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Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)

MSPH in Human Nutrition – Dietitian

Offered By: Department of International Health

Onsite | Full-Time | 19 months

About This Program

The MSPH in International Health (Human Nutrition – Dietitian) coordinated program is a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Dietetics Education Program at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. This MSPH option offers students interested in nutrition the opportunity to earn both the MSPH degree in Human Nutrition and complete a 38-week dietetic practicum in public health nutrition in preparation for obtaining the Registered Dietitian credential. The full-time program accepts a maximum of eight students annually.

This program is accredited as a Demonstration Program by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as a Graduate Program.

Mission of the MSPH in IH (Human Nutrition – Dietitian) Program

The program is consistent with the missions within Johns Hopkins Medicine:

  • To provide a seamless dietetics education program that includes the foundations of public health nutrition and comprehensive dietetics training in preparation for graduates to become skilled entry-level public health Registered Dietitian Nutritionists;
  • To provide the highest quality training in the field of nutrition and dietetics through a strong, interdisciplinary training team;
  • To enable students to develop skills in dietetic leadership; and
  • To promote the development of dietetic professionals who are able to embrace proven theory, evaluate current research, and communicate effectively to other health professionals, peers, and the lay population.

Accreditation and Additional Information

The Johns Hopkins University/Bayview Medical Center’s Graduate Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190 Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400. Http://www.eatrightpro.org/ACEND.

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). For information on the requirements and process pathways to become a registered dietitian, visit Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Future Graduate Program in Dietetics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

The MSPH in IH (Human Nutrition – Dietitian) meets the educational prerequisites for certification by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) in all states, now and subsequent to January 1, 2024. Requirements for dietetics practice licensure vary by state. State licensure is entirely separate and distinct from registration or certification by the CDR. Information on state licensure is available on CDR's website.

For more specific information regarding this program contact Ms. Marcy Kane, MBA, RD, LDN, the MSPH in IH (Human Nutrition – Dietitian) Program Director and Manager of Nutrition Education and Research for the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center at mkane9@jhmi.edu), Dr. Laura Caulfield (lcaulfi1@jhu.edu), Professor & MSPH in IH (Human Nutrition – Dietitian) Program Advisor and Coordinator for Human Nutrition at (410) 955-2786; or Ms. Cristina Salazar (csalazar@jhu.edu), Academic Programs Manager for the Department of International Health.

Frequently Asked Questions about the MSPH in International Health, Human Nutrition – Dietitian program.

Program Highlights

Graduates of the MSPH in IH (Human Nutrition – Dietitian) program receive a verification statement and are qualified to sit for the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) Exam for Dietitian Nutritionists.

What Can You Do With This Degree?

The 19-month graduate-level education program offers students the opportunity to earn both the MSPH degree in Human Nutrition and complete a 38-week dietetic practicum to qualify them to sit for the Commission on Dietetics Registration Exam for Dietitian Nutritionists.

Sample Careers

  • Public Health Dietitian
  • Program Specialist
  • Research Dietitian
  • Clinical Dietitian
  • Nutrition Specialist

Program Completion Rate and Pass Rate on the RD Exam

  • The MSPH in International Health (Human Nutrition – Dietitian) program has maintained a 98-percent completion rate since its inception in 2007, and 100% of graduates have achieved first-time passing scores on the RD exam.
  • Additional outcome data is available upon request.

Curriculum

Students are guided through a seamless dietetics education program that includes the foundations of public health nutrition and comprehensive dietetics training in preparation for graduates to become skilled entry-level public health Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

In the dietetics practicum, which follows completion of the MSPH course work, students complete the following:

  • Clinical, and food service rotations at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the Johns Hopkins Hospital, including the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Rotations may periodically be scheduled at other Johns Hopkins affiliates in the Baltimore–Washington, DC region.
  • Community rotations at sites in the Baltimore area
  • An 8-week self-selected public health rotation with a public health program with offices located within the continental U.S. or its territories, such as USDA or WIC. This individualized rotation is developed to suit the student's career interests (e.g., humanitarian assistance, international nutrition, nutrition communications, population research, clinical investigation).

Areas of Interest

  • Clinical nutrition
  • Human nutrition
  • Dietetics

Admissions Requirements

For general admissions requirements, please visit the How to Apply page. This specific program also requires:

Prior Coursework

Students must either (1) hold a DPD verification statement from an ACEND accredited program or (2) meet the bachelor's degree requirement and the prerequisite course requirements as described below. Prerequisite courses must be completed at the undergraduate level or higher and must be completed prior to enrollment in the Human Nutrition – Dietitian program. Courses and transcripts to meet these requirements will be reviewed and approved by the University and program staff. Only applications with two or fewer prerequisites pending for the spring/summer following application will be considered for admission. Courses currently enrolled in at the time of application are not considered pending. 

7 prerequisite courses: anatomy and physiology (2 semesters); organic chemistry, biochemistry, psychology or counseling skills;
introductory nutrition (3 credits minimum); advanced nutrition (defined as a class that has the introductory nutrition class as a prerequisite, 3 credits minimum

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores (GRE) are optional for this program. The admissions committee will make no assumptions if a standardized test score is omitted from an application, but will require evidence of quantitative/analytical ability through other application components such as academic transcripts and/or supplemental questions. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all application components.

Program Faculty Spotlight

Laura Caulfield
Professor
International Health

Laura Caulfield, PhD, researches nutrition problems affecting maternal, infant, and child health in the United States and globally.

Kerry Schulze
Senior Scientist
International Health

Kerry Schulze, PhD ’03, MS, studies micronutrient status biomarkers, particularly for mothers, infants, children, and adolescents in nutritionally compromised populations.

Julia Wolfson
Assistant 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.

Yeeli Mui
Assistant Professor
International Health

Yeeli Mui, PhD '17, MPH, examines how urban planning affects healthy food access, including land ownership, transportation, and community development.

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.

For up-to-date information of tuition, fees, and financial aid, visit the School's Tuition and Fees page.

Additional Fees, Expenses, and Requirements

In addition to the tuition requirements for the professional MSPH degree, students accepted to the Human Nutrition – Dietitian track must pay a $500 deposit by March 1 of their first academic year to secure their place in the dietetic practicum and pay the remainder of the $7,500 clinical training fee by September 1 of their second academic year. There are some incidental costs specific to the training as well, including the items with estimates below :

Off-campus room and board

$950 - 1,600/month

Parking and travel

$800 - 1,000

Lab coats and safety shoes

$50

AND Student Membership

$58

In order to begin the program, all students are required to undergo and pass a criminal background check, drug screening, have TB test clearance, provide proof of immunizations and have a physical exam at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Occupational Health Department. The student will follow the Johns Hopkins Medicine policies and procedures relating to COVID-19, including, but not limited to, vaccines and use of personal protection equipment. Clearance to begin the program will be determined by the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Human Resources and Occupational Health Departments. A flu vaccine is required in the fall and provided at no cost to the student.

In addition, health insurance, car insurance (if using your car during the program) and an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) student membership are required for the duration of the program.

Contact Us

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

Elisabeth Simmons, MEd
Academic Program Administrator
esimmo15@jhu.edu