Master of Arts in NFS and Public Health

Wayne State's Master of Arts in Nutrition and Food Science and Public Health educates students about food in every stage of its existence and how it impacts people's health through disease prevention, health promotion and clinical intervention.

Nutrition and Food Science

While nutrition and food science both concern food and how people interact with it, beyond that, the subjects typically differ. Nutrition, both as an area of study and as a profession, is person-centric. It focuses on people's relationships with food and how it impacts health both positively and negatively. In some programs, this topic could also touch on the impact food availability has on different types of communities. Food science, on the other hand, looks at what food is made of and how it's produced, distributed and kept safe. This could include an array of more specific concentration areas, such as food safety, packaging or beverage science. (

About the program

Wayne State's Master of Arts in Nutrition and Food Science/Master of Public Health (MA/MPH) is a joint degree program offered by the Department of Nutrition and Food Science (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) and Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences (School of Medicine).

Students must meet the admission and graduation requirements of both programs and enroll concurrently in the two programs during most of the period in which they are earning the degrees. If they complete the requirements for only one degree, one degree will be awarded.


See nutrition and food science graduate admissions for more information.

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