Thank you for your interest in our Nutrition degree programs.

At Loma Linda University, we understand how important it is for you to select a program that fits your unique needs while providing you with the confidence that you are receiving a quality education that prepares you for a career in public health.

We offer three degree programs in the area of Nutrition; MS, MPH-RD, PhD.

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Nutrition degree programs

MS Nutrition

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The M.S. in Nutrition at the School of Public Health is designed to provide students with advanced training in nutrition through both course work and research. Research opportunities are diverse and may cover areas of biochemical, physiological, behavioral or community nutrition.  The program offers a variety of courses with emphasis on the role of vegetarian dietary practices in human health and the environment.

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PROGRAM LENGTH

1.3 to 2 years (5 to 8 quarters)

POSSIBLE CAREERS

The M.S. in Nutrition prepares students to pursue advanced degrees, or to seek leadership roles in their careers as health practitioners. Successful completion of the M.S. will enable students to obtain employment in academia, the government or the food industry.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, transcripts from all universities attended, three letters of reference, and official GRE scores (note: if your cumulative undergraduate GPA is a 3.2 or higher, the GRE requirement can be waived).

PREREQUISITES

Basic nutrition, General chemistry through organic chemistry, Microbiology, and Physiology

MPH Nutrition with a Coordinated Program in Dietetics

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Master of Public Health in Nutrition and Dietetics enables students to meet the didactic and supervised practice requirements for registration eligibility in dietetics. The purpose of registration is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by encouraging high standards of performance by persons practicing in nutrition and dietetics. Upon completion of the degree, students may sit for the RD exam.  

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PROGRAM LENGTH

POSSIBLE CAREERS

Dietitians and Nutritionists work in hospitals, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, cafeterias offices of physicians, and non-profit organizations. Career titles are: Clinical Dietician, Management Dietician, Emergency Nutrition Advisor, Urban Health, and Nutrition Manager

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, transcripts from all universities attended, three letters of reference, and official GRE scores (note: if your cumulative undergraduate GPA is a 3.2 or higher, the GRE requirement can be waived).

PREREQUISITES

- General Chemistry
- Organic chemistry
- Microbiology
- Physiology
- Human Nutrition or Equivalent

DISCIPLINE ACCREDITING AGENCY

The Nutrition (Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics), MPH, offered by the School of Public Health is accredited by the  Accrediation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).  Contact: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1920, Chicago, IL 60606-6995,(800) 877-1600, or https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend.

PhD Nutrition

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Nutrition, PhD degree program will provide the advanced knowledge, skills, and competencies required to meet the increasing needs of public health nutrition in the areas of program management, leadership, and research. The program offers training for a career where advanced analytical and conceptual capabilities are required - teaching, research, consultation, and top-level administration. Student research and the dissertation are key components in developing critical thinking related to public health nutrition. Traditionally, research in the Department of Nutrition has focused on the roles plant-based dietary practices play in the health and disease status of individuals.

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PROGRAM LENGTH

3 to 5 years (12 to 20 quarters)

POSSIBLE CAREERS

Nutritional Consultant, University Professor, Nutrition Programming Director

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Master's degree in epidemiology or in a related field from a regionally accredited institution, transcripts from all universities attended, three letters of reference, official GRE scores (scores in the 40th percentile and above in each of the three sections is favorable), GPA of 3.5 or higher

PREREQUISITES

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Advanced biochemistry (may be taken concurrently with the program)
  • General chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry