College of Health and Human Services2020-2021

Department of Health Sciences

Public Health - Nutrition, Master of Public Health

This program prepares you for professional practice in public health and applied research settings as well as further academic study in public health related fields. Through quality classroom instruction, applied practice experience, and a public health project, students will be adequately prepared for employment within public health agencies.

This plan is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Careers

What Can I Do with a Master of Public Health - Nutrition? 

With a Master of Public Health - Nutrition you can make a difference in the health and well-being of others through agencies and healthcare systems that address the health needs of individuals, communities, and populations. The Nutrition concentration prepares students to work both in public health settings and in agencies with a need for nutrition expertise. MPH students will be eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist examination and the credentialing examination to become a Registered Dietician Nutritionist. 

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Community Health Program Director
  • Public Health Educator
  • Public Health Research Coordinator
  • Public Health Instructor
  • County or Tribal Health Director
  • Employee Wellness/Worksite Wellness Coordinator
  • Public Health Nutritionist


University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 65
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Research Individualized research is required.
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
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Licensure

This program may lead to licensure.

Purpose Statement

The Master of Public Health prepares students for public health professions emphasizing the planning, implementation, and evaluation of health programs and policies. We aim to prepare public health professionals to address the health needs of diverse and underserved communities in northern Arizona and beyond. Students gain knowledge and skills in biostatistics, epidemiology, public health research, program planning and evaluation, health policy and management, and environmental health. We support student development through offering high quality instruction, which includes opportunities for professional growth and community engagement in public health and nutrition.

The Nutrition concentration emphasizes public health nutrition, culinary arts, foodservice management, and clinical nutrition. The Nutrition concentration is designed for students who are interested in careers as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. With the training, research, and internship experiences offered, graduates are well prepared to address the health needs within their communities.

Student Learning Outcomes

 
We will be pursuing accreditation from the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH). We are aligning our core MPH coursework with their required learning outcomes, which are as follows: 

  • Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
  • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
  • Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  • Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels
  • Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
  • Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
  • Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  • Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  • Select methods to evaluate public health programs
  • Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
  • Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
  • Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
  • Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity
  • Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
  • Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
  • Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  • Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  • Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
  • Perform effectively on interprofessional teams
  • Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue

In addition, the Nutrition coursework aligns with the following ACEND Standards: 
 
Unit 1. Foundational Knowledge. Applies foundational sciences to food and nutrition knowledge to meet the needs of individuals, groups, groups, and organizations. 
Unit 2: Client/Patient Services. Applies and integrates client/patient-centered principles and organizations. and competent nutrition and dietetics practice to ensure positive outcomes.
Unit 3: Food Systems Management. Applies food systems principles and management skills to ensure safe and efficient delivery of food and water.
Unit 4: Community and Population Health Nutrition. Applies community and population nutrition health theories when providing support to community or population nutrition programs.
Unit 5: Leadership, Business, Management and Organization. Demonstrates leadership, business and management principles to guide practice and achieve operational goals. 
Unit 6: Critical Thinking, Research and Evidence-Informed Practice. Integrates evidence-informed practice, research principles and critical thinking into practice. 
Unit 7: Core Professional Behaviors. Demonstrates professional behaviors and effective communication in all nutrition and dietetics interactions.

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 


    Individual program admission requirements include:

Master's Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
     

  • PROGRAM FEE INFORMATION
  • Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $435 per semester has been approved for this program.

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