Public Health Nutrition

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Master of Science

About the Program

Earning your MS in Public Health Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University means being prepared to advance the nutritional health of our population through work in public health or community agencies. Our teaching faculty, 70% of whom have received nominations and awards for excellence in teaching and mentoring, will provide you with a personalized learning and mentoring experience through courses in public health theory, program development and evaluation, nutritional epidemiology and more. Apply today to begin forging a career that promotes health and reduces the risk of chronic disease.

What to Expect

You’ll complete 31 semester hours of flexible coursework in 16 months.

If you don’t have an undergraduate degree in nutrition, you’ll gain an introduction through NTRN 401 (Nutrition for Community and Health Care Professionals) before you begin. From there, your coursework will include training in public health theory, program development and evaluation, nutritional epidemiology, human nutrition and life-cycle specific nutritional needs. These courses will prepare you for a career in health and community agencies, government or public policy  to promote nutrition and reduce the risk of chronic disease across communities.

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Beyond the Classroom

Complete your master's degree in one to two years, or just 31 credit hours. There is no one standardized curriculum for the MS in Public Health Nutrition, and you don't need a bachelor's degree in nutrition to qualify. You can choose full- or part-time study and be prepared for a variety of health care careers.

And go further than a master’s degree. This program’s flexibility allows you to complete the courses required to apply for a dietetic internship so you can become a registered dietitian. Should you choose to go this route, you’ll combine your academic work with clinical practice at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, or Cleveland Clinic. Or, you can pursue an internship involving supervised practice at local agencies as you put your training to work—the choice is yours! 


By the Numbers


average placement rate into dietetic internships


acceptance rate into MD and PhD programs


among nutritional science programs (Grad School Hub, 2020)


awards from the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics received by department faculty and alumni


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

Application Requirements

All applicants must have completed, or be on track to complete, a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited school by the start of the program. When reviewing your profile for admission consideration, we require the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (for international students only)

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