MPH-RDN Track Details

The mission of the UTC MPH-RDN Track is to prepare graduates for reflective practice as registered dietitian nutritionists promoting health equity in a variety of diverse settings, through scholarly achievement, public health leadership, and experiential learning in community nutrition, food systems management, and medical nutrition therapy, with the goal of preventing and treating nutrition-related chronic disease.

Cohorts will complete coursework in nutrition and public health. Classes include engaging and interactive hands-on activities where students have the opportunity to apply what they learn through group activities and simulations. In addition, students will participate in a research topic of interest.

The track includes supervised experiential learning opportunities in Chattanooga and surrounding communities. Program faculty and staff arrange supervised experiential learning opportunities in public health and community nutrition, food systems management, and clinical nutrition.

Upon completion of the track, graduates will receive an MPH degree and a verification statement to establish eligibility to take the registration examination for dietitian nutritionists. Students will demonstrate competencies according to both the Accreditation Standards for Graduate Degree Programs in the Council on Education for Public Health (8 domains/22competencies) and Nutrition and Dietetics (FG) (7 domains/37 competencies).

Program outcomes data is available upon request.


Length & Calendar

The MPH-RDN Track is a 5-semester program, including two fall and spring terms and the summer term in between. Please see the UTC Academic Calendars and Schedules for more information.


Practicum Health & Liability Requirements

As a student enrolled in a Health Science Program, you have additional requirements for clinical practicums. The MPH-RDN track requirements will be listed in Health Science Program Requirements.