Graduate Study

Doctor of Philosophy

PhD student presenting work.

A Doctor of Philosophy in Nutritional Sciences prepares you to conduct independent research in diverse areas of nutrition science, and apply this knowledge in public health, clinical health care settings, and research in experimental, clinical and public health nutrition.

Students gain an advanced understanding of nutrition and metabolism and related biological and behavioral sciences, and investigate the relationships between diet and disease, acquiring skills in research methods.

Note: We are only accepting applications to our PhD program from students currently enrolled in our master’s programs. Suspending admissions to outside applicants allows us the opportunity to review and revise our curriculum and improve student opportunities. We anticipate relaunching the program in 2025 for enrollment in autumn 2026.

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.