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
  • 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


Applicants must:

Admissions exam:

Admissions exam waiver are available to eligible applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Priority will be given to applicants with related volunteer, life, or employment experiences. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0 must either provide official GRE general exam scores or successfully complete the graduate certificate in Public Health Nutrition Practice.

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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