M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness and M.P.H. Dual Degree

At Benedictine University, students have the option to earn a dual degree in the Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition and Wellness and the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) programs. This dual degree integrates an applied foundation of the science of health promotion with community health processes. Students learn to assess individuals and communities for health problems, services and needs, and develop appropriate solutions. This dual degree is available as an on campus (Lisle, IL) program or a high quality, fully online option.

By combining the foundation requirements of both degrees, this dual degree program meets the learning objectives for both the M.S. and M.P.H. programs. The dual degree student completes

  1. The combined M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness and M.P.H. foundation courses,
  2. The public health capstone, and
  3. One concentration. Students have the opportunity to select from one of the following concentrations:
    • Health Education
    • Nutrition Entrepreneurship
    • or Sports Nutrition

Because of the overlap in curricular requirements, students are able to complete the degree in 96 quarter credits (as compared to 64 quarter credits per degree). Refer to the MS Handbook for details. The M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness program director serves as the advisor of this Dual Degree program.

Students accepted and matched into the Benedictine University accredited Dietetic Internship program may also pursue this dual degree option. This dual degree option requires completion of 104 quarter credits (as compared to 64 quarter credits for the M.S/Dietetic Internship option). Our M.S./M.P.H./Dietetic Internship can be completed in 2 years with careful planning for full-time students. Refer to the MS Handbook for details. The Director of the Dietetic Internship serves as the advisor of the Dual Degree program combined with the accredited Dietetic Internship.


Kristina Davis
Class of 2010

Kristina has watched her career skyrocket since graduating from Benedictine’s dual master’s degree program in Public Health and Nutrition & Wellness. She is at the forefront of solving a growing national problem. As a research specialist, she manages and supports interventions to reduce hospital acquired infections. Saving lives is a side effect she can deal with. Hear her story at: Benedictine University Graduate Stories.


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead"

Need More Information?
Department of Nutrition
Benedictine University

Catherine Arnold, MS, EdD, RD.
Department Chair

Egle Liutkus
Administrative Assistant

Email: eliutkus@ben.edu
Phone: (630) 829-6596

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

By Mail:
Benedictine University
5700 College Road
Kindlon Hall, Room 224
Lisle, IL 60532

Fax: (630) 829-6595