Public Health Nutrition

This online Master of Public Health Nutrition (MPH) degree includes interdisciplinary training in nutrition-related sciences and the core public health disciplines. Students will learn about the methods for quantifying dietary intake and nutritional status, the role of diet in disease risk and health promotion, and the design and implementation of nutrition policy and programs to improve the health of local, national, and global populations. The land grant setting of Utah State University provides unique opportunities for the study of the relationship between human nutritional status and health with strong academic and research programs in nutritional epidemiology, federal and community nutrition programs, nutritional biochemistry and molecular biology, USU Extension nutrition outreach programs, food science, food safety, agricultural practices, animal health, climate change, and environmental sciences. This program is 100% online so you can complete the program from anywhere around the world! This program can be pursued part time or full time.

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to a graduate program, you must meet these minimum requirements.

  • Complete online application.
  • Pay the $55 application fee.
  • Provide transcripts for all college/university credits.
  • Include a statement of purpose in your online application.
  • 3.0 or higher GPA for the last 60 semester (90 quarter) credit hours.
  • 3 professional letters of recommendation.

Students from any related undergraduate major are invited to apply. Applicants are expected to have strong written and oral communication skills.

Applicants do need to have taken an undergraduate course in statistics and nutrition.

*As of summer 2021, the GRE is no longer required to apply for the MPH Nutrition Program.


Mateja R. Savoie Roskos

Associate Professor
CAAS MPH Program Director
NFS 207B

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42 credits are required for this online degree.

Year One

Fall Semester Credits Info
NDFS 6140--Introduction to Public Health 3 Required to take during your first fall semester
NDFS 6240--Program Planning and Evaluation in Public Health 3 Required
NDFS 620--Nutritional Epidemiology 3 Required
Total credits 9  
Spring Semester Credits Info
ADVS 5000--One Health: People, Animals, and the Environment 3 Required
NDFS 6010--Hunger Issues and Solutions 3 Required
NDFS 6280--Public Health
Administration and Leadership
3 Required
Elective 3  
Total credits 12  

Year Two

Fall Semester Year 2 Credits info
NDFS 6600--Current Topics in Obesity 3 Required
NDFS 6810--Social Determinants of Health 3 Required
Elective 3  
Total credits 9  
Spring Semester Year 2 Credits info
NDFS 6210--Advanced Public Health Nutrition 3 Required
NDFS 623--Communicating Current Topics in Nutrition 3 Required
**NDFS 6840--Global Field Studies in Public Health Nutrition
**NDFS 6850--Local Field Studies in Public Health Nutrition
3 Required
NDFS 6550--Public Health Policy and Advocacy 3 Required
Total credits 12  


(Other electives may be approved by your faculty advisor)

Elective courses Credits Delivery Semester(s) Taught
NDFS 6800--Counseling and Motivational Interviewing for Health Professionals 3 Online Fall
NDFS 6320--Advanced Sports Nutrition 3 Online Fall
NDFS 6520--Current Issues in Food Regulatory Affairs 3 Online Spring
NDFS 6310--Fundamentals of Nutrition Research 3 Online Fall
ADVS 6000--Ecology and Health 3 Online Summer
ASTE 6920—Communication Tools for Extension 3 Online Every other year
HEP 5000—Race, Culture, Class, and Gender in Health 3 Online Fall and Spring
SOC 6450--Sociology of Health and Medicine 3 Online Spring
HEP 6120--Foundations of Global Health 3 Online OR Study Abroad Fall - online
Summer - Study Abroad
NDFS 6470--Global Public Health 3 Online Fall 
HEP 5400--Prevention Strategies for Obesity and Disordered Eating 3 Online Fall/Spring

** Students take 3 credits of either NDFS 6840 or NDFS 6850 depending on whether their project will be completed in the U.S. or internationally.

The MPH Nutrition program is considered a professional program (Plan C). Students must complete an applied practice experience and write a capstone paper. Students should contact their advisor early in their program to outline an acceptable project and to be certain that all degree requirements will be met and that all appropriate paperwork has been sent to the School of Graduate Studies. Plan A and Plan B options are available under certain circumstances.


Students who complete a MPH degree in public health nutrition can seek out diverse positions in public health organizations that offer opportunities for leadership roles, professional development, and higher pay and benefits.

These organizations include:

  • Local, state, and federal health agencies
  • Colleges and universities
  • Health care organizations
  • State and local public health departments
  • Federal nutrition assistance and education programs such as: WIC, SNAP-Ed, and EFNEP
  • Community food banks and pantries
  • International health and nutrition programs and aid agencies

Potential positions for MPH graduates include:

  • Public health nutritionist
  • Nutritional epidemiologist
  • Preparation for medical school or doctoral studies in public health
  • Public health educator
  • Management positions in school, community, and clinical nutrition programs

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs/RDs) will soon be required to have a masters level degree. Dietitians often work in public health and community settings for which MPH coursework and hands-on experience is very valuable. The MPH degree can also be a stepping-stone to medical school, dental school, or doctoral degree programs in public health.