Program Objectives:

           The objectives of the MPH in Nutrition program will be:

  • To produce graduates with theoretical and practical skills that will primarily enable them to play expertise, leadership, and management roles at various levels (local, regional, national and international) in the context of developing countries
  • To produce public health professionals able to plan, design, implement and evaluate nutrition intervention programs
  • To produce graduates able to advise policy makers and shape policies that improve the health of populations by improving their nutrition.
  • To produce specialists trained to deal with nutrition counseling at various levels to bring desired behavior changes
  • To enhance and strengthen the country’s operational research capacity on various nutritional problems
  • To increase and transform the quality of nutrition research undertaken by the academia
  • To strengthen local, regional as well as international collaborations in nutrition training and research
  • To train nutritionists able to teach in public health training programs at various levels
  • To produce nutritionists able to undertake public health research that encourages evidence-based interventions and policy

            Graduate Profiles:

Upon completion of the Program in Public Health Nutrition at Samara University, the graduates should be able to:

  • Incorporate knowledge of the public health and biological, social, and cultural aspects of health and disease in addressing and solving nutrition problems
  • Apply the concepts and principles of public health practice to the development of programs and policies in nutrition
  • Identify the major types of nutrition problems in the country’s contexts and the factors that cause them
  • Apply various methods for the nutritional status assessment of populations, including anthropometric, biochemical, clinical, dietary, and ecological methods. 
  • Organize nutrition assessment data using computer software, interpret the results of analysis of these data, and communicate findings from this analysis in written form
  • Apply the concepts and principles of public health practice to the development of programs in nutrition
  • Develop innovative approaches to solving nutrition problems, plan and evaluate nutrition programs in Ethiopia and serve as consultants
  • Conduct high-quality nutrition-related research
  • Teach nutrition courses in higher learning institutions
  • Work as nutrition specialists and counselors in healthcare teams.

                Admission Requirements:

In addition to the general admission requirements of Samara University,

  • Applicants should have at least a first degree from a known accredited University in Medicine, public health, Nursing, Environmental Health, Occupational Health, Midwifery, Medical Laboratory, Optometry, Anesthesia, Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Health Education, Pharmacy and other health sciences and veterinary Medicine, Biology, Chemistry, Human Nutrition, Food science, sociology, psychology, and anthropology.
  • Preliminary screening shall be based on the following criteria
    • A minimum CGPA of 2.00 from a first-degree or 3.00 from a second degree
    • Sponsorship letter from employer/sponsor for sponsored students or declaration statement for self-sponsored applicants
  • Applicants who pass the preliminary screening will be invited to sit for an entrance written examination that will mostly have general knowledge questions related to biostatistics, epidemiology, reproductive health, nutrition, health systems, environmental health, and health promotion. The distribution of the questions will be as follows.
    • Biostatistics and Epidemiology – 20%
    • Environmental Health-10%
    • Health Systems and Health education – 20%
    • Reproductive Health  – 10%
    • Nutrition – 40%

        Graduate Requirements:

  • Student achievements in any of the courses shall be graded as per the cut-offs stipulated in the Samara University Legislation, 2017.
  • The academic standing of the students shall be determined periodically as per the rules and regulations of the Samara University Legislation, 2017.
  • A graduate student must sustain a minimum CGPA stipulated in the Samara University Legislation, 2017 throughout his/her study period in the program.
  • The respective Department Graduate Council (DGC) shall determine the academic standing of graduate students based on the Samara University Legislation.
  • Students must complete all the required courses, defend their thesis successfully and achieve a CGPA of 3.00 and satisfy all the graduation requirements stipulated in the Samara University Legislation, 2017 to be eligible for graduation.

           Degree Nomenclature:

Up on successful completion of the program, the degree nomenclature will be:

  • In English: The Degree of “Master of Public Health (MPH) in Public Health Nutrition”
  • In Amharic: “የማስትሬት ዲግሪ በህብረተሰብ ጤና አጠባበቅ ህብረተሰብ ጤናና ሥነ ምግብ ዘርፍ”