About our program

The Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition (GPHN) at OHSU has two principal areas of curricular focus: human nutrition and dietetics, and food systems and society.  GPHN graduates come from diverse backgrounds but share an interest in improving outcomes for individuals and society.  

Nutrition and Dietetics 
There are three options for study in nutrition and dietetics at OHSU. Students in these programs build a foundation to provide innovative, evidence-based, nutrition care and dietetics services that promote and enhance health and wellness for all people. Graduates are efficient and effective communicators who use far-reaching, social networking mediums, and individual and group counseling to disseminate information about nutrition to clients, colleagues, and the global community.  Learn more here:  

Food Systems and Society 
Our Master’s program in Food Systems and Society focuses on the societal factors that enable and constrain the development of equitable food systems. Students draw on interdisciplinary social sciences to examine concepts, perspectives, and strategies for identifying causes and remedies to social problems in the food system. Graduates are well-positioned to work in the policy arena, lead nonprofit organizations, serve as researchers and writers, create innovative enterprises, or enhance their existing professional practice with complementary knowledge and skills. Learn more here:  

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2022 OAND Awardees
Whitney Ellersick, Class of 2006, and Megan McNairn, Class of 2023

Congratulations to Whitney Ellersick, an OHSU Alumna, for receiving the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year award, and Megan McNairn, a current OHSU MSDI student, for receiving the Outstanding Student Award from the Oregon Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics! Whitney was one of the first graduates of the OHSU MSDI program in 2006 and is currently the Senior Director for Nutrition Services at Portland Public Schools. Megan joined OHSU in 2021 after graduate Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. 

Faculty Award

Congratulations to Julie McGuire, MS, RDN, for receiving the 2022 OHSU School of Medicine's Excellence in Teaching Award!