The MPH in Dietetics is intended for students who want to become Registered Dietitians (RDs). The dietetics option is an accredited Coordinated Program in Dietetics, which is a highly regarded degree option that combines the academic and supervised practice experience to qualify graduates to become RDs.
The UMass Lowell MPH Dietetics option is the only MPH coordinated program offered in New England.
The MPH in Dietetics prepares students for new, unique careers by combining two professional fields – dietetics and public heath. Both fields are projected to grow substantially in the next decade. With the MPH and RD credentials, you will be specifically trained to examine the intersection of food access, diet choices and public health.
You will be qualified for any traditional RD career pathway in clinical nutrition, food service and community nutrition, but can also find employment in health promotion, public health research, public health program development, design and evaluation, and policy analysis.
We prepare graduates to:
View the courses in the graduate academic catalog.
The UMass Lowell MPH Coordinated Program in Dietetics has been granted Candidacy Status for Accreditation by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
Accreditation includes self-analysis, preparation of a self-study report, and an on-site evaluation visit by a team of professional peers. Dietetics educators and practitioners, appointed by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) board, participate in the peer review process to determine if a program is achieving its own educational objectives and meeting the accreditation standards.
The ACEND board accredits programs that are able to meet these standards. Candidacy status is awarded after review of an eligibility application and self-study report and an on-site evaluation indicate that the program is progressing toward compliance with the Accreditation Standards and demonstrates institutional readiness to implement the proposed program. After candidacy for accreditation is granted, the program may enroll students.
Students on premises and enrolled after candidacy is granted will be considered graduates of an accredited program on successful completion of the program.
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND accredited MPH Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Massachusetts Lowell are eligible to take the CDR credentialing exam to be a RDN.
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics
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Chicago, IL 60606-6995
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Students wishing to become Registered Dietitians Nutritionists (RDNs) should apply to the Master of Public Health (MPH) Dietetics option, which will be referred to as the Dietetics option. The students following the Dietetics option receive a Verification Statement upon graduation, which is needed to take the RDN exam. The Dietetics option requires unique standards and admissions policies as outlined below.
Applying to the Dietetics Option
All application documents should be submitted directly to UMass Lowell Graduate Admissions or mail a hard copy to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Cumnock Hall, Suite 110
One University Avenue
Lowell, MA 01854-5130
The Program Director and the admissions committee will review all completed applications combined with interviews to finalize admissions decisions. Currently, there is a rolling admissions process, which means applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to one month before the Fall term begins in early September. Students in other MPH options who are interested in switching to the Dietetics option should contact Dietetics Program Director Renee Barrile to discuss transfer eligibility.
Application to the Dietetics Option
Admission into the Dietetics option is competitive. Due to programmatic constraints, meeting all admission criteria does not guarantee placement into this option. Students who wish to pursue the Dietetics option should meet the following minimum criteria to be considered for admission:
Pre-Requisite Course Requirements for Application to the Dietetics Option
Additional Application Documents
Please include the pre-requisite course checklist with your updated resume in the "resume" section of the application.
Application to the Dietetics Option for International Students
Assessment of Prior Learning
For questions about the Dietetics option, please contact the Program Director:
Renee Barrile, RD Ph.D.
The Dietetics option is an accredited Coordinated Program in Dietetics, which is a highly regarded degree option that combines the academic and supervised practice experience to qualify graduates to become Registered Dietitians (RD).
The 1200 hours of supervised practice are integrated into the curriculum and are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as RDNs upon successful completion of the registration exam. Students will have rotations in organizations that specialize in community nutrition, public health, food service management, and clinical nutrition. Public Health Nutrition is the concentration of the Dietetics option, and Lowell and the surrounding communities have an abundance of programs that promote nutrition to diverse populations.
Some examples of our major partners include: Genesis Health Care, Lowell General Hospital, The Lowell Community Health Center, The Lowell Boys and Girls Club, Mill City Grows and The UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program.
UMass Lowell also has several sites for supervised practice right on campus. These campus connections will give our dietetics students many opportunities to help promote healthy nutrition on campus.
The MPH Coordinated Program in Dietetics (Dietetics option) combines the coursework and supervised practice requirements to become eligible to take the national examination to become a Registered Dietitian after graduation. Review the Student Handbook to learn more about the program, policies and procedures, a comprehensive list of student resources and other relevant information about the Dietetics option.
The mission of the MPH Dietetics option in public health nutrition is to promote public health nutrition by preparing graduates to practice entry level dietetics with knowledge, competence and the ability to address the needs of diverse communities.
Program Goals and Outcome Measures for the MPH Dietetics Option
Goal #1: To prepare graduates for a successful entry-level position as a Registered Dietitian. Expected outcomes and target measures:
Goal #2: To prepare graduates to be life-long learners who seek opportunities for personal and professional growth. Expected outcomes and target measures:
Goal #3: To prepare graduates who are competent to address the health and nutrition needs of diverse populations. Expected outcomes and target measures:
To request program outcome data, please contact:
Program Director Renee Barrile, RD, Ph.D.
Haylee Dussault was a part of the first class of students in the Master of Public Heath Dietetics program. Shortly after graduation, she passed the registered dietitian exam and landed her dream job.