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The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree in nutrition program is designed to provide advanced knowledge, skills, and competencies required to meet the increasing needs of public health nutrition at the doctoral level in the areas of research, academia, programs/policies, and leadership. Research emphasis is on plant-based diets in the prevention of chronic diseases, nutritional epidemiology, and community nutrition. Learner outcomes Upon completion of the program, graduates will: • Contribute to the theory and practice of public health nutrition. • Apply for funding to conduct research studies and design and implement a nutrition research project. • Will be able to produce scientific papers and presentations. • Demonstrate effective leadership skills. Educational effectiveness indicators • Comprehensive examination • Dissertation proposal defense (qualifying examination) • Advancement to candidacy • Two publishable scientific papers • Dissertation defense • One presentation at a scientific meeting Prerequisite • Master's degree in nutrition preferred; or an M.S. or M.P.H. degree with completion of all prerequisite courses; or a health professional degree at the Master's level or higher (M.D. or equivalent) • Advanced biochemistry (may be taken concurrently with the program) • Anatomy and physiology • Behavioral science (one course) • Quantitative and analytical proficiency as evidenced by GRE scores All prerequisites must be completed with a passing grade of B or higher. Individuals who may benefit from the program Those who may benefit from the program include individuals seeking careers in: • academia and research • leadership in public health nutrition in government and nonprofit organizations

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Admissions Note

Doctoral applications are accepted once a year for the Fall term (beginning in September). The deadline for doctoral applications (SOPHAS application, LLU Secondary application, and all supporting documents submitted to LLU) is February 15th. Applications will be held until the deadline then forwarded to the program director and doctoral committee for review and a decision. Admission Requirements (in addition to the required program requirements for all DrPH degrees (, include all transcripts, official GRE (or equivalent) scores, three letters of recommendation (preferably two academic and one professional), and a secondary application (emailed to you once SOPHAS application is verified and complete) For GRE scores, even though we do not have a minimum GRE score requirement, 50th percentile or higher in each of the three sections of the GRE (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) is considered competitive. International application may require additional documentation (see link below) If you have questions contact Alumni Profiles:


Fall 2018 | All applicants: 2/1/2018

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    Loma Linda University School of Public Health


    Loma Linda, CA

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    Office of Admissions and Academic Records, Nichol Hall 1705, Loma Linda, CA, 92350

    Tel: (909) 558-8776

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    Loma Linda University School of Public Health

    Loma Linda University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. LLUSPH is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and is a member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). We’re the only accredited Christian school of Public Health in the state of California. 


    Public Health is at the heart of the mission of Loma Linda University Health (LLUH). The school of public health, founded in 1967, continues to be the hub for public health initiatives at LLUH, a Seventh-day Adventist Christian organization. Our commitment to our students is an exceptional learning experience that instills confidence and skills that shape leaders in public health and beyond.


    LLUH’s mission is to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ, “To make man whole.” We believe wholeness is the harmonious relationship that exists when healthy individuals are able to thrive in resilient communities supported by sustainable systems of health. We prepare our students to view public health challenges from a global lens and with an eye on equity. Match your passion and drive with a hands on learning experience through our master’s and doctoral programs. 

    Working Professionals 

    We are the only school of public health in the country that offers an MBA in Health Care Administration. If you’re a working professional, our MBA degree incorporates time spent in a management or business setting toward degree requirements. With our online offerings, you can learn around your busy schedules. Our online programs include the MPH and DrPH in Health Education, MPH in Population Medicine, and MPH in Lifestyle Medicine. 

    Peace Corps 

    The LLU School of Public Health is partnered with the Peace Corps for our Master’s International Program (MIP) and Fellows/USA programs. MPH/MIP students complete coursework on the Loma Linda campus in one of seven majors at LLUSPH before entering the Peace Corps to fulfill the field experience requirement. If you are a returning Peace Corps volunteer, you are eligible to enter the Fellows/USA program where you can gain credit for your overseas experiences. 


    Faculty – Public health professionals who back up their scholastic teaching with real-world experience teach our programs. At LLUSPH there is approximately one faculty for every 10 students in our programs. 


    Local and Global – Take your passion all over the world. We belong to an international network of 29 hospitals and clinics in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Locally, in San Bernardino, CA, we offer opportunities with programs, projects, centers, and active grants for students to gain practical experience in the field of public health. 


    Career Services – LLUSPH recognizes that education is a means to an end. Our career center offers workshops on topics ranging from how to use professional software, writing a lit review, plagiarism and abstracts that get read. The career center also offers help on resumes, cover letters, interview skills, how to dress, and everything you need to know in and outside of the classroom. 


    Interdisciplinary – We are right next to the Loma Linda University Medical Center, a world class teaching hospital and 8 schools including Nursing, Pharmacy, Religion, Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine and Public Health. The close proximity to other schools and professions, all within walking distance, offers many opportunities for collaboration. 


    Start Today – Start the application process now. There has never been a better time to join and grow the field of public health. 

    MPH | MS – rolling admissions MBA | DrPH | PhD – fall enrollment only

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    To get more information about LLU School of Public Health’s programs, please visit our website or call (909) 558-8776 to speak to an admissions counselor.

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