Nutritional Sciences: Master of Public Health Degree

MPH students will acquire advanced knowledge and understanding about:

  • Nutritional sciences, including the biochemistry of cellular nutrition.
  • The application of nutritional sciences to individuals, groups, and populations.
  • Factors that affect accessibility, adequacy, and safety of the food supply system (production, processing, distribution, and consumption) and the relationship to community food systems assessment and analysis.
  • The relationships between food intake, nutrition, contaminant exposure, and biological and chemical hazards.
  • Federal, regional, state, and local government structures and processes involved in the development of public policy, legislation, regulations, and delivery of services that affect food intake, nutritional status, and population health.

Applicants should have a strong interest in science and health, an undergraduate degree in a field of basic or applied science, and, at a minimum, should have taken courses in biology, physiology, general and organic chemistry, biochemistry, and calculus.  Non-science undergraduate degrees are acceptable, however applicants are required to complete the NS prerequisites.  

How Do I Apply?

MPH applicants apply to our program through SOPHAS (School of Public Health Application Service), a centralized application service for public health.

PLEASE NOTE: The new Department of Nutritional Sciences is an enlargement and expansion of the (former) Human Nutrition Program at SPH. Students applying via SOPHAS before July 2015 will apply to the Nutrition program through the Environmental Health Sciences department. During the summer of 2015, those who have applied to Nutrition will be transferred to the Department of Nutritional Sciences.

Additional information for international applicants.

Financial Support

Qualified students can receive financial support through grants or scholarships from the Rackham Graduate School and the School of Public Health. Please visit our Admissions & Financial Aid page for more information.

More Information

For answers to any questions that you might have, please visit other pages on this website and/or contact:

Susan Aaronson, Program Manager: susaaaro@umich.edu

Carole Durgy, Student Services Coordinator: beckca@umich.edu