Online MPH With Nutrition Concentration

The Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers a Nutrition concentration as part of its online Master of Public Health (MPH) program, MPH@UNC.

MPH Nutrition prepares current and aspiring public health professionals to assess the scientific evidence for dietary guidelines and effectively communicate nutritional information to the public. This concentration will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to improve the health of individuals and groups worldwide.

By combining public health with nutrition studies, UNC’s Gillings School focuses on the science behind the field as well as behavior change, communication, counseling and the effects of dietary culture on individuals and within communities.

As a student in the online MPH Nutrition concentration, you will gain the skills to:

  • Assess the scientific evidence for nutritional guidelines and recommendations.
  • Evaluate how social, cultural, environmental and community factors impact dietary intake and nutrition-related outcomes in individuals, families and communities.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in writing evidence-based, nutrition-related professional and consumer communications using a variety of media platforms.
  • Practice in compliance with current federal regulations and state statutes related to public health nutrition programs.

Career Paths in Nutrition

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the employment of dietitians and nutritionists is expected to grow by 15% from 2016 to 2026, which is faster than the average for all occupations.1

Graduating from UNC’s online MPH Nutrition program will enable you to meet the growing demand for nutrition professionals in a range of settings that need insight on disease prevention and nutrition promotion. These settings include public health nutrition programs, governmental agencies, nonprofits, public policy organizations, and nutrition marketing and media companies.

To provide personalized nutritional counseling, you will need a registered dietitian (RD) license. If you are interested in a career as an RD, you may be interested in MPH@UNC’s online MPH/RD concentration. The MPH/RD curriculum — which expands upon the MPH Nutrition concentration with dietetics-specific courses and four supervised field experiences — prepares students to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) exam.

While it does not prepare you for the CDR exam, the MPH Nutrition concentration will provide you with the skills you need to offer nutritional and dietary guidance to populations.

Examples of potential careers in nutrition include:

  • Nutrition and health policy expert
  • Product development consultant
  • Fitness industry health coach
  • Media correspondent or journalist

Graduates of UNC’s on-campus MPH nutrition program have gone on to work for a variety of lifestyle and health-related companies and publications, such as the Food Network, Southern LivingEatingWell and Shape Magazine.

Required Nutrition Concentration Courses

After completing the Gillings MPH Core courses, you will transition into concentration-specific courses. The following courses are required for the MPH Nutrition concentration:

  • Nutrition Across the Life Cycle (3 credits)
  • Nutrition Communication, Counseling and Culture (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Nutritional Biochemistry (3 credits)
  • Nutritional Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • Nutrition Policy (3 credits)

Elective Courses

In addition to completing the required courses above, you will have the opportunity to customize your coursework by selecting from a list of elective courses. You will complete a total of three elective courses (nine credits) in the Nutrition concentration during your course of study.


To learn more about MPH@UNC, request information and an admissions counselor will contact you.


1https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dietitians-and-nutritionists.htm