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Public Health, M.P.H. & Nutrition and Dietetics, M.S. Dual Degree

Saint Louis University's Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics dual degree program is a collaboration between the College for Public Health and Social Justice and the Doisy College of Health Sciences Department of Nutrition and Dietetics.

This integrated program requires completion of M.S. degree requirements and the fulfillment of a complete M.P.H. with public health practice concentration (42 credits), which includes nine credits of coursework from the Doisy College of Health Sciences M.S. degree.

For additional information, see the catalog entries for the following programs:

Public Health, M.P.H.

Nutrition and Dietetics, M.S.


Saint Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justice is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). To see our most recent accreditation documentation, please visit the College for Public Health and Social Justice website.


Saint Louis University's MS-DI program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
312-899-0040 ext. 5400

Students must meet the admission requirements and be admitted into both degree programs according to the processes of each of the participating academic units to pursue a dual degree program. 

Individuals may apply to the M.P.H. degree program concurrently with their application to or following their admission to the Doisy College of Health Sciences; however, admission to the dual degree program is contingent upon admission to both the M.P.H. and the M.S. degree programs.

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
DIET 5100 Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism I 3
HMP 5000 Health Care Organization 1 3
PUBH 5010 Mission and Practice of Global Public Health 2
PUBH 5040 Generating Evidence from Public Health Data 3
PUBH 5070 Translating Evidence and Theory for Community Practice 3
DIET 5060 Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health 3
DIET 5130 Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism II 3
HMP 5725 Health Insurance and Managed Care 3
PUBH 5030 Methodological Approaches to Understanding Population Health 3
PUBH 5060 Environmental and Biological Determinants of Health 3
DIET 5300 Community Nutrition 3
PUBH 5020 Ethical Issues in Public Health 3
Year Two
BSDP 5100 Public Health and Disasters 3
DIET 5450 Public Health Nutrition Practicum 3
DIET 5480 Nutrition Education and Counseling 3
DIET 5960 Nutrition Capstone 1
HMP 5300 Management of Health Care Organizations 3
DIET 5960 Nutrition Capstone 2
HMP 5500 Health Policy 3
PUBH 5950 Special Study for Examinations 4 0
PUBH 5960 Capstone in Public Health Practice 3
 Total Credits56

PUBH 5050: Students in the health management and policy concentration and the public health practice concentration will take HMP 5000 in place of PUBH 5050.


PUBH 5070: Students in the behavioral science and health education concentration and the global health concentration will take BSH 5400 in place of PUBH 5070.


PUBH 5910: Internship/practice experience mentor approval required.  Students in the health Management and policy concentration will take HMP 5910 in place of PUBH 5910. Students in the health management and policy/epidemiology and health management and policy part-time concentrations can choose between either course depending on their interests.


PUBH 5950: Registration in this class indicates student has completed coursework required to sit for the CPH exam in the spring semester.  

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please contact:
Bernie Backer
Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions