The Department of Public Health in conjunction with the Department of Nutrition, is proud to offer a dual MS/MPH degree. Students can earn an MS in nutrition while simultaneously earning an MPH in either the community health education or the health policy and management concentration. The program allows students to complete both degrees in less time than would be required to earn both degrees independently.
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. All candidates for the dual degree must successfully complete PUBH 510, PUBH 537, and PUBH 555; 2 hours (1 hour each) of PUBH 509 and NUTR 509 (please see UTK Graduate Catalog for course descriptions); and a minimum of 58-61 graduate credit hours (depending on the program of interest), which includes core MPH courses and required MS courses (may also include thesis hours). The Department of Nutrition will award a maximum of 9 hours toward the MS for successful completion of approved graduate-level public health courses offered in the Department of Public Health. The Department of Public Health will award a maximum of 14 (non-thesis) – 16 (thesis) graduate hours toward the MPH for successful completion of approved courses offered in the Department of Nutrition.
All courses for which such 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 internship) is required of all students and the analytical field paper 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.
For thesis students, MS courses to be counted toward the MPH program would include up to 9 hours of NUTR 505, NUTR 506, and NUTR 515, 1 hour of NUTR 509, a maximum of 3 hours of NUTR 543 and NUTR 545, and 3 hours of NUTR 616 (16 graduate hours) (please see UTK Graduate Catalog for course descriptions).
For non-thesis students, MS courses to be counted toward the MPH program must include a maximum of 10 hours of NUTR 505, NUTR 506, NUTR 515 and NUTR 519, 1 hour of NUTR 509, and 3 hours of NUTR 616 (14 graduate hours). For thesis and non-thesis students MPH courses to be counted toward the MS include PUBH 520, PUBH 530 and PUBH 540. (please see UTK Graduate Catalog for course descriptons)