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From: eri (
Subject:         mph/rd or not?
Date: March 8, 2007 at 11:20 am PST

i am considering going back to school for an mph, either in public health nutrition(mph/rd option) or epidemiology. i need to know if there really is a serious shortage of rd's and where i would find that info. i have heard it a time or two, but only found a few articles to back it up. perhaps i am looking in the wrong places. also, where do rd's typically work, besides places like hospitals and ed treatment centers?

the reason i'm asking is this...i do not want to spend 3.5 years(and take out more loans) if i will not be able to find a job once i am done. it is very hard to find unbiased info about this...obviously the schools want you to enroll, but some are not honest about your prospects and what you will be dealing with in the end. in an earlier post to mary(public health or dietician?) you stated that a progressive rd would most likely be creating their own job. can you shed some light on why that is the case?

in that same post you also said that non-clinical work for either profession is limited. can you elaborate on this as well? i guess it depends on what you consider clinical and what area of ph one works in, b/c all the epi's i know are researchers. so most rd's would need a ph.d to research, is that what you're saying? i have a bit more to say, but i'm about to put it in another post.

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