MPH in Nutrition


Vegetable stand - tomato and okraMission Statement

The mission of the program is to train future public health professionals to improve nutrition and food security through population-wide approaches, including education, advocacy, community-based programs, and food and nutrition policies.

Program Description

The MPH program in nutrition and food security emphasizes the social and environmental determinants of nutrition and food security problems and how to solve them through nutritional assessment of populations, community nutrition actions, health promotion programs, and food and nutrition policies. The overall purpose of the program is to train future public health professionals to manage or participate in programs and shape policies that improve the nutritional health and food security of populations.  The program addresses problems and solutions across a full spectrum of contexts. This includes humanitarian crises that are found in low-income countries, problems of sustainable development in low- and middle-income countries, and dual burden problems (under- and over-nutrition) common to middle and high-income countries.


Program Competencies

Students will acquire the core public health competencies through successful completion of the school core courses. The knowledge and skills gained by students in this concentration will vary by student because of the self-direction inherent in this program. It is expected, however, that students will be well-versed in planning and evaluating community programs, have the knowledge and skills required for community-based work, and obtain hands-on experience by completing a nutrition-based practicum.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate should also obtain the following competencies:

  • Identify the major types of food and nutrition related health problems in domestic and international settings and the factors that cause them
  • Apply various methods for the assessment of nutritional status and food security of populations, including anthropometric, biochemical, clinical, dietary, and ecological methods
  • Design, develop, monitor, and evaluate programs and policies in nutrition and food security
  • Analyze nutrition and food security data using statistical software, and interpret and communicate the results of these analyses
  • Describe major policies that affect food, nutrition, and health and the processes by which these policies are made
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a nutrition and food security specialty area

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements of the school, the applicant's career goals must be consonant with the educational objectives of the program, namely public health work centered in community programs. Students wishing to pursue a concentration in Nutrition must have previously taken an Introductory Course in Nutrition from an accredited institution, or take the course concurrently with enrollment in the program.


Program Requirements

To meet the graduation requirements, the student will complete no less than 45 academic credits. The program requires the satisfactory completion of the school's core courses and the courses required by the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences.

SPHTM Core Requirements (18 credits)

BIOS 6030

Introduction to Biostatistics


GEHS 6030

Survey of Environmental Health Sciences


EPID 6030

Epidemiologic Methods I


GHSD 6030

Introduction to Health Systems, Management and Policy


TRMD 6010

Biological Basis of Health and Disease


GCHB 6030

Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health


SPHL 9980



SPHL 7950

Culminating Experience


Foundations in Program Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation (6-9 credits)a

GCHB 6110

Planning of Health Education Programs





GCHB 6120

Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Education and Communication





GCHB 6330

Design and Implementation of Global Health Interventions





GCHB 6270

Monitoring of Program Interventions in Global Health





GCHB 6200

Evaluation of Program Interventions in Global Health


Nutrition & Food Security Core Courses (both required)

GCHB 6690

Introduction to Nutrition


GCHB 6750

Nutrition Assessment and Monitoring


  *Equivalent course may be taken prior to starting the program at Tulane

Nutrition & Food Security Programming Course (at least one course)

GCHB 6610

Community Nutrition


GCHB 6760

Health & Nutrition Programs in Resource-Poor Countries


SIDV 6915

Food Security & Food Assistance in Humanitarian Context



Nutrition & Food Security Policy Course (at least one course)

GCHB 6770

GCHB 6830

U.S. Food & Nutrition Policy                                              

International Health Policy



Nutrition & Food Security Specialty Area Courses (at least one course)

GCHB 6130

Health Economics for Developing Countries


GCHB 6310

Public Nutrition & Health in Complex Emergencies


GCHB 6780

Double Burden of Malnutrition


GCHB 6850

Population & Environment Theory


GCHB 7090

Advanced Nutrition Analysis


GCHB 8250

Advanced Research Methods in Global Health


SIDV 6916

Food Security and Resilience


Example Schedule

Click here to see a Sample Schedule



A 300-hour advanced field experience (practicum) that allows students to develop competencies in advanced practice skills, under the direction of a qualified preceptor in the practice setting, is required. This practicum should focus on developing advanced leadership skills in public health disciplines. The advisor works with each student to develop measurable learning objectives prior to their practicum experience. Self assessment and reflection as well as assessment of teams, peers and supervisors are important skills in future public health leaders.  Examples of experiences include:

  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana
  • Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes Program, New Orleans
  • Banjarmasin Integrated Health Service Post, Indonesia

Culminating Experience

Students in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences can choose one of two options for their culminating experience:

1. Comprehensive Examination

The Comprehensive Examination consists of two parts: Part A – a school-wide examination based on core competencies, as well as cross-cutting competencies, established by the American Schools of Public Health; and Part B – a departmental-specific examination based on principles and concepts of Community Health Sciences, as covered in the required departmental core courses.

2. Public Health Analysis

The Public Health Analysis is an in-depth written report that considers a topic of relevance to public health practice. It involves a thorough review of the literature, discussion, and recommendations for public health policy and practice. The content and format of the report are described in school and departmental guideline documents.

Information on both options can be found from the link listed below as SPH Academic Policies and Guidelines.

Please visit the links below for details:

PHA Sample 1
PHA Sample 2
School of Public Health Policies, Guidelines, and Forms for Students


For more information, contact us at 504-988-5391 or




GCHB, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2210, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-988-5391