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
|Introduction to Nutrition
|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: www.sophas.org.
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: http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/apply/apply-now.