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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Program information

  • Completion time: Two years, with classes year-round
  • This program blends synchronous (set meeting times in an online classroom) and asynchronous (with coursework completed on your schedule) courses
  • 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

Eligibility:

Applicants must:

Admissions exam:


COVID-19 Update Effective 4/16/2020:

Individuals applying to programs with a July 1 deadline who are experiencing difficulty taking a required standardized exam due to Covid-19 closures of testing centers or other factors that prevent them from taking the GRE online should contact Associate Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Marie Hoepfl (hoepflmc@appstate.edu) to request a waiver.


GRE waivers are available if the applicant has an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better.

No exam waiver is automatic but will require review and approval by the Graduate School upon submission of a complete application. An approved waiver request does not guarantee acceptance into the program. A denied waiver request does not mean that a candidate is denied admission to the program, only that a standardized exam score is needed to more fully evaluate the application. Standardized test scores may be required for scholarship consideration.

Applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 will be required to take the official general GRE exam in accordance with Graduate School policy or successfully complete the graduate certificate in Public Health Nutrition Practice at Appalachian State.

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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