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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell , Massachusetts ,United States

Master of Public Health - Nutrition

Public Health Nutrition specialists examine the relationship of nutrition with health problems including obesity, chronic diseases, malnutrition, food insecurity, and nutritional deficiencies. Public Health Nutritionists provide nutrition education, conduct research, help to develop health and wellness programs and deliver many other nutritional services to individuals and populations. Students in the Nutrition option of the MPH program advance their knowledge and skills through a program that emphasizes a broad background in public health and specialized education in nutrition.

This option is focused on preparing students for careers specifically in public health nutrition and does not include the training in food services or clinical nutrition required for taking the Registered Dietitian exam. Applicants interested in sitting for the Registered Dietitian exam should consider MPH in Dietetics.

Campus Information

Lowell

UMass Lowell is located in historic mill city of Lowell, Mass., 45-minutes north of Boston, at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3. The birthplace of Jack Kerouac and the Industrial Revolution, Lowell's history echoes all around you. Former mill buildings and cobblestone streets now add charm to a bustling downtown, steps away from the UMass Lowell campus, which boasts a thriving arts scene, a population rich in cultural diversity, and a flair for festivals.

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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

As a graduate of the MPH program, you will be prepared to assume leadership positions in a range of careers in private industry, government, consulting, law, insurance, hospitals, and the nonprofit sector. Some students may plan to continue to doctoral programs or seek positions in academia. It is projected that more than 250,000 additional public health workers will be needed in the U.S. by 2020.

Careers include titles such as:

  • Biostatistician
  • Director of Family Health Services
  • Disaster Preparedness Researcher
  • Environmental Health & Safety Manager
  • Health Commissioner
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Informatics Specialist
  • Injury Prevention Specialist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Program Officer
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist

PSW Opportunity

3 Years of PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

All doctoral and master’s degree programs at UMass Lowell require the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test, with the exception of the Master of Business Administration (MBA), which requires the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT).

The College of Education Initial Licensure Programs require copies of the appropriate MTEL scores. Other Master of Education and Education Specialist programs require proof of an initial or professional teacher license appropriate to the field. Not all M.Ed. and Ed.S. programs require the GRE. Doctoral programs in education require GRE scores. 

Statement of Purpose

In a separate document, submit a brief statement indicating your immediate and long-range goals, relevant work history, academic honors/awards received, any teaching experience and/or research conducted/published that may be pertinent to your graduate program. Two pages recommended maximum.

Letters of Recommendation

You are required to submit three (3) letters of recommendation. You will be asked to provide (names and email addresses) referees during the application process and an automated request will be sent out after the completion of your application. 

Official Transcripts

Provide a complete and official transcript from the institution that awarded or will award you a bachelor’s degree. You may also include transcripts from other institutions at which you have taken relevant coursework. Please note that waiting for additional transcripts may delay review of your application.