Top Nutrition Masters Programs: List of Colleges

Jan 05, 2020

Discover the top universities providing nutrition master's degree programs across the nation. See school rankings, program offerings and location information, and compare similarities and differences to make an educated decision.

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Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Science (M.S.) programs in nutrition provide students with education in sound nutritional practices through classroom, clinical, and community experiences. Topics covered during these programs include food and culture, nutritional biochemistry, public health policies, and disease prevention through nutrition. Three of the best schools in the country for master's level education in nutrition are the University of North Carolina, the University of Washington, and Arizona State University. Each of these schools was nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the publication's most recent survey.

University of North Carolina

The University of North Carolina tied for second on U.S. News and World Report's list of the best graduate schools for public health in 2020. The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health offers an MPH in Nutrition program. UNC also offers an M.S. in Nutritional Biochemistry program for students who want to increase their knowledge in research and lab study.

University of Washington

In 2020, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Washington (UW) the seventh best graduate program for public health. UW offers two options for a master's degree in nutrition. The M.S. in Nutritional Sciences program is an interdisciplinary degree program that covers several areas, including experimental, clinical, and public health nutrition. The MPH in Nutritional Sciences program focuses primarily on public health and policy. Graduates of either master's degree program are eligible to sit for registered dietitian (R.D.) certification exams.

Arizona State University

Arizona State University's College of Health Solutions offers a Master of Science in Nutrition, which focuses primarily on research in the field. Students must complete a thesis or applied project. They also take courses in research methods and statistics, as well as nutrition topics like vegetarian nutrition and obesity prevention. ASU also offers a non-thesis, online M.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) for experienced dieticians who want to take advanced coursework in the field. Another degree option, which is offered through the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion is an MPH, which prepares students for the national examination for registered dieticians. ASU has been ranked the number one most innovative school in the country by U.S. News and World Report in 2020.

Other Top Schools

Other schools offer strong master's degree programs in nutrition as well. For example:

College/University Name Distinction Location
Ohio State University - Main Campus Ranked #23 for its public health program by U.S. News and World Report in 2020 Columbus, OH
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus Nutritional sciences facilities include the Center for Childhood Obesity Research, the Center for Healthy Aging, the Diet Assessment Center, the Methodology Center, and the Prevention Research Center University Park, PA
Rutgers University - New Brunswick is ranked #32 for its School of Public Health by U.S. News and World Report in 2020 New Brunswick, NJ
Texas A&M University - College Station The Department of Nutrition and Food Science faculty encompasses 16 research areas College Station, TX
University of California Berkeley The Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology Department offers M.S. and Ph.D. in Metabolic Biology programs and a Ph.D. in Molecular Toxicology program Berkeley, CA
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Areas of faculty research in the Division of Nutritional Sciences include animal nutrition, biochemical and molecular nutrition, and food safety and toxicology Champaign, IL
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Offers M.S. and MPH degree programs in human nutrition Ann Arbor, MI
University of Minnesota Twin Cities The Department of Food Science and Nutrition participates in six research centers, including the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute Minneapolis, MN

There are multiple master's degree options in nutrition, including both M.S. and MPH degrees. Students can choose between the programs at top universities, based on their previous education and future career goals.

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