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Program Description

The Master of Public Health in Nutrition (With a coordinated program in dietetics) enables students to meet the didactic (classes) and supervised practice (rotation hours) requirements to be eligible to take the RDN exam. The purpose of the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by encouraging high standards of performance by persons practicing nutrition and dietetics. Upon completion of the degree, students may sit for the RDN exam.

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Program Length

2.33 years (nine [9] academic quarters) — based on full-time enrollment; part-time permitted

Possible Careers

Public Health Nutrition (Local, State, Federal)

  • Nutrition Educator
  • Public Health Nutritionist
  • Department Director

Clinical Nutrition

  • Clinical Dietitian – In-patient, Out-patient
  • Clinical Manager
  • Nutritional Services Director

Private Practice & Consulting

  • Corporate Wellness

Sports Nutrition

Food Service & Manufacturing

  • School District Nutritional Services Director
  • School District Nutrition Specialist
  • Hospital Food Service Manager
  • Product development RDN
  • Supermarket RDN

Research & Education

  • Research Dietitian
  • Instructor
  • Professor

Admissions Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an institutionally accredited college or university, with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • The GRE is not required for applicants who meet the admissions criteria. If an applicant does not meet the minimum G.P.A. requirements, the GRE is required in order for the application to be considered. Applicant may be interviewed by program director and/or faculty.
  • At least three academic and/or employer references.
  • As part of the application process, applicants may be invited to participate in our interview process.
  • Religious affiliation is not a requirement; but students are expected to adhere to on-campus requirements of modest dress, abstinence from alcohol and smoking, and attendance at weekly chapel.


  • General chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Anatomy and 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  Accreditation 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

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Expected Cost of Attendance

The following estimated cost of attendance is based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. Estimated amounts may vary based on a number of factors. Students may use these estimates when applying for financial aid.

Required Program Costs

Academic Year 2024-2025

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Tuition & Fees $40,455 $46,340 $20,490
Books, Materials, Supplies & Equipment Allowance
(May or may not be purchased through the school)
$1,900 $1,550 0

Other Educational Costs

Non-required costs that can be funded with scholarships/loans.

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Living Expense (Food & Housing Allowance)
Students will be assigned one of the following Living Expense Budget Options:
  • On Campus Dorm
  • $11,835 $15,780 $7,890
  • LLU Owned Rental Property
  • $18,900 $25,200 $12,600
  • LLU Owned Rental w/ Dependents
  • $19,800 $26,400 $13,200
  • Undergraduate Dependent w/ Parents
  • $7,200 $9,600 $4,800
  • Off Campus
  • $18,900 $25,200 $12,600
    Transportation Allowance $3,150 $4,200 $2,100
    Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $3,150 $4,200 $1,800
    Federal Student Loan Fees $1,808 $2,265 $348
    Cost of Obtaining Professional License 0 0 0
    Dependent Care
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request
    Disability-Related Expenses
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request


    • Estimated amounts are for the academic year specified only. Amounts are based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on these amounts.
    • Amounts are expected to increase each year consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.
    • To qualify for financial aid, most students must be enrolled at least half time in an aid eligible program and be taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.