MSPH — Human Nutrition / Registered Dietitian Program
Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
The MSPH/RD coordinated program is a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) and the Dietetics Education Program at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (JHBMC). This MSPH option offers students interested in nutrition the opportunity to earn both the MSPH degree in Human Nutrition and complete a 38-week dietetic practicum in public health nutrition in preparation for obtaining the RD credential.
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 Burn Center and the Johns Hopkins Children's Center
- Community rotations at sites in the Baltimore area
- An 8- to 10-week public health rotation with a local public health program 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).
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 Registration Examination for Dietitians.
Admission requirements for the MSPH/RD include
- Bachelor's degree in a nutrition- or science-related field (e.g., nutrition, health, biology, chemistry)
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
- Personal statement
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal interview
Prerequisite courses are required (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 2 or fewer prerequisites pending will be considered for admission. These include:
- Anatomy and physiology (two semesters)
- Organic chemistry
- Psychology and/or counseling skills
- Introductory Nutrition
Students must meet the nutrition- or science-related degree requirement in addition to pre-requisite course requirements.
In addition to the tuition requirements for the professional MSPH degree, students accepted for the RD must pay a $500 deposit by March 1 of their first academic year to secure their place, and pay the remainder of the $7500 RD clinical training fee by September 1. There are some incidental costs specific to the training as well. Additional information on the RD practicum option can be found on the Hopkins Bayview Website.
For information regarding this program contact Dr. Laura Caulfield, Program in Human Nutrition at (410) 955-2786; Ms. Marcy Kane, Manager, Nutrition Education and Research at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, at (410) 550 2501; or Ms. Cristina Salazar, Academic Programs Manager for the Department of International Health, at (410) 955-3734.
This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600 ext 5400. Website: http://www.eatright.org/
Frequently Asked Questions about the MSPH/RD Program.