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Public Health Nutrition MS Program


Course Requirements
To complete the MS with a concentration in Public Health Nutrition, students may choose the thesis or project option. All students complete concurrent and block field experiences. The block field experience includes an analytical field paper for project option students and poster presentations for all students.

A graduate degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Tennessee can lead to excellent careers and professional opportunities in public, voluntary, and private health sectors.

 A graduate student works closely with a faculty advisor and his/her/their graduate committee on an original research project, and proposes, defends, and writes a thesis on this research. In addition, a thesis student completes a seven-week block field experience in a public health or community nutrition agency and a one-week interdisciplinary rotation and presents at a professional practice poster session.

Credit Hours Required

43 graduate credit hours

Required Courses

  • Required Courses (28 credit hours)
    • NUTR 503 (2 credit hours)
    • NUTR 504 (2 credit hours)
    • NUTR 507 (3 credit hours)
    • NUTR 509 (1 credit hour)
    • NUTR 514 (2 credit hours)
    • NUTR 515 (6 credit hours)
    • NUTR 543 (3 credit hours)
    • NUTR 626 (3 credit hours)
    • At least 6 additional credits of graduate course work in Nutrition, NUTR (exclusive of thesis), as identified by faculty advisor and approved by the Director of the Public Health Nutrition Graduate Program
  • Public Health Courses (9 credit hours)
  • Thesis (6 credit hours)

Non-Course Requirements

  • Completion of a research project is required.
  • A proposal hearing is required prior to beginning the research project.
  • An oral comprehensive examination is required upon completion of the thesis.

 A graduate student works closely with a faculty advisor and completes a seven-week block field experience in a public health or community nutrition agency and a one-week interdisciplinary rotation. In addition, the student completes a comprehensive exam, writes an analytical field paper, and presents at a professional practice poster session.

Credit Hours Required

40 graduate credit hours

Required Courses

  • Required Courses (28 credit hours)
    • NUTR 503 (2 credit hours)
    • NUTR 504 (2 credit hours)
    • NUTR 507 (3 credit hours)
    • NUTR 509 (1 credit hour)
    • NUTR 514 (2 credit hours)
    • NUTR 515 (6 credit hours)
    • NUTR 543 (3 credit hours)
    • NUTR 626 (3 credit hours)
    • At least 6 additional credits of graduate course work in Nutrition (NUTR), as identified by faculty advisor and approved by the Director of the Public Health Nutrition Graduate Program
  • Public Health Courses (9 credit hours)
  • NUTR 519 (3 credit hours) for completion of the project and poster presentation.

Non-Course Requirements

  • A written comprehensive examination is required for completion of the program.
  • A service learning project must be completed as part of the block field practicum.
  • A poster presentation is required for completion of the program.