MSPH — Human Nutrition / Registered Dietitian Program
The Johns Hopkins Master of Science in Public Health/Registered Dietitian (MSPH/RD) Program is a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Dietetics Education Program at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (JHBMC). The 19-month graduate-level education program offers students interested in nutrition the opportunity to earn both the MSPH degree in Human Nutrition and complete a 38-week dietetic practicum focusing on public health nutrition in preparation for obtaining the RDN credential. The full-time program accepts a maximum of eight students annually.
In the dietetics practicum, which follows completion of the MSPH course work, students complete the following:
- Clinical, and food service rotations at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the Johns Hopkins Hospital, including the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Rotations may periodically be scheduled at other Johns Hopkins affiliates in the Baltimore–Washington, DC region.
- Community rotations at sites in the Baltimore area
- An 8-week self-selected public health rotation with a public health program with offices located within the continental U.S. or its territories, such as USDA or WIC. This individualized rotation is developed to suit the student's career interests (e.g., humanitarian assistance, international nutrition, nutrition communications, population research, clinical investigation).
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Following completion of the MSPH/RD program at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, graduates receive a verification statement and are qualified to sit for the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) Exam for Dietitian Nutritionists.
The program is consistent with the missions within Johns Hopkins Medicine:
- To provide a seamless dietetics education program that includes the foundations of public health nutrition and comprehensive dietetics training in preparation for graduates to become skilled entry-level public health Registered Dietitian Nutritionists;
- To provide the highest quality training in the field of nutrition and dietetics through a strong, interdisciplinary training team;
- To enable students to develop skills in dietetic leadership; and
- To promote the development of dietetic professionals who are able to embrace proven theory, evaluate current research, and communicate effectively to other health professionals, peers, and the lay population.
- Bachelor's degree
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores strongly encouraged for 2021 applications
- Personal statement
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal interview
Students must EITHER hold a DPD verification statement from an ACEND accredited program OR meet the Bachelor degree requirement AND the prerequisite course requirements as described below. Prerequisite courses must be completed at the undergraduate level or higher and must be completed prior to enrollment in the MSPH/RD program. Courses and transcripts to meet these requirements will be reviewed and approved by the university and program staff. Only applications with two or fewer prerequisites pending for the spring/summer following application will be considered for admission. Courses currently enrolled in at time of application are not considered pending.
- A bachelor’s degree
- Anatomy and Physiology (2 semesters)
- Organic Chemistry
- Psychology or Counseling Skills
- Introductory Nutrition (3 credits minimum)
- Advanced Nutrition (defined as a class that has the introductory nutrition class as a prerequisite, 3 credits minimum)
Additional Program Requirements
In order to begin the program, all students are required to undergo and pass a criminal background check, drug screening, have a TB test or provide a current lung x-ray clearance, provide proof of immunizations and have a physical exam at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Occupational Health Department. Clearance to begin the program will be determined by the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Human Resources and Occupational Health Departments. A flu vaccine is required in the fall and provided at no cost to the student.
In addition, health insurance, car insurance (if using your car during the program) and an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) student membership are required.
Applications to the Johns Hopkins MSPH/RD Program must be completed via Sophas. The MSPH/RD program is part of the department of international health. Please indicate your interest in the RD program on the application.
Applications must be completed by December 1 of each year.
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will accept students without regard to race, religion, sex, age, handicap or country of national origin, and will not discriminate on those bases in the granting of access to any of its programs or activities.
Program Completion Rate and Pass Rate on the RD Exam
- The MSPH/RD program has maintained a 98-percent completion rate since its inception in 2007, and 100% of graduates have achieved first-time passing scores on the RD exam.
- Additional outcome data is available upon request.
In addition to the tuition requirements for the professional MSPH degree, students accepted for the RD track must pay a $500 deposit by March 1 of their first academic year to secure their place in the RD practicum and pay the remainder of the $7.500 RD clinical training fee by September 1. There are some incidental costs specific to the training as well, including a personal calculator, medical dictionary, and a computer with internet access and a camera.
Other expenses related to the practicum component include (approximately):
|Off-campus room and board||$600 - 1,200/month|
|Parking and travel||$800 - 1,000|
|Lab coats and safety shoes||$100|
|AND Student Membership||$58|
For up-to-date information of tuition, fees and financial aid at the School's Tuition and Fees page.
For students applying to matriculate in academic year 2022-2023 Johns Hopkins has applied to reorganize this program to a future graduate program to prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists beginning in August, 2022.
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics (see www.eatrightpro.org/FutureModel). These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.
Johns Hopkins has demonstrated its leadership in education by submitting an application to be part of the third cohort of programs to be accredited by ACEND under these new standards. The ACEND Board has approved our phase 1 application and will make a final accreditation decision on the program in 2020/2021 after review of our phase 2 report. If successful, following the phase 2 report review by the ACEND Board, we will begin recruiting students for our class entering August, 2022.
The MSPH/RD Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600, ext. 5400, www.eatrightpro.org/acend. For information on the requirements and process pathways to become a registered dietitian, visit eatrightpro.org/resources/career/become-an-rdn-or-dtr.
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Coordinated Program in dietetics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
The MSPH/RD program meets the educational prerequisites for certification by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) in all states, now and subsequent to January 1, 2024. Requirements for dietetics practice licensure vary by state. State licensure is entirely separate and distinct from registration or certification by the CDR. Information on state licensure is provided at cdrnet.org/state-licensure.
For more specific information regarding this program contact Ms. Tiffani Hays, MSPH/RD Program Director and Director of Pediatric Clinical Nutrition Education & Practice for Johns Hopkins Health System at email@example.com, Dr. Laura Caulfield (firstname.lastname@example.org), Professor & MSPH/RD Program Advisor and Coordinator for Human Nutrition at (410) 955-2786; or Ms. Cristina Salazar (email@example.com), Academic Programs Manager for the Department of International Health.
Frequently Asked Questions about the MSPH/RD Program.