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MSPH — Human Nutrition / Registered Dietitian Program

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 RDN credential.

In the dietetics practicum, which follows completion of the MSPH course work, students complete the following:

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 Exam for Dietitians.

Requirements and Prerequisites



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 2 or fewer prerequisites pending will be considered for admission.

For students applying to matriculate in academic year 2020-2021, we will accept applicants with two different sets of prerequisites:

Option A


Option B

For students applying to matriculate in academic year 2021-2022, we will only accept students with Option B set of prerequisites.

Future Education Model Status

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  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 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. 


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 program’s Mission, Goals and Outcomes may be found on the Hopkins Bayview Website. For more specific 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.

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, For information on the requirements and process to become a registered dietitian, visit

Federal regulations require Johns Hopkins University to disclose to students enrolling in this academic program whether or not it meets educational prerequisites for licensure or certification by state. This program meets the educational prerequisites for certification by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) in all states. Requirements for dietetics practice licensure vary by state. State licensure is entirely separate and distinct from registration or certification by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Information on state licensure is provided at

Frequently Asked Questions about the MSPH/RD Program.