The Nutrition concentration introduces students to those applied methods used in nutrition program and policy assessment, development, and evaluation, with a particular emphasis on diverse and/or vulnerable populations and community-based interventions.  Students will understand relationships between macronutrients, micronutrients and food intake patterns and health outcomes, and have a foundation in a variety of skills used in the  promotion of healthy eating and active living.  This concentration is offered in cooperation with the Tufts University Gerald J. and Dorothy J. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Competencies attained:

  • Understand the role of nutrition, physical activity, and food-related behaviors as determinants of health and disease, including major nutrition and inactivity problems, from conception and throughout the life course, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations.
  • Articulate the components of a healthful diet and active lifestyle, how they differ by age groups, the dietary and physical activity recommendations of the various groups/organizations in the United States, and the scientific basis for those recommendations.
  • Understand how qualitative and quantitative research methods further our understanding of issues related to nutrition, food, and/or physical activity for individuals, organizations, or communities. 
  • Design and implement needs assessments in community and public health nutrition and physical activity program and policy development.
  • Apply qualitative and quantitative methods and data to plan, evaluate, and refine programs and policies that promote healthy eating and active living.
  • Utilize evidence- and/or theory-based approaches such as the ecological framework in healthy eating and active living program development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Develop familiarity with a variety of government-sponsored and community-initiated healthy eating and active living programs, and demonstrate the range of skills and capabilities that address community nutrition and inactivity problems.
  • Articulate/present information on the policy and public health implications of healthy eating/active living research to different audiences.

In addition to core courses students take:

NUTR 202 Principles of Nutrition Science
NUTR 228 Community and Public Health Nutrition
NUTR 305 Nutritional Epidemiology        
One or one and one half credits from a concentration approved list of courses
One or one and one half credits from an MPH program approved list of courses

Pursuing a global health focus within the concentration

Three semester course schedule

Concentration leader

Virginia Chomitz, PhD.