The program is structured to provide students with the skills needed to contribute to scientific understanding of public health nutrition challenges, create healthy food systems, identify and advocate for effective food policies, and plan, implement, and evaluate programs to improve population nutrition and health. We seek to train people who want to lead at the local, state, national, and global levels in tackling nutrition challenges and improving population diet and health. This program offers training in core public health skills and specifically focuses on nutrition policy, epidemiology, and food systems, as well as overall critical thinking, analysis, and leadership skills.
Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree, preferably one that includes coursework in food and nutrition sciences, human biology, biochemistry, and/or physiology.
Coursework in other social sciences, including psychology, behavioral science, or economics strengthen an application. Successful applicants also should have excellent written and oral communication. Candidates should have at least 1 to 2 years of paid or volunteer public health or nutrition-related work experience to strengthen and support their interests in working in this field.