The Department of Nutrition, in conjunction with the Department of Public Health, is proud to offer a dual MS/MPH degree. Students can earn an MS in nutrition while simultaneously earning an MPH in community health education, epidemiology, or health policy management concentration.
Students must be admitted to both the MS program and the MPH program to be considered dual-degree students.
The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences offers a coordinated dual program leading to the conferral of both the Master of Science with a major in nutrition (public health nutrition concentration) and the Master of Public Health. The dual program allows students to complete both degrees in less time than would be required to earn both degrees independently.
The program is designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in the benefits of majors in both nutrition and public health. Therefore, it accommodates the interests of students who
- Plan a career in public health nutrition and want to acquire the knowledge and skills of the nutritionist and public health professional.
- Plan a career in nutrition and want to acquire the knowledge, skills and perspective of the public health professional.
- Plan a career in public health and want to acquire the knowledge, skills and perspective of the nutritionist.
Applicants for the MS-MPH program must make separate applications to and be accepted by the Department of Nutrition for the MS, and the Department of Public Health for the MPH. Students who have been accepted by both departments may apply for approval to pursue the dual program any time prior to, or after, matriculation in either or both departments. Such approval will be granted, provided that dual program studies are started prior to entry into the fourth semester of the MS and MPH programs.
A dual degree candidate must satisfy the requirements for both the Master of Science (public health nutrition concentration) and the Master of Public Health degree, as well as the requirements for the dual program. Please see UTK Graduate Catalog for requirements and course descriptions.
All courses for which cross-credit is awarded must be approved by the MPH Academic Program Committee and the student’s graduate committee. A single block field experience or public health applied practice experience is required of all students and the analytical field paper, for Project Option students, incorporates public health nutrition and the student’s public health concentration.
Dual-degree students who withdraw from the program before completion of the requirements for both degrees will not receive credit towards the MS or MPH for courses taken in the other program, except as such courses qualify for credit without regard to the dual program.