Become a Practicing RD With Public Health Expertise

Earn Your MPH/RD from Top-Ranked UNC

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, the No. 1-ranked public school of public health and No. 2 overall,¹ offers an online Master of Public Health/Registered Dietitian (MPH/RD) program.

This program prepares you to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) exam — a requirement for RDs — and gives you the local and global public health knowledge you need to strengthen your practice. By 2024, a master’s degree will be required to practice as an RD.

No GRE required.

Internship Placement Services

As a student, you will benefit from customized placement support to help you fulfill CDR exam qualification requirements. You will complete:

200 hours

of practicum work

1,000 hours

of a dietetic internship

During your dietetic internship, you will learn how to integrate your clinical and public health skills in a range of settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Local health agencies
  • Governmental organizations
  • Nonprofit groups

The Power of an MPH/RD

Broader Perspective for Greater Impact

With a deeper understanding of the evolving public health factors that affect your clients’ health, you can promote healthy behaviors more effectively and tackle real-world nutrition problems at home or around the world in a variety of ways:


and treat major diseases, like obesity.


underserved populations that lack access to nutrition and health education.


on public health initiatives.

The UNC Gillings Department of Nutrition is the only nutrition department in the United States situated jointly in a school of public health and a school of medicine.

Help Us Create a Healthier World

Complete our brief form to learn more about the ways you can effect change as an RD trained in public health.

¹Best Public Health Schools, U.S. News & World Report (2019)