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Jennifer Tomesko, Entry Level Clinical Nutrition Master's Degree program director

To learn more, please email Program Director Dr. Jennifer Tomesko.

Entry Level Master of Science-Clinical Nutrition/Master of Public Health (MS/MPH Dual Degree)

A dual master’s degree path to become a registered dietitian while gaining experience specific to public health nutrition

Rutgers School of Health Professions and Rutgers School of Public Health are offering the opportunity to earn an Entry-Level Master of Science-Clinical Nutrition (MS) and a Master of Public Health-Public Health Nutrition (MPH) dual-degree. ELMS-Clinical Nutrition/MPHdual-degree students gain a strong knowledge of public health nutrition and clinical nutrition. Students who complete the dual-degree program are eligible to sit for the Registered Dietitian certification/exam.

Students will benefit from the educational, clinical training and research strengths of the School of Health Professions (SHP) with those of the School of Public Health (SPH) in a program that provides a strong foundation in public health nutrition and clinical nutrition knowledge and practice.

This new degree program combines the ELMSCN, which prepares students to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian (RD), with the MPH Nutrition concentration. Students will be provided with a dual master’s degree path of didactic courses and experiential learning to be eligible to take the RD exam and gain their MPH degree.

Benefits of the dual-degree program include:

  • The knowledge and skills gained will allow graduates to communicate effectively with peers in clinical  and public health nutrition.
  • It can be completed in 3 years as opposed to ~4.5 years for separate programs.

Admission into the MPH in Public Health Nutrition/Entry Level M.S. in Clinical Nutrition program requires a strong score on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a strong undergraduate academic record of achievement.  SHP also requires that applicants have completed the prerequisite undergraduate courses outlined in Table 1 or a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) (DPD verification statement required as proof) with a GPA minimum requirement of 3.0. Two letters of recommendation from faculty or advisors in public health or nutrition and dietetics are required. Potential candidates who meet admission criteria will be scheduled for an interview by the selection committee.

Table 1 ELMSCN Prerequisite Courses
Anatomy and Physiology
General Chemistry
Introduction to Nutrition
Experimental Foods
Organic Chemistry
Macronutrient Metabolism
Introduction to Vitamins and Minerals Metabolism; (Micronutrient course)

Program prerequisites include either completion of a U.S. DPD or all of the prerequisites courses listed below.  Program prerequisites may be completed at any accredited institutions. Students will need to have achieved a grade of B or better in all prerequisite courses.  SHP offers four prerequisite courses. Information on the courses can be found here.

Applications for this degree program are available through each school:

At Rutgers School of Public Health:

Program Contact: Kamal Kornegay
Click here to start our application for the MPH-Public Health Nutrition portion of dual degree

At Rutgers School of Health Professions:
Program Contact: Kenya Catching
Click here to start the ELMSCN portion of the dual degree

Applicants apply for the dual-degree program to both the Entry Level M.S. in Clinical Nutrition (SHP) and Master of Public Health in Public Health Nutrition (SPH) programs.  Students submit separate applications for the dual degree programs to each school; SHP and SPH will share parts of the application (e.g. the student’s official transcript and letters of recommendation) whenever possible. Each school will determine the suitability of the application to the dual-degree program.  Students may apply to each school simultaneously.  Alternatively, some students will already be matriculated at one of the schools and then decide to pursue the dual degree.  Students in either school may apply to the other school for the dual degree at any time prior to the completion of their final semester in the degree program to which they were originally admitted.

Admission is offered twice a year for the Master of Public Health in Public Health Nutrition. The application deadline is August 1 for Fall admission and December 15 for Spring admission.  Applications can be accessed at:

Admission is offered once a year for the ELMSCN program. The application deadline is February 15 for the following Fall admission.  Applications can be accessed at:

To learn more, please email Program Director Dr. Jennifer Tomesko at

State Authorization and Professional Licensing Disclosure:

  • The Rutgers School of Health Professions Entry Level MS in Clinical Nutrition meets the professional licensing requirements of the following states: AL, AK, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, PR
  • All states not listed above, to the best of our knowledge, do not require professional licensure to practice within our profession.

Updated: June 30, 2020