Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition

What can you do about food insecurity, obesity, and diabetes? A great deal, actually.

Tackle the great public health challenges.

Public health nutrition challenges—such as food insecurity, obesity, and diabetes—are largely preventable, yet they continue to pose significant threats to the health of populations. Highly industrialized, unsustainable food systems and policies are major contributors to these challenges.

How it works

Our MS in Public Health Nutrition provides you with in-depth training in the research, understanding, and promotion of public health nutrition through individual, community, population, food systems, and policy approaches. In this influential program, you will:

  • Build on fundamental principles of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, and the social determinants of health to help solve some of the most complex public health dilemmas related to nutrition.
  • Explore challenges including food insecurity, obesity, diabetes and other chronic health conditions, the unmet needs of vulnerable populations, and the public and environmental health impacts of food systems.
  • Develop an enduring understanding of the social, behavioral, and environmental determinants of health while building core research skills.
  • Learn to design and evaluate nutrition programs and sustainable food systems utilizing multilevel and lifecourse perspectives and a variety of methodological, analytic, and advocacy skills.

Move forward

By the time you graduate, you will have been exposed to extensive research and training in key public health nutrition topics, including:
  • human nutrition science
  • epidemiology of diet and chronic disease
  • population-level nutrition assessment
  • public health nutrition program planning and evaluation
  • research methods for community health and food systems
  • evidence-based foundations of sustainable food systems
This rigorous grounding prepares you for a broad range of research-focused careers devoted to public health nutrition in academia, government, and private industry. And you will be qualified to pursue positions in a wide variety of settings, such as health care, community health, and education.

Current Students

Learn More About Me:

Bharathi Gandi

Jennifer Thompson

At a glance

Full-time Schedule:

Complete your degree within 12 months.


  • Concepts and Methods in Epidemiology
  • Analytic Methods in Environmental Health Science
  • Human Nutrition Science
  • Obesity in Society


  • A Lifecourse Approach to Community Nutrition
  • Assessment and Planning for Health Promotion, or Quantitative Methods for Program Evaluation, or US Food Policy
  • Community-Engaged Research: Theory, Methods, and Application
  • Nutritional Epidemiology


  • Cumulative Research Experience

Part-time Schedule:

Part-time students take 1-2 courses per semester and complete the program in 24 months on average. Contact the Admissions Office at for more information.

Next steps

Let’s get the conversation started on your future in public health nutrition. Reach out to us today at or 617-638-4640 to discuss admission eligibility, degree requirements, and application deadlines.

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Program Directors:
Madeleine Scammell
Monica Wang
Paula Quatromoni