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You may have heard of the popular series of books that started with Eat this, Not That. In general, they compare various aspects of foods in the same category, e.g., the fat content of salads at different restaurants or the number of calories in different hamburgers. One goal is to help people lose weight or make healthier food choices.

I don’t know about you, but when I heard about these books, I thought…Who is this David Zinczenko, and why didn’t I think of that why should I listen to him? Well, many people refer to his books because they package the information in a way that is easy to understand and relates to everyday life (i.e., “eating out”), two best practices of health promotion.

If you want to dedicate your career to developing creative resources that help improve people’s food choices or nutrition, you could start with earning a degree in public health nutrition. These programs will teach you how the body uses nutrients and how to develop and implement successful programs or health promotion campaigns. You can also learn how to work as a registered dietician in a variety of settings.

The Association of Schools of Public Health’s database includes undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs like this one:

Copied from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health’s website:

Our Public Health Nutrition (PHN) program is designed to meet the needs of students who want graduate training in health promotion, disease prevention, program development, and nutrition intervention.

Our faculty focuses on a variety of disciplines and the University of Minnesota is internationally known for research in obesity prevention, child and adolescent nutrition, eating disorder prevention, nutrition epidemiology, and nutrition intervention.