Master of Public Health

The MPH with emphasis in Nutrition is designed to prepare graduate health professionals to have a thorough understanding of nutrition in relation to normal body functions and its role in the prevention of disease.

In addition to the professional competencies listed in the beginning of the Public Health section of the Bulletin, the graduate with an emphasis in Nutrition will have the following competencies:

  • Assesses nutritional needs and status at the individual and community levels.
  • Designs and implement appropriate programs to meet the nutritional needs of individuals in a holistic manner.

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, preferably in Nutrition, with a GPA of not less than 3.00. Students with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.00 may be admitted on scholastic probation, and their admission status will be reevaluated after completion of 12 semester hours of coursework.
  2. Proficiency in oral and written use of the English language, which is the medium of instruction at AIIAS.


The prerequisites for the MPH with emphasis in Nutrition are:

  1. Introduction to Nutrition or Basic Nutrition (3 semester hours) or equivalent
  2. Nutritional Metabolism or Biochemistry (3 semester hours)
  3. Human Anatomy and Physiology (3 semester hours).

These prerequisites are undergraduate credits with a minimum grade of B. Other documents that demonstrate an acceptable level of knowledge in the above subjects may be accepted, including evidence of the successful completion of online study modules, from recognized institutions/organizations. It is possible to be accepted into the program provisionally when the prerequisites are not fully met. In such a case, the student is required then to complete all missing prerequisites before 50% of the coursework has been completed. Prerequisites are valid only if taken within the last 10 years.


To earn the MPH degree with emphasis in Nutrition, the student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 40 semester hours of studies as stipulated in the curriculum, achieving a GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  2. Select and complete one of the following options:
    1. Elective class beginning with a PH prefix (3 semester hours) + PHNU 691 Field Learning Internship (3 semester hours) + Comprehensive Examination.
    2. A master’s thesis including an oral defense (6 semester hours).


The curriculum for the MPH with emphasis in Nutrition comprises a minimum of 46 semester hours configured as follows:

Core Courses Credits
CHMN 630 Health Ministries 3
PHFN 600 Health Promotion Theory and Practice 3
PHFN 605 Planning and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs 3
PHFN 610 Principles of Environmental Health and Disaster Management 4
PHFN 615 Principles of Epidemiology 3
PHFN 620 Biostatistics 3
PHFN 625 Maternal-Child Health and Family Planning 3
RESM 520 Academic Writing 2
RESM 610 Research Methods 3
Total Credits 27


Nutrition Emphasis Credits
PHNU 600 Nutritional Status Assessment 3
PHNU 610 Advanced Nutrition I: Carbohydrates and Lipids 3
PHNU 611 Advanced Nutrition II: Proteins, Vitamins, and Minerals 3
PHNU 640 Public Health Nutrition 3
LEAD 610 Biblical Foundations of Leadership and Ethics 1
Total Credits 13


Culminating Phase Credits
Complete one of the following options:  
    1. Elective class beginning with a PH prefix (3 units) + PHHM 691 Field Learning Internship (3 units) + Comprehensive Examination.  
    2. Thesis (6 units). The thesis will follow the Graduate School criteria, and the additional guidelines from the Department (see Departmental Policies and Guidelines section).  
Total Credits 6


Total semester hours  46