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MSPH/RD Program FAQ

Would it be possible to get credit for prerequisite courses through an online college course or do they have to be completed at a community college, local college, etc?

Prerequisite courses may be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level at an accredited institution of your choice, whether it's on-line or in-person.  For Anatomy & Physiology, they are usually offered as separate courses (an Anatomy course and a Physiology course) or as A&P I and II. Either arrangement is fine; however, a one-semester combined A&P course is too condensed to cover both topics in one semester, and it is information used on a daily basis during the practicum. If you are not sure a course fulfills the prerequisite requirements, please contact Sarah Post (410-550-9863) or Cristina Salazar (410-955-3734).

What is the admissions process to the MSPH/RD program?

Students need to apply to the MSPH program in the Department of International Health. In the application, students need to choose "International Health" as the Department, then "Human Nutrition" as the program area. Next, select the “MSPH/Registered Dietitian program” box. Applicants should also mention the RD program in their personal statements. The primary acceptance into the MSPH program is determined by the International Health admissions committee. A candidate gets a preliminary review by the Department's MSPH program. Strong applications get passed on to the Nutrition Director at the Bayview Medical Center for admission into the RD track. This committee will look at the prerequisite courses and will conduct interviews in person or by telephone. If the candidate does not get admitted by the RD program, the MSPH admissions committee reviews the applicant again and decides whether to admit the candidate into the MSPH program. The Department of International Health will contact the student with the admission decision.

Does this master's enable me to register with the American Dietetic Association?

Following completion of the MSPH/RD program at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, graduates are qualified to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

Can I apply to the RD program after I start classes as an MSPH student at JHSPH?

No, unfortunately the only time you can apply to the RD program is at the same time as you are applying to the MSPH degree in International Health.

Is there anything else I need to know about the RD program?

Students admitted to the MSPH/RD must take the course Introduction to Biomedical Sciences, which is an intensive 2-week course offered in August prior to Orientation. For more information please contact Cristina Salazar at 410-955-3734.