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About PHN

Public Health Nutrition (PHN) is an area of concentration emphasizing the application of food and nutrition knowledge, policy, and research to the improvement of the health of populations. Students in PHN will gain a perspective on the following critical questions:

  • What are the most critical social, behavioral, and food and nutrition-related factors that affect health?
  • What are ways that the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs can improve the nutritional status of the population or subgroups in the population?
  • How can nutrition and food related public policies affect health, especially in vulnerable populations?
  • How can global, national, state, and local community programs be designed to improve the nutritional status of the population as a whole and those at particular risk?

The MPH in PHN prepares students for work in state or local government or nonprofit health agencies, or other community, policy development or research organizations that deal with health and nutrition policy and program design, implementation, and evaluation.

PHN graduates have held positions at Policy Link, the Prevention Institute, Samuels and Associates, the UC Berkeley Center for Weight and Health, UCSF, Berkeley Media Studies Group, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, and California Food Policy Advocates.

The PHN Program is pleased to offer a Maternal and Child Public Health Nutrition Traineeship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Click here for more information.

Our program will also begin to accept applications for one-year MPH program for practicing registered dietitians (RDs) through SOPHAS starting this fall 2017. You can read more on the One Year Public Health Nutrition Program schedule.



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