Emphasis in Public Health Nutrition
PHN Emphasis Area Competency
Description of Competency
Information literacy of public health nutrition
Examine the acquisition of public health nutrition knowledge and skills, and evaluate how to select information efficiently and effectively for public health practice.
Compare and relate research into practice
Examine chronic disease surveillance, policy, program planning and evaluation, and program management.
Population-based health administration
Develop and examine the administration of population-based food, nutrition and health services.
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
Critique nutritional epidemiological research design methods.
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 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)
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.
Public Health Nutrition (3 hrs) (may substitute if already taken)
Nutritional Epidemiology (3 hrs)
Functional Foods for Chronic Disease Prevention (3 hrs) (even years)
Graduate Seminar in Human Nutrition (1 hr)
Elective courses = 11 hours
Interdisciplinary Process (online Manhattan; face-to-face Olathe) (3 hrs)
Nutrient Metabolism (3 hrs)
Clinical Nutrition I (3 hrs)
Clinical Nutrition II (3 hrs)
Nutrition and Exercise (3 hrs)
Global Health and Nutrition (3 hrs)
Physical Health and Aging (3 hrs)
Nutrition and Wellness (3 hrs)
Advanced Energy Balance (3 hrs)
Problems in Nutrition (variable)
Topics in Human Nutrition (3 hrs)
Nutrition Education and Communication (3 hrs)
Advanced Macronutrient Metabolism (5 hrs)
Advanced Micronutrient Metabolism (3 hrs)
Consumer Response Evaluation (3 hrs)
Maternal and Child Nutrition (3 hrs) (GP Prog
Environmental Scanning and Analysis of Current Issues in Dietetics (3 hrs)
Program Design, Evaluation, and Implementation (3 hrs)
Program Planning and Evaluation (3 hrs)
Physical Activity and Human Behavior (3 hrs)
Strategic Health Communication (3 hrs) (alternate years)
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)
Regression and Analysis of Variance (3 hrs)
Sample Survey Methods (3 hrs)
Applied Linear Stat Models (3 hrs) (same as STAT 705 only more mathematical)
Non-parametric Statistics (3 hrs)
Categorical Data Analysis (3 hrs)
Design Experiments (3 hrs)
Intro to SAS Computing (1 hr)
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/