Public Health & Nutrition

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Master of Public Health, Master of Science

About the Program

Improve health and advance health equity with a dual Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve, one of the top research universities in the U.S. Our program is offered jointly by the Departments of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences and Nutrition in CWRU School of Medicine, the No. 1 medical school in Ohio and among the top 25 in the U.S. 

You’ll come away from our program prepared for a career in local, state, national or global public policy, governmental public health, hospital outreach, or federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration, just to name a few. Our graduates also serve as health emissaries to international countries regarding nutrition, sufficient food supply, sanitary environment, food safety, oral rehydration food supplements and other areas.

What to Expect

If studying full time, you can earn both degrees in three years (or take a more flexible, part-time approach if that better suits your needs). Your curriculum will include a mixture of courses spanning nutrition, biochemistry and health, such as advanced human nutrition, introduction to environmental health, public health management and policy, and nutritional biochemistry and metabolism. 

Our program takes a broad view of health and wellness, drawing from experts in genetic epidemiology, health policy, prevention research and systems-based environmental health, among others. We also offer a range of courses in quantitative sciences to support analysis and demonstrate outcomes.

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Beyond the Classroom

In Cleveland, you’ll get a daily dose of culture walking around the nearby Cleveland Cultural Gardens or exploring neighborhoods such as AsiaTown and Coventry. Check out restaurants from celebrity chef Michael Symon and other local culinary powerhouses around the city. Or peruse galleries at the Cleveland Museum of Art—just steps away from campus. 

While there’s no shortage of activities, you also want to be in a place with good career prospects (and a lower cost of living helps, too). Cleveland is one of the top 10 medical communities in the U.S., and we work closely with Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth Medical Center, and Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

And you’ll benefit from our robust network of community partners for internships or research opportunities. Settings include the aforementioned world-renowned health systems, plus departments of public health and local health centers—as well as health collaborations abroad with communities in which we have had a presence for decades. 

By the Numbers


among nutritional science programs, Grad School Hub (2020)


graduate nutrition students from 29 states


of nutrition faculty have received nominations and awards for excellence in teaching and mentoring


university in the country, U.S. News & World Report


medical university in Ohio, U.S. News & World Report

Admission Requirements

To apply to our dual-degree program, you can apply for either degree, then later join the other, or you can apply directly for the joint degree. Both the MPH and MS programs confer degrees through the School of Graduate Studies and are subject to Graduate Studies’ rules and procedures. Both programs are academically housed in the School of Medicine.

The application process requires:

  • Online application, including a statement of purpose
  • $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (either already complete, or will be complete before you enroll)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Current resume/CV
  • Test scores for GRE (optional)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL or IELTS

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Jackie Davis
Education Program Manager, Department of Nutrition
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

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