Division of Community Health and Humanities

Graduate Programs - Master of Public Health - Nutrition/Dietetics

Program Contacts:

Rachel Prowse
Program Chair

General Admission Inquiries:

Shannon Steeves
Academic Program Administrator (Interim}

Application Deadline Date:

February 1st (Fall admission only)
All application documentation must be received by the School of Graduate Studies by this date.

Note: there is only one intake of students each year.

How to apply to this program?

Application is made through the School of Graduate Studies. Visit their application page for full details about applying to a graduate program at Memorial University.
Master of Public Health - Nutrition/Dietetics Stream

This program stream offers an advanced program of study for students who have completed a bachelor's degree in the field of dietetics and wish to pursue a career in dietetics, community nutrition, or nutrition-focused public health policy, practice or research. It offers an opportunity for advanced academic study in the area of public health with a qualifying internship that will permit practice in the field of dietetics. Students complete 6 core courses, 2 seminars, a general dietetics internship accredited by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP), and a research project. The program is only available on a full-time basis. Students will complete the program in 24 consecutive months.

Please note: The Nutrition/Dietetics stream is an on-site program.
Program Requirements:
  • MED6280 - Community Health Research Methods
  • MED6288 - Policy and Decision Making
  • MED6200 - Biostatistics
  • MED6270 - Epidemiology I
  • MED6730 - Professional Practice
  • MED6731 - Community Nutrition
  • MED6700-6701 - 2 public health seminars
  • MED6733-6736 - Dietetic Internship I, II, III, IV
  • MED671A/B - Research Project

Admission Requirements:
  • Have successfully completed an undergraduate dietetics program accredited by PDEP. Please check with the director of your undergraduate program, and include the following document with your application: https://www.dietitians.ca/getattachment/Become-a-Dietitian/Education-and-Training/Post-Graduate-Program-Match/Confirmation-of-completion-of-academic-program.pdf.aspx. Please note that this requirement cannot be waived, and it means that applicants with an undergraduate nutrition or dietetics degree from a non-Canadian institution cannot apply directly to the Master of Public Health Nutrition/Dietetics stream.
  • Have a minimum academic average of 75% over the last 2 years of full-time study
  • Pre-requisite Course: successful completion of a post-secondary level statistics course
  • Have satisfactory appraisals from two referees (at least one appraisal should be academic; the second may be academic or professional)
  • A completed "statement of interest" section within the online application (item #9), which includes information on the following: area(s) of interest relating to nutrition and public health; nutrition-related experience (either as a paid employee or a volunteer); and public health-related experience (either as a paid employee or a volunteer)
Note: A faculty supervisor is NOT required for this program.

Admission to this program is competitive and not all qualifying students are admitted to the program. The Division of Community Health & Humanities reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant.

Application Process:

Once you submit your web application, you can check your graduate application status by going back to the web application site and signing in under the previously selected login ID and PIN used to create your web application. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure all supporting documentation is received by the application deadline date; checking the application status can help applicants monitor their graduate application.  For more details, visit: http://www.mun.ca/become/graduate/apply/alreadyapplied.php.

Normally, applicants are notified about their admission status 6 to 8 weeks AFTER the application deadline date. 

Program Cost (effective Fall 2019):

This program is to be completed in two years or 6 academic semesters.
  Program Fee
Per Semester

No. of
Semesters Fee
must be Paid

Tuition for Newfoundland & Labrador Students
Plan A
Plan B
Plan C
Tuition for Canadian Citizens/Permanent Residents
Plan A
Plan B
Plan C
Tuition for International Students
Plan A
Plan B
Plan C

Students also pay a special fee of $1,460: charged half in semester 1 and half in semester 2. They are also responsible for a number of other fees, such as student union fees, recreation fees, and health and dental insurance. For a comprehensive list, please refer to the Minimum Expense Form found on the School of Graduate Studies website.

Cost of Living:

The estimated cost of living for students attending Memorial University and living on or near campus can be found here.

Funding Information:

Memorial University does not provide funding to students entering course-based graduate degrees

Dietetic Internship:

The internship is accredited by PDEP and provides students with the opportunity to work in a health care setting.  Full-time placements in Newfoundland and Labrador are provided to MPH Nutrition/Dietetics stream students in collaboration with the Eastern Health Dietetics Internship Program.

Employment Opportunities:

Students graduating from this program can expect to find employment in government, hospital, or health-related organizations.