Department of Nutrition

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

MS – MPH Dual Program

Course Requirements

To complete the MS with a concentration in Public Health Nutrition, students may choose the thesis or non-thesis option. All students complete concurrent and block field experiences, with the block field experience occurring during a summer session. The block field experience includes an analytical field paper for non-thesis students and seminar presentation for thesis and non-thesis students.  Course requirements vary depending on the Public Health concentration selected: Health Policy and Management or Community Health Education.

Required courses include:

NUTR 505 Nutrition Intervention in the Community (3 credits)

NUTR 506 Public Health Nutrition Management (3 credits)

NUTR 509 Graduate Seminar in Public Health (1 credit)

NUTR 511 Advances in Carbohydrate, Lipid and Protein Metabolism (4 credits)
NUTR 512 Advances in Vitamin and Mineral Metabolism (3 credits)
NUTR 515 Field Study in Community Nutrition (9 credits)
NUTR 522 Nutrition Counseling (2 credits)

NUTR 543 Research Methods I (2 credits)

NUTR 545 Research Methods II (2 credits)

NUTR 616 Maternal and Child Nutrition (3 credits)

PUBH 509 Graduate Seminar in Public Health (1 credit)
PUBH 510 Environmental and Occupational Health (3 credits)

PUBH 520 Public Health Policy and Administration (3 credits)

PUBH 530 Biostatistics (3 credits)

PUBH 537 Fundamentals of Program Evaluation (3 credits)

PUBH 540 Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)

PUBH 555 Health and Society (3 credits)

A dual degree candidate must satisfy the requirements for both the Master of Science degree (public health nutrition concentration) and the Master of Public Health degree, as well as the requirements for the dual program. All candidates for the dual degree must successfully complete PUBH 510, 537, and 555; 2 hours (1 hour each) of PUBH 509 and NUTR 509; and a minimum of 60 hours. A maximum of 9 hours of credit toward the Master of Science degree will be awarded for successful completion of approved graduate-level public health courses.

For non-thesis Master of Science students, a maximum of 14 hours of credit for successful completion of graduate-level nutrition courses will be awarded toward the MPH. For thesis Master of Science students, a maximum of 16 hours of credit for successful completion of approved graduate-level nutrition courses will be awarded toward the MPH. All courses for which such cross-credit is awarded must be approved by the Public Health Academic Program Committee and the student’s graduate committee. A single block field experience (or public health internship) is required of all students.  For non-thesis MS students the analytical field paper that incorporates public health nutrition and the student‘s public health concentration is required.

Approved Dual Credit

For thesis students MS courses to be counted toward the MPH program must include 9 hours of NUTR 515, 1 hour of NUTR 509, a maximum of 3 hours of NUTR 543 and 545, and 3 hours of NUTR 616. For non-thesis students MS courses to be counted toward the MPH program must include a maximum of 10 hours of NUTR 515 and 519, 1 hour of NUTR 509, and 3 hours of NUTR 616. For thesis and non-thesis students MPH courses to be counted toward the MS include PUBH 520, PUBH 530 and PUBH 540.

MS thesis students in addition will complete a minimum of 6 thesis hours (NTR 500) for a minimum of 64 total credits.  MS non-thesis students must complete NTR 519 (3 credits) which is for a written analytical field paper that incorporates public health nutrition and the student’s public health concentration, a minimum of 64 total credits, and a comprehensive examination.

Students choosing the Health Policy and Management (HPM) concentration for the MPH complete additional required courses as follows:

PUBH 521 Organization Theory and Health Care Delivery (3 credits)

PUBH 525 Financial Management of Health Programs (3 credits)

PUBH 527 Theories and Techniques in Health Planning (4 credits)

Students choosing the Community Health Education (CHE) concentration for the MPH complete additional required courses as follows:

PUBH 550 Principles and Practices of Community Health Education (3 credits)
PUBH 552 Community Health Problem Solving (4 credits)
Electives (3 credits for non-thesis students)

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