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Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in Human Nutrition


Onsite | Full-Time | 1.5–2 years

About the MSPH in Human Nutrition Program

The MSPH program in Human Nutrition is designed to train professionals to focus on understanding and solving public health problems in food and nutrition across a diverse societal landscape. The MSPH program prepares students to assume professional, technical and management positions within public health nutrition programs or government, international or non-government agencies, universities, hospitals and private industry.

This is a STEM designated program. Eligible F-1 visa students can receive an additional 24 months of work authorization, beyond the initial 12 months of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT).

MSPH in Human Nutrition Program Highlights

The program covers both domestic and international issues with a focus on disadvantaged populations.

Global network

Practicum opportunities in the U.S. and around the world

Health Equity

Learn what influences food choices, diet quality, and diet-related health outcomes

Chronic Disease

Study nutrition-related chronic diseases and obesity


Eligibility for a 24-month STEM OPT extension

What Can You Do With a Graduate Degree In Human Nutrition?

Students in the program plan to pursue careers in management of nutrition and health programs, or in the technical content of health promotion and disease prevention programs, or go on to doctoral degrees in nutrition (PhD), medicine (MD), or related fields. Visit the Graduate Employment Outcomes Dashboard to learn about Bloomberg School graduates' employment status, sector, and salaries.

OrganizationJob Title
Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationAssociate Program Advisor - Nutrition, Global Development Program
CDCResearcher, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
Food & Drug Administration (FDA)Regulatory Specialist
GBMC Bariatric Outpatient CenterRegistered Dietitian
Harvard UniversityPhD Student
International Mercy CorpsSenior Development Nutritionist
Nutrition at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)Technical Adviser
UNICEFNutrition Statistics & Monitoring
University of Maryland Extension Program, Food Supplement Nutrition EducationNutrition Educator
USDA Food and Nutrition Information CenterNutrition Information Specialist
The World BankNutrition Consultant
Virginia Heart Comprehensive Weight Management InstituteRegistered Dietitian

Curriculum for the MSPH in Human Nutrition

Through the practicum requirement students will have the opportunity to gain experience working with global or domestic public health organizations.

Browse an overview of the requirements for this master's program in the JHU Academic Catalogue, explore all course offerings in the Bloomberg School Course Directory, and find many more details in the program's Student Handbook.

Courses Available in the Following Areas:

  • Nutrition
  • Micronutrients
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Newborn Health
  • Adolescent health
  • Proteomics
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Obesity

Admissions Requirements

For general admissions requirements, please visit the How to Apply page.

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores are required for this program. This program accepts the following standardized test scores: GRE. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all application components.

Program Faculty Spotlight

Yeeli Mui
Assistant Professor
International Health

Yeeli Mui, PhD '17, MPH, examines structural interventions to address food system issues and advance health equity through the lens of urban policy and planning.

Mika Matsuzaki
Assistant Professor
International Health

Mika Matsuzaki, PhD, MPH, MS, is a life-course epidemiologist studying how policies, built environments, and equity affect nutrition-related chronic diseases and obesity.

Julia Wolfson
Associate Professor
International Health

Julia Wolfson, PhD '16, MPP, studies individual, structural, and policy factors that influence food choices, diet quality, and diet-related health outcomes.

Parul Christian
International Health

Parul Christian, DrPH '96, MSc, studies how to improve maternal and child nutrition and prevent micronutrient deficiencies with effective solutions in low-income settings.

Meet our MSPH alumni

Chytanya Kompala, MSPH '16

"I remember feeling so excited by the group of expert professors. They are all great and highly eager to advise and support students. I really liked the detailed international curriculum on nutrition, including nutrition biochemistry, nutrition epidemiology, and nutrition assessment." 

Current job title

Senior Program Officer, Research Team, Eleanor Crook Foundation (ECF)

Job description

We invest in implementation research on high-impact approaches to improving nutrition outcomes. A large part of my role is supporting grant-making decisions and managing ECF’s ongoing research and technical investments.

Chytanya Kompala, MSPH '16

Tuition and Funding

The Master’s Tuition Scholarship is available to students in good academic standing in a two-year, full-time master’s program. The MTS is a 75% reduction in tuition for year two of an eight-term program.

Additionally, Johns Hopkins University, thanks to support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, offers need-based scholarships for students enrolled in an MSPH program. These need-based scholarships will enable the best and brightest students with an interest in public health to obtain the highest-quality professional public health education available. Students who are first-generation graduate students, and have exceptional undergraduate academic records, will be prioritized for this need-based scholarship.

To be considered for an MSPH need-based scholarship, applicants should submit their SOPHAS application and supporting documents by the January 15 application deadline, along with the CSS profile to the Financial Aid Office using code 5315 no later than February 15. Applicants should indicate their interest in the scholarship by answering “yes” to the school specific question in their SOPHAS application for the MSPH program of their choice.

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

Elisabeth Simmons, MEd
Academic Program Administrator