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Public Health Nutrition Education

by
author image Andrew Sheldon
Andrew Sheldon is a writer from New York. His writing focuses on health and exercise, but he is knowledgeable in various other areas. Sheldon has published articles on and Fitday.com other online health and fitness publications. He graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Public Health Nutrition Education
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Public health nutrition education aims to teach and implement nutritional programs and policies in a public health setting. Education for public health nutrition can have different focuses and varying forms.

Public Health Nutritionist

A public health nutritionist focuses on a group of people, such as a community, city or ethnic group, and assesses their nutritional status. This is done to identify the problems within a specific area or demographic.

Solution

Once a nutritional problem is discovered, solutions can begin to be implemented. Public health nutritionists develop and implement techniques and procedures to eradicate a specific problem within an area or group.

Education

Many schools offer a masters degree or Ph.D. program in public health nutrition. Some schools have joint programs in which you can gain both a masters and a Ph.D.

Focuses

Public health nutrition education programs can focus on specific areas. Topics such as epidemiology, global health, alternative medicine, health policy, and maternal and child nutrition can all be studied in depth.

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Registered Dietitian

Most public health nutritionists are registered dietitians (RD). In order to become an RD, you must complete an accredited degree program, a nutrition internship, and pass a national exam.

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