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MPH Degree Course Requirements

There are 6 required core and breadth courses for all students earning an MPH degree. These courses, taken primarily in the first year of the program, provide students with a foundation in the concepts and competencies relevant to addressing determinants of health, using both qualitative and data-driven approaches.

  • PHW200G: Health and Social Behavior (3 units)
  • PHW200F: Intro to Environmental Health Science (3 units)
  • PHW200E: Health Policy and Management (3 units)
  • PHW142: Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4 units)
  • PHW250: Epidemiologic Methods (3 units)
  • PHW289: Interdisciplinary Seminar (3 units)

Upon satisfactory completion of the MPH concentration in Nutrition, graduates will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Describe the magnitude, distribution and trends of nutrition problems in populations.
  • Explain dietary influences, including social determinants, on health outcomes and identify population-based strategies to improve nutritional health.
  • Assess the nutritional status of individuals using anthropometric, diet and biochemical methods.
  • Evaluate nutrition research and interpret the implications for public health policies and programs, identifying key issues that address social inequities.
  • Apply interdisciplinary approaches to integrate social, political, economic, and ecological dimensions to contextualize nutrition, food systems and health problems and opportunities.

Nutrition Course Requirements

  • PHW205 Program Planning (3 units, Summer 2)
  • PHW206A Nutrition Assessment (3 units, Spring 1)
  • PHW206B Food and Nutrition Policy (3 units, Fall 2)
  • PHW207A (formerly PHW206) MCH Nutrition (3 units, Fall 1)
  • PHW218 Evaluation of Health and Social Programs (3 units, Spring 2)

Elective Courses

To complete the 42 units required for the MPH degree, students in the Nutrition Concentration select 3 elective courses.

Some suggested courses are below. Other courses can be taken in areas such as global health, spatial data science, policy, and regulatory science.

  • PHW204 Mass Communication in Public Health (3 units, Summer 2)
  • PHW212: Foundations of Global Health (3 units, Fall 1)
  • PHW213: Global Health Ethics (3 units, Fall 2)
  • PHW219 Social and Behavioral Health Research: Introduction to Survey Methods (3 units, Spring 1)
  • PHW220M: Health Policy Methods(3 units, Fall 1)
  • PHW241: Statistical Analysis of Categorical Data (4 units, Spring)
  • PHW277: GIS for Public Health (3 units, Spring 2)

Other degree requirements

Public Health Nutrition students must meet all other graduation requirements, including the field practicum and comprehensive exam as approved for existing OOMPH program options (Interdisciplinary, HPM, Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Public Health Nutrition concentrations).