The MSPH program in Human Nutrition is designed to train professionals to focus on understanding and solving public health problems in food and nutrition across a diverse societal landscape. The MSPH program prepares students to assume professional, technical, and management positions within public health nutrition programs or government, international or non-government agencies, universities, hospitals, and private industry. The MSPH program also prepares students with a foundation of knowledge and skills for carrying out subsequent doctoral study and research in the field of human nutrition, or training in medicine.
The MSPH in Human Nutrition, based in the Department of International Health, is focused on both domestic and international issues with a focus on disadvantaged populations. Through the practicum requirement, students will have the opportunity to gain experience working with global or domestic public health organizations.
Academic terms 1 - 4
Students concentrate on course work in the core area of public health nutrition They choose electives in accordance with their intended career path in public health nutrition.
Academic terms 5 - 6
Students complete a practicum designed to provide practical experience in their intended area. The practicum provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge gained during the first year, to develop field, laboratory, or clinical skills related to nutrition research or programs according to individually designed learning objectives, and to work as part of a team in an applied research or practice project. Students are placed in a variety of professional settings, which may include: government, non-government organizations (NGOs), university projects, and multi-lateral, private, and/or for-profit sector. Practicum locations exist in the US and most regions of the world.
Practicum update at the end of every term
The MSPH culminating experience is a written capstone that provides a meaningful contribution related to the health and nutrition of underserved populations.
In addition to completing the requisite coursework, students must gain practical experience in the application of the principles and methods learned through a practicum. Practicum locations exist in the US and most regions of the world. The Department has many field sites across the world where students are often placed. Faculty and staff also help students find opportunities with other global health organizations.
Students in the program plan to pursue careers in management of nutrition and health programs, or in the technical content of health promotion and disease prevention programs, or go on to doctoral degrees in nutrition (Ph.D.), medicine (MD), or related fields.
Where our recent alumni work:
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
GBMC Bariatric Outpatient Center
International Mercy Corps
Nutrition at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
University of Maryland Extension Program, Food Supplement Nutrition Education
USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center
The World Bank
Virginia Heart Comprehensive Weight Management Institute
All applications should be submitted through SOPHAS.
In general, degree applicants will need to submit the following:
Official transcripts from EVERY college-level institution you attended (academic records from institutions outside the U.S. must undergo a credentials evaluation).
Standardized test score (Please review for Covid-19 Pandemic related policies)
English proficiency test score (TOEFL or IELTS), if applicable
Three letters of recommendation
Resume or curriculum vitae
Statement of Purpose and Objectives
International Applicants are welcome and should review additional instructions for applying from outside the U.S.
Successful applicants possess a strong academic record with strong quantitative, oral, and written communication skills, which are reflected in transcripts and standardized test scores (GRE or MCAT). For the 20-21 application season, GRE scores are highly recommended but not required.
Baccalaureate-level degree in a related field
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE). For the 2021/2022 academic year, GRE scores are highly recommended but not required.
Personal statement of professional and/or research goals
Official transcripts from all institutions attended
TOEFL or IELTS for non-native English speakers. Minimum scores:
TOEFL: 100 iBT; 600 PBT (paper-based test)
Three letters of recommendations
Registered Dietitian Program
The MSPH in Human Nutrition, Registered Dietitian track, requires all students to have an undergraduate major in hard science, health, or psychology. It also requires students to take 6 additional courses prior to applying (up to 2 of the courses can be done after submitting the application.)
Andrew Thompson, MSPH '12"I chose Hopkins because of its legacy for nutrition research, and I wanted to be at the forefront of it... It was also very important that the program provided an opportunity to work internationally, putting lessons from the classroom into practice in the field."
Andrew Nicholson, MSPH '17"Build your connections and learn from the diverse Hopkins community. Collaboration across disciplines will be key to solving many of the public health challenges facing the world."
Eleonor Zavala, MSPH '20"Working with the nutrition project in Nepal has been an incredible opportunity to see first-hand how large community randomized trials are designed and conducted."