Applications are being accepted for Fall 2012.
The nutritional problems of today’s world differ from those of the past; however, the public health professional in the field still needs to utilize the basic ideas of disease prevention and the promotion of well being.
The doctor of public health (DrPH) degree program in nutrition is designed for individuals seeking to acquire research and leadership capability in the growing area of public health nutrition. This will provide the advanced knowledge, skills, and competencies required to meet the increasing needs of public health nutrition in the areas of program management, leadership, and research. Individuals whose academic backgrounds include substantial graduate study in public health and/or the major field may be granted advanced standing. The number of units of coursework required to complete the program may be reduced accordingly. Refer to the University Catalog for specific degree requirements.
Upon completion of this degree, the graduate should be able to:
Chosen from allied areas such as public health, basic science or leadership and administration to enhance competence; minimum of (8) units must be from nutrition.
Graduate level: chosen from RELE (3), RELR (3) and RELT (3)
The doctor of public health (DrPH) degree program will provide the advanced knowledge, skills, and competencies required to meet the increasing needs of public health nutrition in the areas of program management, leadership, and research.
The program offers training for a career where advanced analytical and conceptual capabilities are required – teaching, research, consultation, and top-level administration.
Student research and the dissertation are key components in developing critical thinking related to public health nutrition.
The curriculum includes courses in nutrition, public health, administration, leadership, and research and evaluation. In addition, students select courses from allied fields to strengthen their knowledge base for the dissertation or for career development.
These courses may be taken in the School of Public Health or in another school. The program consists of approximately two years of coursework plus the research/dissertation.
Individuals whose academic backgrounds include substantial graduate study in public health and/or the major field may be granted advanced standing. The number of units of coursework required to complete the program may be reduced accordingly but is not to be less than 60 units and 12 dissertation units at Loma Linda University.
For specific degree requirements, refer to the University Catalog.
Doctoral research projects for this degree are primarily focused on the application of nutrition science in the community. Emphasis is on community nutrition issues, the relation of dietary practices to disease prevention, and the role of nutrition in promoting the health of communities and populations.
Clinical research experience is not necessary but is not excluded. Areas of community nutrition research may include nutrition and dietary assessment, nutrition education, nutritional epidemiology, and nutrition program evaluation.
Traditionally, research in the Department of Nutrition has focused on the roles plant-based dietary practices play in the health and disease status of individuals. Many of the faculty are actively conducting research this area.
Loma Linda University’s School of Public Health is the center for several large epidemiological studies of the health of Seventh-day Adventists, a low-risk population for chronic diseases. Data sets from these studies are available for research. Students are responsible for gaining the commitment of a faculty member to serve as their research mentor.
A limited number of research and teaching assistantships are available. Students who are awarded assistantships may need to limit their academic loads to account for the time commitment required for their assistantship activities.