 hours

FNDH 600

Public Health Nutrition (3 hrs) (may substitute if already taken)

FNDH 844

Nutritional Epidemiology (3 hrs)

FNDH 820

Functional Foods for Chronic Disease Prevention (3 hrs) (even years)

FNDH 880

Graduate Seminar in Human Nutrition (1 hr)

Choose 2-3 Courses: 5-8 hours

FNDH 620

Nutrient Metabolism (3 hrs)

FNDH 631

Clinical Nutrition I (3 hrs)

FNDH 632

Clinical Nutrition II (3 hrs)

FNDH 635

Nutrition and Exercise (3 hrs)

FNDH 700

Global Health and Nutrition (3 hrs)

FNDH 718

Physical Health and Aging (3 hrs) (alternate odd years)

FNDH 726

Nutrition and Wellness (3 hrs) (Great Plains Program)

FNDH 735

Advanced Energy Balance (3 hrs)

FNDH 780

Problems in Human Nutrition (variable)

FNDH 782

Topics in Human Nutrition (3 hrs)

FNDH 800

Nutrition Education and Communication (3 hrs)

FNDH 810

Advanced Macronutrient Metabolism (5 hrs)

FNDH 812

Advanced Micronutrient Metabolism (3 hrs)

FNDH 841

Consumer Response Evaluation (3 hrs)

FNDH 862

Maternal and Child Nutrition (3 hrs) (Great Plains Program)

FNDH 891

Environmental Scanning and Analysis of Current Issues in Dietetics (3 hrs)

Choose 1-3 Courses: Minimum 3 hrs

AAI 801

Interdisciplinary Process (online Manhattan; face-to-face Olathe) (3 hrs)

FSHS 714

Program Design, Evaluation, and Implementation (3 hrs)

KIN 610

Program Planning and Evaluation (3 hrs)

KIN 805

Physical Activity and Human Behavior (3 hrs)

MC 750

Strategic Health Communication (3 hrs) (alternate years)

MC 760

Communication and Risk (3 hrs) (alternate years)


Introduction to Health Psychology (3 hrs)


Wealth, Power and Privilege (3 hrs)


Race and Ethnic Relations in the USA (3 hrs)

STAT 705

Regression and Analysis of Variance (3 hrs)

STAT 710

Sample Survey Methods (3 hrs)

STAT 713

Applied Linear Stat Methods (3 hrs) (same as STAT 705 but more mathematical)

STAT 716

Non-parametric Statistics (3 hrs)

STAT 717

Categorical Data Analysis (3 hrs)

STAT 720

Design Experiments (3 hrs)

STAT 725

Intro to SAS Computing (1 hr)

STAT 730

Multivariate Statistics Methods (3 hrs)

Capstone/culminating experience (6 credit hours)
Total hrs required for MPH Degree (42 hours)

All students admitted BEFORE Fall 2012 may follow the old requirements  or the new requirements (above).