PhD Overview

The doctoral program in Nutritional Sciences offers interdisciplinary training to prepare graduates to expand 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 you in:

• Gaining an advanced understanding of nutrition and metabolism, and related biological, biochemical, molecular, and behavioral sciences
• Investigating the relationships between diet and disease
• Acquiring skills in research methods
• Developing timely and original hypotheses in nutritional sciences

Additionally, the program seeks to meet the substantial state, regional and national need for doctorally prepared faculty in schools or departments of nutrition and the health sciences and for leadership positions in agencies in which PhD-level nutrition researchers study the relationships between nutrition and health.

Please note that in autumn 2020 and 2021, we are only accepting applications for our doctoral program from students who are currently enrolled in our master’s programs. The suspension of admission to outside applicants gives us the opportunity to review and revise our curriculum and improve student opportunities.