Public Health Nutrition

The field of public health nutrition seeks to understand the complex causes of malnutrition, including both over and under-nutrition, and the consequences of malnutrition on growth, development, communicable and non-communicable disease, and economic productivity through the life course and across generations.

Public health nutrition also concerns itself with the development and evaluation of programs and policies to improve diets and nutritional status. The public health nutrition practitioner requires a solid understanding of the biology of nutrition, the individual, community and socio-political determinants of dietary intakes and nutritional status, and the principles of program and policy design, implementation, and evaluation. As such, the public health nutrition concentration takes a broad perspective with respect to both content and methodological approaches to equip students for careers in public health nutrition. Graduates can use these skills to serve government agencies, the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, applied research institutions, and universities in the U.S. and globally.

Practica opportunities and thesis projects are often conducted in conjunction with ongoing faculty research projects and/or with nutrition programs implemented by government agencies, international NGOs, or community-based organizations.

In addition to the department requirements outlined HERE, this concentration requires: 

Course Required     

ClassTitleCredit
GH 545 Nutritional Assessment (Spring) 3

Life Course Nutrition (one course required)

ClassTitleCredit
GH 534 Diabetes: A model for Global non-communicable Disease Prevention and Control (Spring) 2
GH 546 Maternal and Child Nutrition (Spring) 3
GH 551 Diet and Chronic Disease (Fall) 2
GH 552 Global Elimination of Micronutrient Malnutrition (Fall) 2
GH 579 Non-communicable Diseases Prevention and Control (Spring) 3

Research & Program Methods (one course required)

ClassTitleCredit
GH 567 Shaping Healthy Food Systems through Policy (Alt Spring) 3
GH 568 Community Engaged Food Security (Alt Spring) 3
GH 537 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (Fall) 2
EPI 591L Methods in Nutrition Epidemiology (Fall) 2

 

2019-PHN curriculum plan

 

Public Health Nutrition Faculty

Read about faculty who teach public health nutrition courses or conduct research in this concentration area by clicking on the names below. 

Competencies 

Upon completion of the MPH in global health and community health development concentration, the graduate will be able to:

      • Describe the magnitude, distribution and trends of nutrition problems in populations
      • Assess the nutritional status of individuals using anthropometric, diet and biochemical methods
      • Evaluate the causes and consequences of malnutrition
      • Evaluate the efficacy or effectiveness of nutrition programs or policies
      • Propose innovative approaches to address nutrition problems

Connect with our concentration leader

Amy Webb Girard, PhD
Email: awebb3@emory.edu
Phone:(404) 727 8807

Melissa Young, PhD
Email: melissa.young@emory.edu
Phone: (404) 727 1529