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By earning a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from Penn State, you will distinguish yourself as one of the true leaders in the field of nutrition.

Focusing on leadership, nutrition research, multidisciplinary training, and marked by the integration of resources and expertise across departments and colleges, the Penn State Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences (GPN) strives to address extremely complex and far-reaching issues that include:

Enhancing knowledge of requirements for nutrients necessary for optimal growth and well-being, including the interactions among nutrients, the environment, and disease

Advancing methods for assessing nutrient intake and nutritional status

Determining the impact of food, phytochemical, and nutrient intake, as well as dietary patterns on health promotion and disease prevention

Promoting knowledge of factors affecting food preferences, dietary intake patterns, and health habits, as well as developing various intervention strategies and evaluating their nutritional impact at the individual and population level

Developing techniques and behavioral strategies to guide consumers in selecting health-promoting foods and nutritionally adequate diets

Expanding knowledge of the mechanisms of metabolic regulation in humans and other animals, including cellular, molecular, and physiological aspects

Training the next generation of scientists and clinicians in childhood obesity prevention

The general requirements of this rigorous doctoral program include a candidacy examination, core requirements, courses in your chosen program of studies, a comprehensive examination, the proposal and production of your dissertation, and a final oral examination.  

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As Ph.D. candidate, you will be required to fulfill a minimum of six semesters of full-time study with courses in the field of nutrition and two additional graduate fields. You must pass the Admission to Candidacy examination within six semesters of matriculation and successfully defend your dissertation based on original research.

Your studies will be guided by a Special Committee that will include your research Chair and representatives of two additional graduate fields, plus an appointed representative of the field of nutrition. The committee will provide guidance in your course selections, determine your admission to doctoral candidacy and evaluate your dissertation.

Financial support is available on a competitive basis.

Learn more about admissions, special committee selection, financial support and more on the Graduate Studies homepage .

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As a candidate for the Ph.D. degree, you will concentrate in one of the following areas:

In this concentration, you will have the opportunity to study nutritional issues in communities, including their causes,implications, and solutions.

These issues range from obesity to food insecurity, with the unit of analysis ranging widely from families to neighborhoods to governments. Causes for inadequate nutrition are multiple and complex, resulting from biological, economic, social, cultural,and policy issues. Implications of community nutrition issues include poor health and disease.

The program seeks to influence community issues and behaviors by conducting rigorous community-based research; leading community outreach and engagement initiatives; and teaching and mentoring students.

Our faculty members are interested generally in the following areas:

  • designing, implementing and evaluating nutrition interventions and policies, in particular for limited resource and under-served populations
  • understanding people’s food choices and the contributions of social, cultural, policy, and food systems to those behaviors
  • understanding the distribution and causes of nutritional disparities in populations using tools from epidemiology, social sciences, systems science,and policy analysis

Their research interests  cover a wide range of topics.

Graduate Study: Although the program is based within the Division of Nutritional Science, you may take courses across the university to meet your educational focus. To pursue this concentration, you will need a solid understanding of the biological as well as the social basis of human nutrition and health, along with the ability to apply social science theory and methods to work with groups and populations to address nutrition issues. You will also need substantive experience related to community research and/or engagement.

You will be expected to take courses that recognize the social, psychological, cultural, agricultural, economic, clinical, and public health policy determinants of nutrition and health as well as courses that provide you with expertise in the analytic and conceptual methods to address these issues.

Opportunities After Graduation: Doctoral graduates typically work for universities, government agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and applied research institutions. Students who earn a master’s degree often work for public health, Cooperative Extension, community agencies,and educational institutions.

In this concentration, you will study how variations in individuals’ nutritional status affect their health and functioning. Faculty members are focused primarily on developing safe and effective methods for improving the human condition. In general, they are interested in the following:

  • maternal, infant and child nutrition
  • control of food intake and regulation of body weight,as well as animal models of obesity
  • factors that affect the absorption, metabolism and storage of Vitamin A, as well as the association between Vitamin A deficiency and disease
  • effects of nutritional alterations —for example, iron deficiency folate alterations and PUFAs—on mortality, work capacity,and behavior and cognitive functioning
  • lasting cognitive effects of early exposure to environmental toxins, such as lead and methylmercury, including exposure via breastmilk
  • metabolism, bioavailability and biological effects of Vitamin E, including mechanisms of regulation of Vitamin E status

Our faculty’s research interests  cover a wide range of topics.

Graduate Study : Although the program is based within the Division of Nutritional Science, you may take courses across the university to meet your educational focus. To pursue this concentration, you will need a solid understanding of the biological basis of human biology, nutrition, health and disease,and statistics.

Opportunities After Graduation : Graduates of this program typically work in universities, such government agencies as the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the food and health industries.

In this concentration, you will explore malnutrition and hunger, which are widespread in many developing countries, as well as chronic disease resulting from poor nutrition.

The causes of inadequate nutrition can be complex, encompassing biological, economic, social and political issues. Program faculty members address nutritional problems through research, nutritional education and training; applied nutrition programs in the community, government, and international organizations; and institutional development.

Graduate Study : This concentration is dedicated to training committed professionals whose previous training and international experience provide a solid foundation for benefiting from Cornell's rigorous intellectual environment. Our faculty members have had experiences in many parts of the world, and their expertise covers the spectrum from basic biology to population-based interventions. You may take courses in political, economic, sociological, clinical and public health dimensions of nutrition. You will need a solid foundation in the biological aspects of nutrition and your academic background should include biochemistry, physiology and laboratory methods.

Opportunities: Students graduating from this program work for government ministries and other action agencies such as UNICEF and nongovernmental organizations; agencies that deliver technical assistance such as the U.S. Agency for International Development and the World Health Organization; and applied research institutions and universities. 

In this concentration, you will investigate the basic biological processes in nutrition and nutrition’s roles in health and disease. The concentration integrates a range of disciplines including chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology, genetics, neurobiology, and developmental and reproductive biology. A flexible curriculum will enable you to tailor your academic programs to your academic background, research interests, and career plans.

The research opportunities, using such methodologies as classical biochemistry, transgenics and mass spectrometry, are extensive and diverse:

  • Nutritional biochemistry studies the biochemical, metabolic, physiological and epigenetic functions and properties of nutrients and other dietary constituents. The discipline is used to examine the synergistic relationships among diet, health and disease susceptibility. Students take an integrative curriculum in nutritional biochemistry and may take foundation courses in the basic biological, chemical and physical sciences. Most students complete a minor in biochemistry or molecular biology.
  • Nutrition genomics examines the role of nutrients and dietary components in regulating genome structure, expression and stability, as well as the role of genetic variation on individual nutrient requirements. Research in nutritional genomics relies on genetic technology and models. It includes developing and using transgenic mice, microarray technologies for expression profiling, and human population genetics. Most students complete a minor in genetics.
  • Nutritional metabolomics studies the regulation of metabolic pathways and networks by nutrients and other food components, as well as the establishment of analytical methods that profile human serum and urinary metabolites to assess nutritional imbalances and disease risk. Most students complete a minor in biochemistry or molecular biology.
  • Maternal nutrition/fetal development/epigenetics  looks at the molecular-level relationships between maternal nutrition and fetal development. Research topics include how maternal nutritional status regulates fetal gene expression (metabolic imprinting) and how to identify the consequences of such imprinting throughout the life of the offspring.

Opportunities after Graduation: Graduates of this program typically follow careers in research and academics. They may work in universities, private research institutions, government and private industry. 

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Nutritional Sciences: Doctoral Degree (PhD)

Faculty resources, expertise, and program coursework support three focus areas within the nutritional sciences doctoral program:

  • Molecular and Biochemical Nutrition
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Nutritional Interventions

Applicants should have a strong interest in science and health, an undergraduate degree in some field of basic or applied science, and, at a minimum, should have taken courses in biology, physiology, general and organic chemistry, biochemistry, and calculus. 

Prerequisites for PhD program

  • Calculus* or Statistics* 1 semester
  • Inorganic/general chemistry* 1 semester, lab not required
  • Organic chemistry 1 semester, lab not required
  • Biochemistry 1 semester
  • Human Physiology (1 semester) or Anatomy and Physiology (1 semester of each but must be human)

*AP high school courses are accepted based on AP final exam score

PhD Required Coursework

Doctoral students must complete the online Foundations of Public Health modules that will be available in Winter 2019.   

^Students can take BIOSTAT 601 as alternative

^^Students can take BIOSTAT 650 as alternative

*NUTR 688 is a departmental seminar that spans the first two terms. It is expected that students will attend seminars throughout their doctoral program but do not have to officially register.

**NUTR 869 is a doctoral seminar that students register for until they have passed their Preliminary Exam. Prior to the Preliminary Exam, they will present a formal seminar in this class. It is expected that students will attend seminars throughout their doctoral program but do not have to officially register.

***NUTR 899 – students complete two separate rotations with different faculty for a minimum of 1 credit each rotation.

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PhD applicants apply to our program through the University of Michigan  Rackham Graduate School .

Additional information for international applicants can be found here .

Funding for Doctoral Students

All students admitted to one of our doctoral programs are considered for financial support. There are four types of financial support that we offer our students: Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA), Training Grants and Fellowships.

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)

Graduate Student Instructors are appointed at 50% effort, which involves working approximately 20 hours per week. This appointment includes full payment of tuition, health insurance coverage, registration fees, and a monthly stipend. The duties of a GSI can include preparing materials for labs, teaching labs, holding office hours, grading homework and exams, and tutoring.

Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA)

Graduate Student Research Assistants are appointed at 50% effort, which involves working approximately 20 hours per week on a research project. This appointment includes full payment of tuition, health insurance coverage, registration fees, and a monthly stipend. GSRAs generally work closely with a faculty member who is a principal or co-investigator on the research project. The duties of the GSRA can involve analysis of biomedical research data or statistical research. Currently, GSRAs are working on projects involving statistical methods development and application to bioinformatics, cancer, clinical trials, dentistry, diabetes, environmental health, epidemiology, genetics, health education, kidney disease, and survival analysis.

Training Grants

Some students are supported through involvement in training grants which provide support similar to the GSRA or GSI appointments. Check with your department for specific training grants available.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

Awards for tuition assistance are available and are granted without a work obligation. These awards are generally made on the basis of academic merit, expected contribution to the field, and to students with underrepresented backgrounds. Some examples of awards our students have received include:

  • the Shapiro Award
  • the Rackham Merit Fellowship for Historically Underrepresented Groups
  • the Rackham Non-Traditional Fellowship
  • the Rackham Regents Fellowship
  • the School of Public Health Tuition Assistance Award.

Other award/scholarship opportunities exist for continuing students. They include:

  • the Rackham One-Term Dissertation Grant
  • the Barbour Scholarship
  • the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
  • the Susan Lipshutz Award
  • the Rackham Travel Award

Financial Aid for Doctoral Students

Many of our students are offered funding as GSIs, GSRAs or graduate fellows. If you do not receive such an offer, you may apply for financial aid through the University of Michigan’s Office of Financial Aid . This office requires applicants for any and all types of financial aid to complete the Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA) provided by the American College Testing Center (ACTC) .

A FAFSA will be sent to you directly if you indicate your interest in financial assistance on the admission application form. FAFSAs are available from most high school or college libraries and financial aid officers, as well as from the School of Public Health Office for Student Engagement and Practice. FAFSA is also available at www.fafsa.ed.gov .

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For answers to any questions that you might have, please visit other pages on this website and/or contact:

Carole Durgy, Graduate Program Coordinator: [email protected]

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The doctoral program in Nutritional Sciences offers interdisciplinary training to prepare students to meet the needs for expanding the base of new knowledge in nutritional sciences and to apply this knowledge in public health and clinical health care settings. The PhD program is designed to assist students in gaining an advanced understanding of nutrition and metabolism, and of related biological, biochemical, molecular, and behavioral sciences, in acquiring skills in research methods, and in developing timely and original hypotheses in nutritional sciences. Students first undertake coursework covering the fundamental areas of study and the core knowledge areas. Students then develop their dissertation project, an original research endeavor focused on one primary and another secondary core knowledge area. A general and a final examination are required to complete the degree.

Applicants to the PhD program in Nutritional Sciences may also apply for the  Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD)  to incorporate the coursework and supervised practice necessary to sit for the Registered Dietitian Exam while completing the PhD degree.

Likely Careers

The PhD program prepares students for careers in teaching and research in academia, industry, and government.

Evidence of experience related to the broad areas of nutrition, dietetics, public health, or research.

Application Deadline:   Dec. 1 for Autumn Quarter entry

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Upon satisfactory completion of a PhD in Nutritional Sciences, graduates will be able to:

  • Meet the  competencies  established by the School of Public Health for all MS and PhD students;
  • Apply knowledge of human nutrient requirements and their relationship to metabolic pathways and physiological function to the design of research, teaching, and policy proposals;
  • Select appropriate methods to perform an in depth assessment of the nutritional status of individuals and groups as part of a planning process that takes into consideration the planned outcomes, uses of the assessment and resource limitations;
  • Justify the importance of nutritional sciences in terms of how nutritional factors across the lifespan affect etiology, incidence, and prevalence of major diseases, quality of life, and productivity at work and school in the population;
  • Critically examine the process, rationale and issues related to establishing nutrient requirements and dietary guidance for the population;
  • Apply conceptual models of evidence-based approaches to promoting nutritional health;
  • Construct testable hypotheses, develop appropriate study designs, and conduct research, which will significantly expand knowledge of nutritional sciences;
  • Disseminate research findings through oral presentations and peer reviewed journals;
  • Develop and prepare proposals for procuring research funding; and
  • Develop and provide instruction in a higher education academic setting, demonstrating use of evidence-based pedagogical principals.
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About the PhD in Human Nutrition Program

The doctoral program in Human Nutrition is designed to train professionals to identify, understand and solve, through scientific methods, problems of public health importance in human nutrition. Graduates are expected to assume leadership roles in academia, government, industry and other private sector enterprises.

This is a  STEM designated program . Eligible F-1 visa students can receive an additional 24 months of work authorization, beyond the initial 12 months of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT).

PhD in Human Nutrition Program Highlights

Graduates will be prepared to advance knowledge in human nutrition through research and advocate the application of such knowledge through public health policies and programs.

GLOBAL NETWORK

Research opportunities in the U.S. and around the world

HEALTH EQUITY

Learn what influences food choices, diet quality, and diet-related health outcomes

CHRONIC DISEASE

Study nutrition-related chronic diseases and obesity

STEM DESIGNATED

Eligibility for a 24-month STEM OPT extension

What Can You Do With a Graduate Degree In Human Nutrition?

Human Nutrition graduates enjoy careers in academia, government and nongovernment sectors, and industry. Alumni hold faculty appointments at leading universities and ministries of health on five continents and positions at major global health organization

  • Associate Professor, UC Davis
  • Senior epidemiologist, CDC
  • Nutrition Specialist, The World Bank
  • Evaluation Specialist, Mercy First
  • Scientist, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Director, GWU

Curriculum for the PhD in Human Nutrition

Students develop the professional skills necessary to work effectively in leading roles at academic, research, programmatic and policy-setting institutions.

Browse an overview of the requirements for this PhD program in the JHU  Academic Catalogue , explore all course offerings in the Bloomberg School  Course Directory , and find many more details in the program's  Academic Guides .

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Courses Available in the Following Areas:

  • Micronutrients
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Newborn Health
  • Adolescent health
  • Epidemiology

Admissions Requirements

For general admissions requirements, please visit the  How to Apply  page. This specific program also requires:

Prior Graduate Degree

A minimum of 1 year of postbaccalaureate education or experience such as a master's degree, a dietetic internship, medical training, or other relevant work experience

Prior Work Experience

Not required but highly desirable

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores (GRE) are  optional  for this program. The admissions committee will make no assumptions if a standardized test score is omitted from an application, but will require evidence of quantitative/analytical ability through other application components such as academic transcripts and/or supplemental questions.  Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all application components.

Program Faculty Spotlight

Yeeli Mui

Yeeli Mui, PhD '17, MPH, examines structural interventions to address food system issues and advance health equity through the lens of urban policy and planning.

Mika Matsuzaki

Mika Matsuzaki

Mika Matsuzaki, PhD, MPH, MS, is a life-course epidemiologist studying how policies, built environments, and equity affect nutrition-related chronic diseases and obesity.

Julia Wolfson

Julia Wolfson

Julia Wolfson, PhD '16, MPP, studies individual, structural, and policy factors that influence food choices, diet quality, and diet-related health outcomes.

Parul Christian

Parul Christian

Parul Christian, DrPH '96, MSc, studies how to improve maternal and child nutrition and prevent micronutrient deficiencies with effective solutions in low-income settings.

All full-time PhD students will receive the following support for the first four years of the program either through endowments, grants, or research projects: full tuition, individual health insurance, University Health Services clinic fee, vision insurance, and dental insurance.

Need-Based Relocation Grants Students who  are admitted to PhD programs at JHU  starting in Fall 2023 or beyond can apply to receive a $1500 need-based grant to offset the costs of relocating to be able to attend JHU.   These grants provide funding to a portion of incoming students who, without this money, may otherwise not be able to afford to relocate to JHU for their PhD program. This is not a merit-based grant. Applications will be evaluated solely based on financial need.  View more information about the need-based relocation grants for PhD students .

Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

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Graduate School

Nutritional sciences (ph.d.), nutritional sciences (ph.d.) | graduate.

Our program trains caring and competent dietitians, nutritionists, and health scholars who use evidence-based approaches to promote nutritional well-being and disease prevention among underserved communities, positively affecting health behaviors and reducing health disparities.

The Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences at the Graduate School is designed to prepare students for nutrition-related careers in research, industry, public health, clinical practice, academia, and senior-level health consulting roles. The Ph.D. program emphasizes evidence-based approaches to the promotion of nutritional well-being and disease prevention among underserved communities, both nationally and globally. You may choose from two distinct fields of specialization: community nutrition and experimental nutrition. You will have the opportunity to pursue original research tailored to your chosen program of study. Our graduate faculty is interested in the design, implementation, and evaluation of nutrition interventions and policies at the local and global levels. You will benefit from the close mentorship of graduate faculty notable for its wide-ranging research examining issues such as food systems and food insecurity; the sources of nutritional disparities in communities; the psychological, economic, social, cultural, and health policy determinants of nutrition and health; and the nutritional factors affecting the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. Our graduates make meaningful contributions to the nutrition profession locally, nationally, and internationally. Program graduates go on to work as university faculty, dieticians and nutritionists, private consultants, media professionals, and researchers with private corporations and public agencies at the federal, state, and local levels.

Program Snapshot

      ❱  72 credit hours        ❱  Full-time       ❱  On-campus format       ❱  Degree: Ph.D. 

Application Deadlines

Spring 2024 entry:         ❱  Nov. 1, 2023  (final deadline)

Fall 2024 entry:         ❱  Dec. 1, 2023  (early deadline)       ❱  Feb. 15, 2024  (priority deadline)       ❱  Apr. 15, 2024  (final deadline)

Applicants should submit their applications as early as possible for earlier consideration of departmental funding opportunities. Applicants have until the final deadline to apply. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the admissions cycle. 

Transfer credits accepted (reviewed by program director)

Dr. Oyonumo Ntekim

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  • Degree Classification: Graduate
  • Related Degrees: Ph.D.

Admission Requirements

Application for admission.

  • Online GradCAS application
  • Statement of purpose/ Statement of academic interest ( 500-1,000 words )
  • GRE scores not required
  • Official transcripts sent to GradCAS
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Master’s degree from an accredited university  or the international equivalent
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Autobiographical statement ( 500-750 words )

GRE Required?

Gre preferred minimums.

  • GRE Verbal Reasoning: N/A
  • GRE Quantitative Reasoning: N/A
  • GRE Analytical Writing: N/A

GPA Required Minimums

  • Overall GPA minimum: 3.0
  • Undergrad GPA minimum: 3.0

Prerequisite Courses (Required)

The following course prerequisites are required (Students deemed qualified but not having appropriate recommended training may be admitted provisionally).   No expiration date for recommended prerequisites. Applicants must  receive a grade of at least a B in each course. 

  • Biochemistry (one college-level lecture and lab, 4 semester credit hrs)
  • General Chemistry (two college-level lectures and labs, 8 semester credit hrs)
  • Organic Chemistry (two college-level lectures and one lab, 7-8 semester credit hrs)
  • Nutrition (two college-level lectures, 6 semester credit hrs)

Reference Requirements

Evaluator type accepted:

  • Professor (Required)
  • Supervisor/Manager

Evaluator type not accepted:

  • Family Member

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Program Details

Graduate program: nutritional sciences (phd), admissions information.

Degree Requirements (see the program website for more details)

Bachelor of Science (BS) or master’s degree in life sciences (nutritional sciences, health sciences, physiological sciences) or related field, with 3.0/4.0 minimum GPA.

Prior Coursework* (see UA catalog course descriptions for “equivalent courses”)

  • Organic Chemistry: 4 units of 200-level or higher (3 units lecture, 1 unit lab). Equivalent to CHEM 241 A, B and CHEM 243 A, B
  • Biochemistry: 6 units of 300-level or higher. Equivalent to BIOC 384 and BIOC 385
  • Chemistry lab: >2 units (organic, analytical, biochemistry, or food analysis)
  • Biology/Microbiology: 6 units of 100-level or higher. Equivalent to MCB 170C1 and MCB 181R
  • Physiology: 4-6 units of 200-level or higher. Equivalent to PSIO 201 and PSIO 202, or PSIO 380
  • Nutrition science: 3 units of 400-level. Equivalent to NSC 408

*Note: Applicants admitted with deficiencies will need to make these up without graduate credit during their first year of graduate study. 

Standardized Tests

GRE: Not required; applicants who have GRE scores may submit them with their application documentation.

English Language Proficiency

For applicants whose native language is not English, please refer to both of these websites for current requirements:

  • Graduate College, International Applicants
  • Graduate College, Graduate Assistant/Associate Appointment Requirements
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching assistant (TA) experience helpful but not required
  • Research experience preferred
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Application Procedures

Admissions Cycle

Program inquiries:  [email protected]

Domestic & International Applicants:

  • Fall admission only - deadline is Dec 15 of the preceding year. Example - for fall 2024, application deadline is Dec 15, 2023.
  • No Spring admission

The GRE Test is not reguired. If you have taken the GRE test, you may include your scores with your application. 

Funding support (subject to change & dependent upon yearly budget allocations): Nearly all admitted students receive some funding via Graduate Assistantships/Associateships : Year 1 students are typically TAs (teaching assistants/associates) for 20 hours/week; year 2 students are typically TAs for 10 hours/week and RAs (research assistants/associates supported by faculty advisor/mentor) for 10 hours/week. Years 3, 4, & 5 PhD students are usually supported at 20 hours/week by their faculty advisor and focus on their research. Students accepted into the program and who accept their Notice of Appointment are typically eligible for these benefits: If a nonresident, a tuition reduction to the equivalent of base in‐state graduate tuition; 100% payment toward remaining base graduate tuition dependent on the tuition amount associated with the term of contract—note that mandatory registration fees and course fees are not covered (refer to the Costs & Fees website for tuition and mandatory registration fee details); payment of the individual student health premium (refer to the Campus Health website ); and 10% ASUA Bookstore discount on select items. See also GA benefits of appointment .

International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.

The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

NRC Taxon(a) for this program: Nutrition

Additional Information About this Program

View Nutritional Sciences (PHD) in the University's Main Catalog.

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  • All application, admit, and enrollment data are from Fall 2022.
  • Average Time to Degree calculates how long graduates in the last 5 years (2018-2022) took to complete their degrees, counting back to the first semester entering their program.
  • Underrepresented Minorities (URM) includes domestic students of ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education: African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Message from the director.

A welcome message from Sabrina Diano, PhD, Director, Institute of Human Nutrition.

IHN alumni are advancing nutrition around the world through work in the health care industry, clinical research, medical education, and more.

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Local initiatives.

IHN is a proud supporter of local organizations and activities here in Washington Heights and the surrounding communities.

PhD in Nutritional and Metabolic Biology

The Nutritional and Metabolic Biology (NMB) PhD training program prepares students to work at the frontiers of biomedical research in nutritional and metabolic sciences, exploring the role of nutrition in maintaining optimal human health.  The objective of the training program is to prepare individuals who will conduct original basic science research, teach in medical schools and universities, and hold positions of leadership in community and international nutrition.

Housed within the Institute of Human Nutrition (IHN) at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), this inter-disciplinary and multi-departmental training program is highly structured and comprises both coursework and basic research. The NMB program is one of the few pre-doctoral training programs in nutrition in the United States that is located within a medical school and is unique among the other PhD programs at CUMC with an equal number of MDs and PhDs as faculty mentors (including ten MD/PhDs). The location of the NMB training program in a medical school offers trainees a wide array of research opportunities in laboratories headed by established senior scientists as well as NIH-funded younger independent investigators, all focused on the role of nutrition and metabolism in health and disease.

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For information on NMB faculty, please visit the Faculty page on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) site .

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PhD in Nutrition

Advance your career in this fast-growing field with a nutrition doctorate program..

Go deep in one area of nutrition, such as how economic and other factors affect food access. Develop your research, teaching, and management skills. And make a meaningful impact on solving nutrition-related health problems with UMass Amherst’s PhD in nutrition.

You’ll apply our pioneering use of multimodality methods in your research, from digital storytelling to participatory action research.

PhD in nutrition course requirements (46 credits):

  • Seven advanced core courses (21 credits)
  • One public health course (3 credits)
  • One nutrition elective or independent study course (3 credits)
  • Three graduate seminars (3 credits)
  • PhD dissertation (18-credits) 

Students may elect to pursue a minor in other areas (e.g., biostatistics or epidemiology), and 12 credits are required for claiming a minor.

Note: Introductory Biostatistics (BIOSTATS 540) may be part of the 24 credits in the major concentration or the 12 credits in minor concentration for BIOS. Principles of Epidemiology (EPI 630) may serve the same purpose for the major concentration and the minor concentration for EPI.

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Support for Your Education

Doctoral students have priority in teaching positions and tend to support themselves with these offerings during the first three years. Faculty assist students in applying for federal or foundation funding to support independent research projects. Currently, all UMass doctoral students are funded.

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CEPH Accreditation

Every program in the nutrition department, like every other department within the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, is fully accredited by the  Council of Education for Public Health , a key benefit of attending UMass.

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Research Centers and Institutes

You’ll find a wealth of opportunities in our two primary research centers. The Institute for Global Health promotes healthy living in developing nations. The Center for Research and Education in Women's Health seeks to better understand health factors that affect women from birth through old age.

Featured class

This course provides the molecular basis on how dietary factors regulate the pathogenic progression of chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, and other nutrition-associated metabolic disorders.

Featured faculty

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Focus on obesity, brown adipocytes, adipose inflammation, dietary polyphenols, epigenetics.

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Megan Patton-Lopez

Focus on community nutrition, implementation science, child and adolescent health, healthy eating and active living, health equity.

Megan Patton-Lopez

Focus on nutritional epidemiology; multiomics (e.g., genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics) data; neurodegeneration; cancer epidemiology; the gut microbiome

Chaoran Ma

Application information & deadlines

Prospective students apply through the UMass Graduate School .

Spring Application Deadline

October 1, 2023.

Applications for spring admission are due by Oct. 1.

Fall Application Deadline

February 1, 2024.

Applications for fall admission are due by Feb. 1.

Offering an interdisciplinary approach to the study and application of the relationship between diet, foods, and health. 

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Nutritional sciences, phd.

for the Doctor of Philosophy in Nutritional Sciences

The Division of Nutritional Sciences is the interdisciplinary program for graduate education in nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. More than 60 faculty, representing 15 different departments in seven colleges on the Urbana and Chicago campuses, are members of the Division. The Division is a comprehensive program of study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, alone or in combination with either the M.D. or M.P.H. degrees or the registration in dietetics (R.D.). Flexible graduate programs of study enable students to individualize their coursework and professional training. In addition, extensive research opportunities are available that address the spectrum from research at the level of the genome and proteome to clinical and population-based intervention studies. Specialties are classified into six broad theme areas in which our faculty and students are most active (see Research Interests ). These themes best reflect the areas of nutrition research for which the Division is recognized both nationally and internationally.

Admission Applicants are expected to have an admission grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0) for the last two years of coursework and basic courses in chemistry, biology and mathematics. Deficiencies in these subjects must be removed during the first year of graduate study. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Applicants whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550, 213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the iBT TOEFL. Admission in the fall, spring or summer will be considered.

Internship in Dietetics Students in the Division of Nutritional Sciences can participate in an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) accredited graduate dietetic internship program administered through the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. The program includes defined graduate course requirements and a six-month dietetic clinical internship. In order to be eligible for the graduate internship program, students must complete all undergraduate course competencies required by the AND for the Registration in Dietetics (R.D.). Students are accepted into the internship by computer matching through the standard dietetic internship application process. More information on the graduate dietetic internship program can be obtained from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (260 Bevier Hall; (217)-244-4498 ) or online .

Graduate Teaching Experience Although teaching is not a general Graduate College requirement, experience in teaching is considered an important part of the graduate experience in this program.

Faculty Research Interests The Division is composed of faculty whose research interests cover many disciplines within nutrition. Descriptions of faculty research interests and a listing of recent publications are available at the Division website. Six broad theme areas are:

  • Animal Nutrition
  • Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition
  • Community Nutrition, Nutrition Education and Consumer Acceptance
  • Dietary Bioactive Components
  • Food Safety and Toxicology
  • Human and Clinical Nutrition

Facilities and Resources The Division office is located in room 240 Edward R. Madigan Laboratory. Office and research laboratory facilities utilized by graduate students in Nutritional Sciences are administered by the home department of the student's adviser.

Financial Aid Financial assistance is available in the form of assistantships, scholarships and fellowships. Applicants seeking fall admission and expecting to be considered for financial assistance should file their applications before the preceding December 15th. Later applications may be considered, depending on the space and support available.

In addition to maintaining a 3.0 average in formal coursework, Ph.D. students are required to take a qualifying examination, an oral preliminary examination and a final thesis examination. There is no foreign language requirement, but students whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate competence in English.

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's  Graduate Programs information  and the  Graduate College Handbook .  

Other Requirements

  • Doctoral students in the Division of Nutritional Sciences will integrate scientific reasoning and advanced knowledge of the principles of nutritional sciences to effectively explain key concepts of nutrition and metabolism and discuss a broad range of nutritional sciences issues.
  • Doctoral students in the Division of Nutritional Sciences will develop expert level knowledge and training in a signature interdisciplinary research area that will equip them to identify and solve the complex issues facing the highly interdisciplinary field of nutritional sciences.
  • Doctoral students in the Division of Nutritional Sciences will be able to analyze and interpret data from research and scientific literature and apply experimental results to improve health and well-being at the local, national and international levels.
  • Doctoral students in the Division of Nutritional Sciences will develop an understanding of professional and scientific ethics and the impact of nutritional sciences research methods and outcomes in a societal and global context.
  • Doctoral students in the Division of Nutritional Sciences will develop outstanding oral and written communication skills to facilitate effective dissemination of scientific knowledge or interdisciplinary research findings to technical and non-technical audiences. 
  • Doctoral students in the Division of Nutritional Sciences will combine interdisciplinary research with robust professional development and leadership training, distinguishing themselves from other students with a nutritional sciences degree and facilitating a highly successful transition to a career as a leader in academia, industry or policy.

Graduate Degree Programs in Nutritional Sciences

  • Nutritional Science, MS
  • Nutritional Science, PhD
  • Nutritional Science, PhD and Master of Public Health, MPH

Nutritional Science Director of the Division and Graduate Studies: Elvira de Mejia Correspondance & Admissions Information: Ashley Negangard Nutritional Science website 240 Edward R Madigan Laboratory, 1201 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 333-4177 Nutritional Science email

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Nutrition Science PhD

School of public health and health professions, program description.

Designed for students with previous master's level education in nutrition, the PhD in Nutrition Science provides a combination of didactic learning and research experience. This program emphasizes foundational courses in biochemistry, physiology, and nutrition as well as a variety of opportunities for conducting high-quality research in both laboratory and clinical settings. Program faculty study a wide range of topics, using a combination of animal and human models to answer both applied and mechanistic questions. This program will prepare students to excel in research and to become leaders in academia, industry and government.

Kristen Braunscheidel 206 Kimball Tower Buffalo, NY 14214 Email:  [email protected] Phone: 716-829-5713

Instruction Method

  • In Person   (100 percent of courses offered in person)

Full/Part Time Options

Credits required, time-to-degree, application fee, special requirements.

Applicants to the PhD program are expected to have an MS degree in nutrition or a related field from an accredited college or university.

This program is officially registered with the New York State Education Department (SED).

Online programs/courses may require students to come to campus on occasion. Time-to-degree and number of credit hours may vary based on full/part time status, degree, track and/or certification option chosen. Time-to-degree is based on calendar year(s). Contact the department for details.

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Nutrition Science Graduate Program

Department of Nutrition Science

Nutrition and health research integrates information from many disciplines. Biochemistry, physiology, psychology, food science, genetics and cell biology are at the heart of our understanding of nutrition and its application.

The Nutrition Science Graduate Program curriculum incorporates the Interdepartmental Nutrition Program (INP) concentration, providing interdisciplinary training for students interested in nutrition science. Faculty from several departments provide a wide range of expertise and training opportunities. The program is governed by  four committees  that oversee program operations, admissions and courses.

Interested students should apply to the nutrition science graduate program. Once admitted, students train under a Nutrition Science faculty mentor and learn a variety of approaches to address important nutrition issues. When applying to the graduate program, prospective students should indicate their preferred area of training by selecting one of the following training groups:

  • Biochemical and molecular nutrition
  • Human and clinical nutrition
  • Animal health, growth and development
  • Population nutrition and health promotion

Program Highlights

  • The nutrition science program offers an integrated approach, inviting collaboration with faculty from a variety of departments at Purdue, including Animal Sciences, Basic Medical Sciences, Food Science, Forestry and Natural Resources, Health and Kinesiology, Nutrition Science, Psychological Sciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Comparative Pathobiology as well as the Indiana University School of Medicine and Purdue University Fort Wayne.
  • The mentor-based program allows students to work directly with one of the graduate faculty mentors in biochemical and molecular nutrition, human and clinical nutrition, animal science and growth/development or population nutrition and health promotion.
  • Graduate students have the opportunity to learn fundamental scientific knowledge of human nutrition in health, behavior and chronic diseases; use cutting-edge technology and data analyses to address questions relevant to human nutrition and health improvement; improve critical-thinking ability and communication skills to become leaders in the field; and more.

Potential Careers

  • Food industry
  • University faculty
  • Food and nutrition policy
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Clinical nutrition researcher
  • Nutritional consultant in companies
  • Government agencies and non-profit institutes (USDA, NIH etc)

Plan of Study

Interdisciplinary programs.

As a student in the nutrition science graduate program, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your graduate degree through the following programs.

Dual Degree PhD/MS/MA + MPH

This is an ideal track for graduate students who are interested in pursuing a nutrition science graduate degree and a Master of Public Health simultaneously. Your plan of study must accommodate completion of both degrees.

Dual Title PhD in Nutrition and Gerontology

This dual-title PhD links an established discipline-based program of study with an interdisciplinary perspective on aging. This degree uniquely prepares you to pursue a wide range of careers in higher education and/or research on aging.

Program Quick Facts

Degree Type : Master’s, Doctoral

Program Length : 2-4 years

Location : West Lafayette, IN

Department/School : Department of Nutrition Science

Research Areas/Training Groups

Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition

Students and faculty in this training group are interested in examining the mechanisms controlling nutrient or phytochemical metabolism or defining diet-disease relationships. These researchers depend upon the basic sciences of cell biology, molecular biology, physiology and biochemistry. This work provides the foundation for future, more applied studies that lead to improved dietary practices or the use of nutrition in the treatment of disease.

Nutrition Science Faculty

  • Kimberly Buhman
  • Jay Burgess
  • Tzu-Wen Cross
  • Greg Henderson
  • Dorothy Teegarden
  • Patricia Wolf

Affiliated Faculty

  • Kolapo Ajuwon, Animal Sciences
  • Paul Brown, Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Chad Carroll, Health and Kinesiology
  • Theresa Casey, Animal Sciences
  • Robert Considine, Indiana University Medical Center, Integrative Physiology
  • Bruce Hamaker, Food Science
  • Kee Hong Kim, Food Science
  • Kimberly Kinzig, Psychological Sciences
  • Shihuan Kuang, Animal Sciences
  • Sophie Lelièvre, Basic Medical Sciences
  • Stephen Lindemann, Food Science
  • James Markworth, Animal Sciences
  • Lavanya Reddivari, Food Science
  • Torbert Rocheford, Agronomy

Human and Clinical Nutrition

Students and faculty in this training group conduct translational research that extends beyond the more basic research to examine the mechanisms controlling nutrient or phytochemical metabolism, define diet-disease relationships and understand the basis for food selection. They utilize human subjects and animal models and depend upon knowledge of physiology and biochemistry. This work is often directly applicable in clinical practice or in public health.

  • Annabel Biruete
  • Wayne Campbell
  • Brandon Kistler
  • Laura Murray-Kolb
  • Richard Mattes
  • Anita Panjwani
  • Cordelia Running
  • Dennis Savaiano
  • Andrew Flachs, Anthropology
  • Nilupa Gunaratna, Public Health
  • Kameron Moding, Human Development & Family Studies
  • Terry Powley, Psychological Sciences
  • Domenick Zero, Indiana University School of Dentistry

Animal Health, Growth and Development

Students and faculty in this training group examine the role of nutrition in fostering optimal growth and development of production animals and improving the health of production and companion animals. These researchers utilize animals in their studies and depend upon knowledge of physiology and biochemistry. This work is often directly applicable to the field or in clinical veterinary practice.

  • Olayiwola Adeola, Animal Sciences
  • Nolie Parnell, Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Population Nutrition and Health Promotion

Students and faculty in this training group examine nutrition in the context of human populations and communities. These researchers integrate knowledge of nutrition, epidemiology, social science and prevention in their work. This training area includes developing nutrition interventions and educational programs, investigating new approaches to measure and characterize nutrition exposures and engaging community partners to improve food behavior and health.

  • Heather Eicher-Miller
  • Barbara Almanza, Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Jorge Banda, Public Health
  • Erik Otarola-Castillo, Anthropology
  • Amanda Veile, Anthropology

Research Facilities

  • Bindley Bioscience Center
  • Purdue Center for Cancer Research
  • Purdue Genomic Core facility
  • Bioinformatics Core
  • Purdue Clinical Research Center

Admissions/Requirements

The major emphasis in our graduate programs is on research conducted under the supervision of a program faculty member. In selecting your major professor, you will want to ensure alignment of research interests.

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Qing Jiang | Program Director

For questions regarding the nutrition science graduate program, please contact Professor Qing Jiang at [email protected] .

School of Public Health

PhD in Nutrition

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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in nutrition prepares you for a career in academia, governmental agencies, research institutes, nonprofit organizations, and private industry. The program is designed to provide an advanced curriculum in nutrition, professional skills, and competencies required to support careers in teaching and research.

Program Director -  Sujatha Rajaram

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The GRE is not required for applicants who meet the admissions criteria. If an applicant does not meet the minimum GPA requirements, the GRE is required in order for the application to be considered. For prospective students who wish to strengthen their application, GRE scores can be submitted as an option, but it is not required. GRE scores must have been attained within the last five years.

A legacy of over 50 years in plant-based nutrition research

The Loma Linda University School of Public Health has a rich history of plant-based nutrition research. We engage in interdisciplinary research across public health disciplines and the Basic Sciences. This collaborative way of working is how we continue to promote and build on our core legacy of vegetarian and plant-based nutrition. Some key studies include:

  • Nutritional epidemiology studies relating plant based diet patterns to health outcomes and longevity ( the Adventist health Study )
  • Several clinical trials with plant foods ( nuts and soy) intervention and health outcomes
  • Vegetarian nutrition education research
  • Environmental impact of plant based diets compared to animal inclusive diets.

Areas of curricular strength and research emphasis include: 

  • Plant-based diets and the health of the individual
  • Populations and the plane
  • Nutritional epidemiology
  • Diet and chronic disease risk reduction 
  • Community nutrition

Leading the conversation on plant-based nutrition

Guided by its Nutrition faculty, the School of Public Health hosts the International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition (ICVN), the premiere scientific conference on the health effects of plant-based diets held every 5 years. The conference is designed to provide a review of the accumulated findings, and introduce theoretical concepts, practical applications, and implications of vegetarian dietary practices for both the prevention of disease and the promotion of health, as well as for the furthering of research endeavors. The theme for the 7th ICVN was Plant-foods for the health of people, populations and the planet.

The 7th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition

In February 2018, we hosted the 7th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition, on the campus of Loma Linda University. Since 1987, the congress has been held only every 5 years and is the premier scientific conference on the health effects of plant-based diets. It brings together international scientists, physicians, nutritionists, dietitians, and other health professionals to showcase the latest advances from basic science, epidemiology, and clinical trials in vegetarian nutrition. Proceedings for the 7th ICVN are underway.

Visit the 7th ICVN website .

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Request more information, prerequisites & learning outcomes, who should consider this program.

Those who may benefit from the program include individuals seeking careers in:

  • Academia (teaching and research)
  • Researcher in private industry, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, research institutes
  • Public health nutritionist
  • Leadership role in academia and public health sector

Prerequisites

  • Master's degree in nutrition preferred; or an M.S. or M.P.H. degree with completion of all prerequisite courses; or a health professional degree at the master's level or higher (M.D. or equivalent)
  • Applicants with a master’s degree in another field may indicate their relevant training, research and/or practice experience, or educational background comparable to the M.P.H. or the M.S. degrees. Dr.P.H. and Ph.D. degree applicants who are admitted without a CEPH-accredited M.P.H. degree will be required to take PHCJ 606 Public Health Fundamentals, EPDM 509 Principles of Epidemiology, STAT 521 Biostatistics I or AHRM 514 Biostatistics  (that covers SPSS and R, SAS), or equivalent courses to fulfill the public health fundamental learning outcomes described in section D.1 of the 2016 CEPH criteria. 
  • Advanced biochemistry (may be taken concurrently with the program)
  • Anatomy and physiology, microbiology, general chemistry and organic chemistry
  • G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher preferred

Learner Outcomes

Upon graduation from the Ph.D. in Nutrition program, the graduates should be able to:

  • Evaluate advanced knowledge in nutritional science and explain the biological mechanism underlying the relationship between nutrients, foods, and diet pattern and health.
  • Critically evaluate the evidence base and advocate for the role of plant-based diets in promoting health of the individual, population groups, and the planet.
  • Apply analytical and fundamental concepts in nutritional epidemiology.
  • Conduct a research study that addresses a nutrition problem, collect/abstract, analyze, and interpret the data and report findings.
  • Effectively communicate nutritional science, orally and in writing, to the scientific community and the public, to advance the field and to promote public health.
  • Use best-practice modalities in pedagogy to deliver educational experiences in an academic setting.
  • Apply the principles of scientific and professional ethics in research, teaching, and practice.

Educational Effectiveness Indicators

  • Assessment from required courses
  • Comprehensive examination
  • Dissertation proposal defense (qualifying examination)
  • Dissertation manuscript: submission of two manuscripts from the dissertation to peer-reviewed journals. One manuscript published in peer-reviewed journal (from dissertation or non-dissertation).
  • Oral defense of dissertation
  • Teaching assistant
  • Presentation at a scientific conference

Program Requirements

Culminating experience.

As a part of the culminating experience, the student must have one publication in peer-reviewed journal (co-authorship or review article acceptable), submit two manuscripts from their dissertation research to peer reviewed journals, successfully defends dissertation, and submits a committee approved dissertation manuscript. Further details provided in the SPH Doctoral Handbook.

Corequisites

NUTR 504: Nutritional Metabolism

STAT 509: General Statistics

STAT 548 or STAT 549: Analytical Applications of SPSS or Analytical Applications of SAS

NUTR 517: Advanced Nutrition I: CHO, Lipids

NUTR 518: Advanced Nutrition II: Proteins, Vitamins, Minerals​

Required Courses

Micronutient metabolism course or equivalent, macronutient metabolism course or equivalent, nutr 504 nutritional metabolism 3, stat 548 analytical applications of sas and r 2, or stat 549 analytical applications of spss, stat 521 biostatistics i 3-4 or ahrm 514 biostatistics, public health core, epdm 509 principles of epidemiology 3, phcj 606 public health fundamentals 4, phcj 608a doctoral seminar for public health 1, phcj 608b doctoral seminar for public health 1, phcj 608c doctoral seminar for public health 1, phcj 614 pedagogy: the art and science of teaching 2, phcj 615 intermediate biostatistics 3, phcj 618 transformative communication 2, nutrition core, nutr 617 preventive nutrition i: carbohydrates and lipids 2, nutr 618 preventive nutrition ii: protein, vitamins andminerals 2, nutr 619 preventive nutrition iii: phytochemicals 3, nutr 620 advanced topics in nutrition 6, nutr 664 vegetarian nutrition: person, population, planet 3, phcj 624a scientist forum 1, phcj 624b scientist forum 1, phcj 624c scientist forum 1, rele 525 ethics for scientists, relr 5__ graduate-level relational (relr 540 recommended) 3, relt 5__ graduate-level theological 3, electives 6, research core, nutr 634 concepts of nutritional epidemiology 3, nutr 639 research methods in nutrition 2, nutr 685 preliminary research experience 2, nutr 698 dissertation 12, stat 568 data analysis 3, total units - 73, meet your program director, sujatha rajaram, phd.

Program director

Sujatha Rajaram, PhD

Food Science and Human Nutrition Ph.D. in Food Science and Nutrition

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Considering a Ph.D. in Food Science and Nutrition?

We offer you the ability to specialize in either food science or nutrition.

  • Our food science specialization will provide you with educational and research opportunities in food systems, microbiology, and food chemistry.
  • Our nutrition specialization will provide you with educational and research opportunities in molecular, clinical, and community nutrition.

Food Science Specialization

Our doctorate in food science focuses on food microbiology, food preservation and safety, and health properties of foods and food components.

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Nutrition Specialization

Our doctorate in nutrition focuses on the relationship between nutrition and health, and the communication of nutrition principles to the public.

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Nutrition (NUT)

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The Department of Nutrition seeks to improve human health by conducting research on enhancing nutrition. The department strives to accomplish this goal through research aimed at improved understanding of how diet influences health, the dissemination of new knowledge about nutrition to health professionals and the public, the development and evaluation of nutritional strategies, and the education of researchers and practitioners.

What are the Areas of Specialization within this Field of Study?

  • Nutritional Epidemiology: this area provides rigorous training in the biological aspects of nutrition, epidemiology, biostatistics and select related disciplines.  The overall objective is to enable students to investigate relationships between diet and disease.
  • Public Health Nutrition: this area focuses on combining principles and practices from nutrition and social and behavioral science to develop, implement and evaluate programs and policies that promote optimal nutrition and population health and well-being. Students will be skilled in quantitative and qualitative methods, program development and evaluation, health disparities, health behavior change and health policy.

What research competencies and skills will students develop?

  • Acquire detailed knowledge regarding the biological basis of nutrition and the mechanisms by which diet can influence health. This includes a basic understanding of metabolism, physiology, and molecular genetics;
  • Develop quantitative skills required for the evaluation of diet and disease relationships in epidemiologic studies;
  • Attain skills in developing research proposals for the study of diet and disease. This requires the integration of knowledge about human nutrition with epidemiologic concepts;
  • To develop skills in the oral and written communication of scientific information.
  • Nutrition science and principles
  • Translation of science into practice
  • Analytic skills and research methods
  • Policy and leadership
  • Cultural competency

Who are the faculty in the department associated with this Field of Study?

Information on the faculty in the Department of Nutrition.

Who is the departmental contact from whom more information about doctoral training in this Field of Study may be sought?

Stefanie Dean, Nutrition, Academic and Educational Project Coordinator, tel: 617-432-1528

What are the required courses for this Field of Study?

Required courses for the Nutrition Field of Study

More information on the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Are Lima Beans Good For Low Carb Diet? A Review By Nutrition Professionals

Posted: January 2, 2024 | Last updated: January 2, 2024

Expert opinion from Madison Deakin

Bachelor's degree, nutrition and food science · 3 years of experience · australia.

If someone who following a low carb diet and wanted to include lima beans, it would be quite difficult as lima beans are quite high in carbohydrates. Lima beans can be included in a low carb diet but it would make the diet further restrictive because it would limit other sources of carbohydrates

Expert opinion from Hannah Purtle

Bachelor of nutrition and dietetics · 1 years of experience · australia.

Lima beans are a source of carbohydrates. Depending on the low carbohydrate diet you may be able to include lima beans in small amounts. On average 100 grams of lima beans contains approximately 20 grams of carbohydrate.

Expert opinion from Livia Dickson Chen

Phd in nutrition · 11 years of experience · brazil.

Lime beans, like other legumes, offer an excellent source of protein that can be included in a low-carb diet. In the low-carb diet, preference is displayed to a greater intake of proteins and good fats.

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