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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 2015 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)

Required Courses and Credit Hours Needed

Required Courses: 10 hours

HN 600

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

HN 844

Nutritional Epidemiology (3 hrs)

HN 820

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

HN 880

Graduate Seminar in Human Nutrition (1 hr)

Choose 2-3 Courses: 5-8 hours

HN 620

Nutrient Metabolism (3 hrs)

HN 631

Clinical Nutrition I (3 hrs)

HN 632

Clinical Nutrition II (3 hrs)

HN 635

Nutrition and Exercise (3 hrs)

HN 718

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

HN 726

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

HN 735

Advanced Energy Balance (3 hrs)

HN 780

Problems in Human Nutrition (variable)

HN 782

Topics in Human Nutrition (3 hrs)

HN 800

Nutrition Education and Communication (3 hrs)

HN 810

Advanced Macronutrient Metabolism (5 hrs)

HN 812

Advanced Micronutrient Metabolism (3 hrs)

HN 841

Consumer Response Evaluation (3 hrs)

HN 862

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

Choose 2-3 Courses: 4-6 hours

MC 750

Strategic Health Communication (alternate years)

MC 760

Communication and Risk (alternate years)


Introduction to Health Psychology


Wealth, Power and Privilege


Race and Ethnic Relations in the USA

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).