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Master of Public Health Program

Emphasis in Public Health Nutrition

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PHN Emphasis Area Competency

Description of Competency


Information literacy of public health nutrition

Inform public health practice through analysis of evidence-based policy, systems, and environmental change.


Compare and relate research into practice

Examine chronic disease surveillance, policy, program planning and evaluation, and program management, in the context of public health nutrition.


Population-based health administration

Critically examine population-based nutrition programs.


Analysis of human nutrition principles

Examine epidemiological concepts of human nutrition in order to improve population health and reduce disease risk.


Analysis of nutrition epidemiology

Describe criteria for validity in nutritional epidemiological methodology.

(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 2018 and beyond MUST follow the course list below.

“Core” requirements (15 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: 
  • MPH 754 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 hrs) 
  • 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)

Specific Emphasis Area Requirements and Credit Hours

Required Courses = 10 hours

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.

FNDH 600

Public Health Nutrition (3 hrs) (online section available)

FNDH 844

Nutritional Epidemiology (3 hrs) (online section available)

FNDH 820

Functional Foods for Chronic Disease Prevention (3 hrs) (online only)

FNDH 880

Graduate Seminar in Human Nutrition (1 hr) (online section available)

Elective courses = 11 hours

AAI 801

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

FNDH 620

Nutrient Metabolism (3 hrs) (online section available)

FNDH 631

Clinical Nutrition I (3 hrs) (online section available)

FNDH 632

Clinical Nutrition II (3 hrs) (online section available)

FNDH 635

Nutrition and Exercise (3 hrs) (GP Program)

FNDH 700

Global Health and Nutrition (3 hrs) (online only)

FNDH 718

Physical Health and Aging (3 hrs)

FNDH 726

Nutrition and Wellness (3 hrs) (GP Program)

FNDH 735

Advanced Energy Balance (3 hrs) (GP Program)

FNDH 780

Problems in Nutrition (variable) (online section available)

FNDH 782

Topics in Human Nutrition (3 hrs) (online section available)

FNDH 800

Nutrition Education and Communication (3 hrs) (online only)

FNDH 810

Advanced Macronutrient Metabolism (5 hrs)

FNDH 812

Advanced Micronutrient Metabolism (3 hrs)

FNDH 841

Consumer Response Evaluation (3 hrs) (online section available)

FNDH 862

Maternal and Child Nutrition (3 hrs) (GP Program)

FNDH 891

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

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 Models (3 hrs) (same as STAT 705 only 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 Statistical Methods (3 hrs)

Plus any graduate course approved by the graduate committee and the program director.

Culminating experience  - MPH 840 (6 credit hours)

Total hrs required for MPH Degree (42 hours)

All MPH graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above in ALL graduate course work to remain in good standing in the program and to graduate with an MPH degree.  Detailed information concerning this requirement may be found on the Graduate School website:  http://www.k-state.edu/grad/