Public Health Nutritionist/Dietitian

Public health nutritionists are registered dieticians who coordinate and implement nutrition policies and programs for the health department. They may be involved with programs such as the special supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the Food and Nutrition Program (FAN) and the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP). Public health nutritionists also design and carry out programs in the general community to promote physical fitness and nutrition.


A local public health nutritionist must possess a baccalaureate degree, with major studies in food and nutrition, from a regionally accredited or New York State-registered college or university, and be registered as a dietician.

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