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Public Health Nutrition with Dietetic Internship

Master of Science

The Keene State College combined Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition with Dietetic Internship cultivates leaders as Public Health Dietitian Nutritionists to inform, educate, and empower the public about health and nutrition issues. Through a policy, systems, and environmental focus, graduates will form community, state and national partnerships and collaborate to identify and solve pressing health and nutrition concerns.

The Dietetic Internship was granted provisional accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) in 1998 with the first full accreditation occurring in 2003. In 2010, the Dietetic Internship applied for and received approval for a second track for distance clinical. In the past 15 years the Dietetic Internship has earned a fully accredited status without recommendations through ACEND. In conjunction with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), ACEND is working towards the new education model for practice in nutrition and dietetics requiring a Master’s degree to qualify for the national registration exam to be credentialed as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. The combined Masters in Public Health Nutrition and Dietetic Internship will meet all requirements established by ACEND and CDR.

In the combined Master in Public Health Nutrition and Dietetic Internship, graduate students will complete a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice in clinical, food service management, community, and specialty rotations (14 credits) in addition to 34 credit hours of online graduate coursework. The 1,200 hours of supervised practice will be completed in New Hampshire. Dietetic Interns will primarily practice within a county-based model where they will complete a majority of their rotations. Individualized specialty rotations may take dietetic interns outside of their assigned county.

The Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition with Dietetic Internship accepts 16 graduate students/interns annually. Applying to the program is a multi-step process completed through the Dietetic Internship Computerized Application Services (DICAS), D&D Digital, and the College. Participation in the DICAS application process and matching process through D&D Digital allows graduate students/interns to apply to more than one program. In addition to the DICAS standardized application, the Dietetic Internship requires supplemental documentation including a professional portfolio. Additional information is available on our website:

The Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition with Dietetic Internship requires applicants to also apply to the College through Graduate Studies. Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Official transcript of undergraduate work from an ACEND accredited DPD program.
  2. A professional resume.
  3. Three letters of recommendation utilizing the KSC applicant recommendation form by three different academic or professional references.
  4. Statement of personal and career goals.

Major Requirements

48 credits

PH 601 Food Systems and Sustainability (2 credits)
PH 602 Food and Nutrition Policy (2 credits)
PH 603 Advanced Nutrition Counseling (3 credits)
PH 604 Learning Theory: Practical Applications throughout the Lifespan(3 credits)
PH 605 Nutritional Epidemiology (3 credits)
PH 608 International Health (3 credits)
PH 612 Public Health Nutrition I: Capstone (3 credits)
PH 614 Public Health Nutrition II: Capstone (3 credits)
PH 615 Nutritional Biochemistry (4 credits)
PH 616 Research Methods and Design (3 credits)
PH 618 Advanced Nutritional Biochemistry (2 credits)
PH 620 Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy (3 credits) PH 630 Dietetic Internship (2 to 3 credits, minimum total of 14 credits)