The Nutrition and Global Health Concentration is open to SM-1, SM-2, MPH, DrPH, ScD and PhD students who are enrolled in one of five departments:

    • Global Health and Population
    • Epidemiology
    • Nutrition
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • Environmental Health


Students will be responsible for fulfilling the masters or doctoral degree requirements of their respective departments, in addition to the requirements of the Concentration. Nutrition and Global Health students will be required to complete 8.75 credits and are encouraged to take at least 5 elective credits in courses suited to their specific interests.

The Concentration convenes monthly Work in Progress meetings for students to receive feedback on their research. Students should attend all Work in Progress meetings and are required to present at one meeting.

In addition, there is a master’s thesis/doctoral paper requirement. Masters students’ thesis work must be relevant to the intersection of nutrition and global health. For doctoral students minoring in the concentration, one of their papers must be related to nutrition and global health; for those majoring, three papers must be related. Students will be encouraged to take advantage of the mentoring and networking opportunities offered with participating faculty and to present thesis/paper topics prior to starting their research.

For those students for whom a summer field practicum is required, it will be highly recommended that the experience relate to nutrition and/or global health. For DrPH students, one field experience and related deliverables must focus on nutrition and global health. An important purpose of the field practicum is to develop the leadership skills needed to implement change. Students will be given the opportunity to see some of the challenges confronted by public health professionals working on nutrition and global health issues on a routine basis.

Review the NGH Concentration Requirements.

Concentration Completion

Students completing the concentration will have a basic understanding of nutritional science and the biological aspects of nutrition (including biochemistry, physiology and lab methods); recognize social, cultural, agricultural, economic and public policy implications for nutrition; and be able to implement scientific and analytic methods to describe  and understand the impact of these factors on public health.  The concentration will award no degrees directly.  After verification of completion of all course and paper requirements, students in the concentration will receive an official letter and certificate documenting their successful completion of the Nutrition and Global Health Concentration. Access the Concentration Completion form here.