MS in Nutrition/MPH

"Our program stands alone in the depth it provides in the science of nutrition and in the breadth of training in public health; it is the only combined degree of its kind.” Aviva Must, PhD

What would my course of study look like if I pursue an MS-Nutrition/MPH degree?
Students may complete both the MS and MPH degrees in 2½ years of intensive full-time study (four full courses each semester).  Usually, students begin their studies at the Friedman School and then transition to the MPH program after three semesters.  Working closely with an advisor from the start, students create a fully integrated course plan, taking courses in both programs each semester.  When registered at Friedman, students cross-register for MPH classes; when registered at the Medical School, they cross-register for Friedman classes. 

What career opportunities are available with an MS-Nutrition/MPH?
Graduates find that their detailed knowledge of nutrition science along with a foundational understanding of population health issues gives a significant advantage in job seeking.  Our students have gone on to positions as public policy analysts, program evaluation consultants, research associates, community program managers and preventive health and health promotions project managers.  They are represented in the for-profit, governmental, health care and academic career sectors. 

What courses will I need to take?
Students must complete all MPH core course requirements:  one course each in the five core knowledge areas as well as one research methods course, one course on health care budgeting and management and the Applied Learning Experience (ALE).  The ALE requires students to synthesize knowledge acquired in coursework and apply it to a public health project of their own design involving at least 160 hours of practicum work.   Students combine study in one of the Friedman School’s programs with either a generalist or concentration specific MPH.  Courses required by the two degrees overlap by 40%.  Some popular nutrition program/MPH concentration combinations are:

  • Food Policy and Applied Nutrition & Global Health
  • Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition & Health Communication
  • Nutritional Epidemiology & Epidemiology/Biostatistics
  • Nutrition Communication & Health Services Management and Policy
  • Agriculture, Food and Environment & Nutrition
What are the MPH tuition costs for the MS Nutrition/MPH degree?
Students pay tuition for nine MPH credits during their MPH matriculation. Students are charged a flat rate each semester as a full- or part-time student. See the tuition table for current rates.

How do I apply?
Students must submit an application and requested additional materials to each program separately, as the School of Medicine and the Friedman School are not allowed to share students’ admissions materials.     

How can I get more information?
For program information contact Aviva.must@tufts.edu.  For admissions information visit:  MS Nutrition Master of Public Health

Alum On the Job

Kristen Sullivan

Kristen Sullivan, MS-Nutrition/MPH’03, tells Public Health Rounds how she has been able to put her degrees to work as the director of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the American Cancer Society (ACS) in Atlanta.

Nutrition MPH Combinations

Food Policy and Nutrition/Interventions & Global Health

Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition & Behavioral Science and Health Communication

Nutritional Epidemiology & Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Nutrition Communication & Health Services Management and Policy

Agriculture, Food and Environment & Nutrition