Program Overview

Academic Coursework

A minimum of 30 credit hours is required for completion of the MS in Public Health Nutrition. To view a list of all courses offered by the department, please visit the General Bulletin and click on the Courses tab at the top of the page. In addition, in order to complete the university's requirements for the Master's degree, students take a written comprehensive examination in their final semester.

Program of Study-First Year

Course Number Course Description Fall Spring Summer
NTRN 516 Seminar in Dietetics I 4    
NTRN 528 Introduction to Public Health Nutrition 3 - -
NTRN 561 Investigative Methods in Nutrition 4
Elective Nutrition Elective (400-level or above) 3
MGRD 425 Leadership and Professional Development Skills for Biomedical Sciences 0    
NTRN 530  Public Health Nutrition  -
NTRN 531 Public Health Nutrition Field Experience
Elective Nutrition Elective (400-level or above) -
NTRN 534 Advanced Public Health Nutrition Field Experience  -
Semester Totals:   14  8 3 

Program of Study-Second Year

Course Number Course Description Credits
NTRN 436 Pediatric Nutrition 3
NTRN 532C Public Health Nutrition Field Experience
Semester Total:  6
Total Units in Sequence: 31

Supervised Practice

A minimum of 1320 hours of supervised practice is required to receive the dietetic internship verification statement. Required rotations are as follows:

Block Minimum # of Weeks Examples of Sites
Public Health Block 11 CDC, USDA FNS MW Regional Office, USDA FNS East Regional Office, MA WIC, Utah WIC, Arizona Dept of Health, Ohio Department of Health, NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene
Clinical/Acute Care 8 Lake Health, Southwest General Medical Center,  Mt. Alverna Village, Menorah Park
Community 4 Hunger Network, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
Counseling 5 Cuyahoga County WIC, MetroHealth outpatient sites, St. Vincent Charity Bariatrics,  Rainbow Peds GI, NEON, Neighborhood Family Practice
Food Service 5 Schools, long-term care facilities
Research 4 Prevention Research Center, CWRU Faculty research projects
Elective 4 Centers for Dialysis Care, DaVita Dialysis, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Dialysis, Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Cardinal Health, Be Well Solutions, Lake Health Wellness Institute, Evi-Base, intern suggestion
TOTAL 41  

As an intern, you will be expected to be at your rotation sites a minimum of eight hours each day, in addition to completing assignments and attending meetings for your rotations. Your schedule will mimic the schedule of your preceptor and may include evening and weekend hours.

Time Off and Holidays

Students follow the University calendar during their first semester. Once supervised practice begins, the program allows for two personal days in addition to University holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Additional Requirements

Before beginning supervised practice, students must have a background check completed by CWRU Public Safety and urine drug test completed by University Health Services. There is no cost to the intern.

Students must be vaccinated against influenza annually in the fall. Flu shot clinics are available on campus free of charge.

Interns will be required to drive to rotation sites. Therefore, a valid driver's license and reliable transportation are necessary.