Our PhD in Nutritional Sciences emphasizes research and application of research ranging
from basic molecular and cellular sciences to clinical and community applications.
Students enter our program with either a bachelor’s degree in nutrition or a master’s degree in nutrition or a closely related
discipline. Graduates are prepared for careers in higher education, industry, healthcare and
The program focuses on research and students gain extensive experience in their areas
of choice. All students take a core set of classes, including macronutrients and micronutrients
in human nutrition, research methods, statistics for experimenters, emerging topics
in nutrition and grant writing.
Beyond core classes, students work with faculty advisors to develop individual plans
of study to meet their goals. The program offers specializations in bioinformatics,
community/public health nutrition, molecular biology, statistics and more. All students
participate in research and complete 15 to 40 dissertation hours.
Students entering with a master’s degree must complete 60 hours of coursework. For
those with a bachelor’s degree, 80 hours are required, and students earn the master’s
degree after successfully completing 30 credit hours.
Research and Faculty
All graduate faculty possess a PhD and/or Registered Dietitian credentials and integrate
personal experiences and research into the curriculum. The department’s robust research
portfolio includes the role of micronutrients in cancer, diet effects on the microbiome,
international nutrition, metabolic risk indicators, nutrition and fitness for military
and first-responders and obesity prevention programs and policy.
The PhD program requires the following courses for admission:
Biochemistry (undergraduate or graduate level)
Physiology (undergraduate or graduate level)
Graduate level nutrition (six credits)
Graduate statistics (three credits)
If the master’s degree is in a subject area other than nutrition, 30 hours undergraduate
or graduate courses related to nutritional sciences are required. Conditional acceptance
will be considered for those who do not meet these requirements.