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Master of Public Health

Food, Nutrition & Health

The MPH concentration in Food, Nutrition and Health provides students with an opportunity to focus their study on food and nutrition as it affects health, and to integrate this information with other coursework in order to develop the skills to understand and address nutrition problems in the United States and around the world.

Competencies Gained

Course of Study

Students are required to complete the following course:
222.860Graduate Nutrition Seminar

4 credits/
1 per term

1st through 4th terms
Students are required to complete two of the following "core" courses:
222.641Principles of Human Nutrition*4 credits1st term
222.642Assessment of Nutritional Status3 credits2nd term
222.647Nutrition Epidemiology3 credits3rd term
Students are required to complete at least three of the following courses:
222.657Food and Nutrition Policy2 credits1st term
222.651Advanced Nutrient Metabolism3 credits2nd term
222.653Food, Technology and Health3 credits4th term
222.655Nutrition and Life Stages3 credits3rd term
182.640Food- and Water- borne Diseases*3 credits3rd term
221.611Food, Nutrition and Livelihood in Humanitarian Emergencies2 credits4th term
222.649International Nutrition3 credits4th term [Internet - 4th term]
222.654Food, Culture, and Nutrition4 credits4th term
410.675Critical Analysis of Popular Diets and Dietary Supplements3 credits4th term
340.644Epidemiology of Diabetes and Obesity2 credits4th term
222.652Nutrition in Disease Treatment and Prevention3 creditsInternet - 4th term
223.665.81Infection, Immunity and Undernutrition: Interactions and Effects4 creditsInternet -3rd term
380.744.81Nutrition & Growth in Maternal & Child Health2 creditsInternet - 1st term
Note: If the student takes all three "core" courses, only one can be counted towards this requirement.
Other Nutrition-related Course:
222.658Critical Thinking in Nutrition ++1 credit1st term
++ This course may not be used to fulfill the course requirements for the concentration but may be of interest to students in the concentration.

Focusing In On Your Interests

The concentration options allow the students to focus their interests in food and nutrition. To illustrate, we provide options for choosing amongst the courses to suit common interests of students in the concentration.

International Nutrition
222.641Principles of Human Nutrition*4 credits1st term
222.657Food and Nutrition Policy2 credits1st term
222.642Assessment of Nutritional Status3 credits2nd term
222.655Nutrition and Life Stages3 credits3rd term
221.611Food, Nutrition and Livelihood in Humanitarian Emergencies2 credits4th term
222.649International Nutrition3 credits4th term [Internet - 4th term]
222.654Food, Culture, and Nutrition4 credits4th term
223.665.81Infection, Immunity and Undernutrition: Interactions and Effects4 creditsInternet - 3rd term
Nutrition Epidemiology
222.642Assessment of Nutritional Status3 credits2nd term
222.653Food, Technology, and Health3 credits4th term
222.647Nutrition Epidemiology3 credits3rd term
222.655Nutrition and Life Stages3 credits3rd term
340.644Introduction to Diabetes and Obesity2 credits4th term
222.652Nutrition in Disease Treatment and Prevention3 credtis4th term [Internet - 4th term]
Food and Nutrition Policy
222.641Principles of Human Nutrition*4 credits1st term
222.657Food and Nutrition Policy2 credits1st term
222.642Assessment of Nutritional Status3 credits2nd term
222.653Food, Technology and Health3 credits4th term
182.640Food- and Water- borne Diseases*3 credits3rd term
222.647Nutrition Epidemiology3 credits3rd term
222. 654Food, Culture, and Nutrition4 credits4th term
410.675Critical Analysis of Popular Diets and Dietary Supplements3 credits4th term

*Also fulfills MPH core requirement.

Capstone Experience

Typically, the capstone experience involves the application of the skills and competencies acquired during the MPH coursework to the solution of a particular nutrition problem or to the analysis of food and nutrition policies and/or programs. There are many opportunities for students to utilize available data sets to conduct statistical analyses for their capstone, and this would be strongly recommended for those interested in Nutritional Epidemiology.

Through meetings with their advisor and concentration meetings (to be held quarterly), students will explore their interests and options for a capstone experience. During the 3rd term, students will register for two credits of research special studies (XXX.840) for the capstone experience under the direction of their capstone advisor. In 4th term, students are required to register for the 2-credit MPH Capstone Course (XXX.800). Students will make a formal presentation of their capstone experience as part of the MPH Capstone Symposium.

Faculty Concentration Director

Laura E. Caulfield, PhD, Professor, Center for Human Nutrition and Department of International Health, 410-955-2786, lcaulfie@jhsph.edu

Eliseo Guallar, MD, DrPH, MPH, Professor, Department of Epidemiology and International Health, 410-614-0574, eguallar@jhsph.edu