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Master of Science in Public Health / Registered Dietitian Program

The Johns Hopkins Master of Science in Public Health/Registered Dietitian (MSPH/RD) Program is a collaborative program between The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) and the Dietetics Education Program at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (JHBMC). The 19-month graduate-level education program has an emphasis in public health nutrition. Coursework and experiences provide the opportunity to obtain the required knowledge and meet the required competencies to sit for the Commission on Dietetics Registration Exam for Dietitians. The full-time program accepts a maximum of eight students annually.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is a full service, 426-bed community teaching hospital and continuing care facility located on a 1,000-acre campus in Baltimore, Maryland. Specialty centers of the medical campus include a wound care center, neonatal intensive care unit, burn unit, a continuing care facility, a Joint Commission Center of Excellence for bariatric surgery and oncology, alcohol and drug treatment center, and cardiac rehabilitation program.

Johns Hopkins Bayview is part of the Johns Hopkins Health System. Rotations will also take place at the Johns Hopkins Hospital will be periodically scheduled at other Johns Hopkins affiliates in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region.

The MSPH/RD Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600, ext. 5400. See more on the requirements and process to become a registered dietitian. Requirements for dietetics practice licensure vary by state. State licensure is entirely separate and distinct from registration or certification by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Future Graduate Program Status

Johns Hopkins has applied to reorganize our current coordinated program to a future graduate program to prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists beginning in August 2022.  

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics (see www.eatrightpro.org/FutureModel).  These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.

Johns Hopkins has demonstrated its leadership in education by submitting an application to be part of the third cohort of programs to be accredited by ACEND under these new standards.  The ACEND Board has approved our phase 1 application and will make a final accreditation decision on the program in 2020 after review of our phase 2 report.  

If successful, following the phase 2 report review by the ACEND Board, we will begin recruiting students for our class entering August 2022. 

Mission of the MSPH/RD Program

The program is consistent with the missions within Johns Hopkins Medicine:

  • To provide a seamless dietetics education program that includes the foundations of public health nutrition and comprehensive dietetics training in preparation for graduates to become skilled entry-level public health Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.
  • To provide the highest quality training in the field of nutrition and dietetics through a strong, interdisciplinary training team;
  • To enable students to develop skills in dietetic leadership; and
  • To promote the development of dietetic professionals who are able to embrace proven theory, evaluate current research and communicate effectively to other health professionals, peers and the lay population.   

Program Goals and Outcomes

The program staff, faculty and preceptors are committed to preparing graduates to become outstanding public health and dietetics professionals.

The following goals and outcome measures for the program have been established:

Goal 1:

Following rigorous, multidisciplinary training in public health and dietetics, graduates will be prepared to address individual and/or community public health nutrition needs as entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.

Outcome measures:

  • At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 2.3 years (150% of the program length).*

  • Of graduates who seek employment, 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.*

  • At least 90% of program graduates take the CDR dietitian credentialing exam within 12 months of program completion.*

  • The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.*

  • At least 80% of graduates’ employer responses will indicate “yes” on the graduate survey when asked if they felt the graduate was prepared for an entry-level dietetics/public health nutrition professional.*

  • At least 80% of program graduates will achieve a first-time passing score on the RD exam.

  • At least 50% of program graduates will practice in the field of public health nutrition within 12 months of program completion. 

  • At least 80% of graduate survey responses will indicate “yes” on the graduate survey when asked if they felt they were prepared academically and professionally for an entry-level position in dietetics/public health nutrition.

Goal 2:

Graduates will communicate effectively with other health professionals, peers and/or the lay population as registered dietitian nutritionists.

Outcome measures:

  • At least 75% of graduates’ employer responses will indicate “yes” on the graduate survey when asked if they felt the graduate communicates effectively with other health professionals, peers and/or the lay population.

Program Completion Rate and Pass Rate on the RD Exam

The MSPH/RD program has maintained a 98-percent completion rate since its inception in 2007, and 100% of graduates have achieved first-time passing scores on the RD exam.

Outcome Data

Outcome data is available upon request.

Requirements

In order to begin the program, all students are required to undergo and pass a criminal background check and drug screening, have a TB test or current lung x-ray, provide proof of immunizations and have a physical exam at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Occupational Health Department. Clearance to begin the program will be determined by the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Human Resources and Occupational Health Departments. A flu vaccine is required in the fall and provided at no cost to the student.

In addition, health insurance, car insurance (if using your car during the program) and an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) student membership are required.

Expenses

Total tuition expenses for the MSPH/RD Program include applicable tuition and fees at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPU), in addition to a clinical training fee of $7,500. For up-to-date information of tuition, fees and financial aid at JHSPH, visit www.jhsph.edu/studentaccts/tuition_and_fees.html.

Other expenses related to clinical component include (approx.):

Off-campus room and board$600 - 1,200/month
Parking and travel$800 - 1,000
Lab coats and safety shoes$100
AND Student Membership$58

Students also will need a personal calculator and medical dictionary, and are expected to provide typed reports and projects. They must be able to communicate with faculty and preceptors via e-mail. Computer access is required.

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