Master of Public Health – Nutrition
Future Education Model Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
The MPH Nutrition program at Northern Arizona University prepares students to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) granted the MPH Nutrition program candidacy for accreditation November 15, 2018 under the newly released Future Education Model Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics (see www.eatrightpro.org/FutureModel). These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.
We are currently recruiting students for the 2019-2020 school year.
Please contact Dr. Dawn Clifford, RD for more information.
Cohorts will spend the first 18 months completing coursework in nutrition and dietetics and public health. Classes include engaging and interactive hands-on activities where students have the opportunity to apply what they learn through group activities and simulations. In addition, students also complete a graduate projects on a topic of interest.
The last six months of the program includes supervised experiential learning opportunities in Flagstaff and surrounding communities. Program faculty and staff arrange supervised experiential learning opportunities in clinical nutrition, foodservice, public health nutrition, and nutrition communication.
Applicants for the public health nutrition and dietetics graduate program must have earned a bachelor’s degree and have taken the following prerequisite courses:
• General chemistry with lab (1 semester)
• Organic chemistry with lab (1 semester)
• Physiology with lab or a combined Anatomy/Physiology course with lab (1 semester)
• Microbiology with lab (1 semester)
• A basic/intro statistics course
• A food safety and sanitation course
• A basic nutrition course
*Students may be enrolled in up to two outstanding pre-requisite courses the semester they apply to the program and must demonstrate proof of enrollment in those courses in their application.
To apply visit: https://nau.edu/graduate-college/admissions/
The application opens November 1st and closes February 15th.
Required application components include:
- Resume or Vita
- Personal Statement. Please write a one to two page letter of personal introduction and professional intent. Include the following information in your personal statement:
- The concentration to which you are applying
- Your academic focus or interest areas in health and wellness
- Your professional goals and how the MPH program at NAU aligns with these goals
- Identification as someone from an underrepresented minority or disadvantaged background (if applicable)
- Experience working with others from underrepresented minority or disadvantaged background (if applicable)
- Transcripts. Submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended that contributed to the baccalaureate degree as well as transcripts documenting completion of the pre-requisite courses listed above. If pre-requisite courses have not been completed at the application deadline, students may demonstrate their enrollment in up to two outstanding pre-requisite courses by uploading a screenshot from the college/university website that demonstrates enrollment in the course(s).
- Graduate Record Examination. The Graduate Record Examination is optional. If you choose to take the GRE General Test, visit https://www.ets.org/gre
- Letters of Recommendation. Applicants need three professional references who will submit recommendation forms on the NAU graduate application portal on their behalf. At least one reference should be a faculty member. At least one reference should be a supervisor or manager. The third reference can be either a supervisor/manager or a faculty member.
- International Students Only. In addition to the above items, international applicants must also submit a TOEFL score and obtain evaluations from World Education Services.
- TOEFL. All international applicants must submit an acceptable, official (reported directly from ETS) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. NAU’s Institutional Cods is 4006. The minimum score accepted is 90 for the internet-based and a 7 on the IELTS exam.
International applicants do not need to submit a TOEFL score if:
- the official language of instruction within the home country is English. English-speaking countries include Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada (— except Quebec), England, Ghana, Ireland, India, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, St. Vincent and the 4 Grenadines, Trinidad, Tobago, Uganda and Wales OR
- the student has received or will receive a degree from a university in the United States. If currently enrolled at a U.S. institution, please submit an official transcript or verification of degree candidate status from that institution to qualify for a TOEFL waiver. If the degree or an official verification is not received, the TOEFL score will be required.
- Evaluations from World Education Services (WES ICAP).
To sign up to take the GRE General Test visit https://www.ets.org/gre
For information about graduate tuition and fees, visit: https://nau.edu/graduate-college/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/GRAD_2017-2018-Budget.pdf
For information about financial aid and scholarships, visit the Graduate College webpage. Click on “Resources” to view a list of financing options.