The online Master of Science in Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition concentration, at Appalachian

The national conversation about health and wellness continues to grow as more and more seek out consumer-friendly, relevant and accurate information about nutrition and the food we eat.

With the nation’s increasing emphasis on the role of nutrition in living healthier lives, new opportunities are rapidly emerging for professionals trained and skilled in this important arena of the health care industry and careers. Now is the time to enhance your skills for helping others improve their quality of life.

The Master of Science in Nutrition with a concentration in Public Health Nutrition offered online through Appalachian State University will help you develop an understanding of the relationship between nutrition and human health that you can use to start a new career or advance to higher levels in your current position. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Food and Nutrition field is expected to increase 21 percent from 2012-2022.

Perfect for working professionals and adults, this nutrition program connects you with distinguished faculty that will work with you to develop research skills, stimulate independent thought and provide up-to-date knowledge in food, wellness and public health.

The Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management at Appalachian State is a member of the Association of Graduate Programs in Public Health Nutrition (AGPPHN).

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Degree details

Program information

  • Completion time: Two years, with classes year-round
  • Coursework will be delivered online in two formats:
    • Asynchronous: Coursework may be completed on the student's own schedule, except for individualized online meetings with the instructor.
    • Synchronous: On occasion, course instructors may plan a class meeting in a virtual, real-time classroom setting. In this situation, class meetings will be recorded for those students whose schedules may preclude real-time attendance.
  • Additional prerequisite courses (up to 6 hours) may be required if introductory nutrition and medical terminology courses are needed.
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Eligibility and application requirements


Applicants must:

Admissions exam:

GRE scores are required for entry into this program unless the applicant has a GPA of 3.0 or better; and:

  • One or more years of professional work experience; or
  • Successfully completed a national certification exam such as the Dietetics Technician, Registered Certification (DTR).

Application Requirements:

  • Completed online application to the graduate school
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts must be submitted showing any completed degrees and transcripts showing any coursework completed at institutions other than Appalachian in the last five years
  • Application fee
  • Three letters of reference pertaining to academic ability, professional competence and personal character

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