The programme provides training in public health nutrition in a global setting. An integrated programme covers epidemiological, dietary, public health, social and biological aspects of nutritional science. Specialist topics include: maternal and child nutrition; nutrition in emergencies; nutrition programme planning, evaluation and monitoring; nutrition-related chronic disease. The main programme focus is on nutritional problems in low and middle-income countries - although skills and learning outcomes are widely applicable to populations globally.
The programme attracts graduates from many countries and various disciplines who wish to equip themselves for global health nutrition research and teaching, operational work in the field or community nutrition programmes, work in public health nutrition, including health promotion and nutrition education, and for policy and programme planning in nutrition.The MSc has been designed to focus on nutritional problems in low and middle income countries. This course is not a dietetic qualification.
Graduates work for local and national governments, NGOs, international agencies, academic institutions, and in fields ranging from food emergencies to research on nutrient-gene interactions.
The course is accredited by UK Association for Nutrition, Graduates can apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists.
Duration: one year full-time; half-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.
- Programme specification (pdf)
- Intercalating this programme
Watch staff and students talk about the programme.
Youtube link Watch the video on Youtube Image Citation Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera, France Quote
"I have recently been interviewed for a high-level position and feel that my career path is now stronger and I owe that to the School."
By the end of this programme students should be able to:
- demonstrate an advanced knowledge of nutrition for global health at biological, social and policy levels
- assess critically, select and apply a range of appropriate research skills and techniques, from anthropometry and information on dietary intake to broader analytical skills
- interpret and synthesise different types of data used to analyse and assess nutritional problems at population and population sub-group levels
- evaluate critically the findings of scientific studies of public health nutrition
- disseminate and present findings of research in a range of formats and contexts
- identify and formulate appropriate responses and intervention strategies to address nutritional issues, taking into account the public health and social policy contexts
- apply knowledge of effective teamwork and communication skills to solve problems and achieve goals
The below structure outlines the proposed modules for this programme. Module specifications provide full details about the aims and objectives of each module, what you will study and how the module is assessed.
- View module specifications
All students take three compulsory modules:
- Fundamental Public Health Nutrition
- Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health
- Basic Epidemiology
One additional optional module may also be taken from:
- Principles of Social Research
- Health Promotion Theory
- Health Policy, Process and Power
Students take a total of five modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which can only be taken after consultation with the course director.
- Maternal and Child Nutrition (compulsory)
- Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*
- Family Planning Programmes
- History & Health
- Qualitative Methodologies
- Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
- Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health
- Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
- Nutrition in Emergencies
- Tropical Environmental Health
- Nutrition-Related Chronic Disease (compulsory)
- Advance Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
- Analysing Survey & Population Data
- Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries
- Nutrition Programme Planning
- Principles and Practice of Public Health
During the summer months (July - August), students complete research project which enables them to work on a subject of special interest, practice skills of analysis and presentation, and integrate different aspects of the year's work, for submission by early September.
How to apply
Applications should be made online and will only be considered once you have provided all required information and supporting documentation.
How to apply - deadlines Paragraph
All applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure availability of a place and a timely decision on their application. This is particularly important for applicants with sponsorship deadlines.
The final closing date for taught Master's applications is as follows:
- 31 July 2018 by 23:59 British Summer Time (BST) for international applicants requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, and
- 21 August 2018 by 23:59 British Summer Time (BST) for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa.
How to apply - visa Paragraph
Do you need a visa?
If you have EU nationality or you are from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you do not need immigration permission to come to the UK. You can enter, study and work in the UK without restriction. If you have dual nationality, and you choose to come to the UK using your EEA or Swiss passport, you do not need immigration permission.
For useful guidance on EEA nationals in the UK, go to the UKCISA website.
Students from outside the EEA
All non-EEA nationals who want to study in the UK must hold immigration permission that allows you to study in the UK.
If you are coming to the School to study on a full time degree programme and you have no other immigration permission for the UK, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa. You can only apply for Tier 4 when your offer at the School is unconditional.
If you already hold a Tier 4 visa for a different institution, you will probably have to apply for a Tier 4 visa for the School before you can start studying with us.
- Visit the School's UK immigration & visa section for more information
Still unsure on whether you need a visa?
- Answer a few questions and see if you need a visa