Ph.D. Degree: Prospective Students


A Welcome from the Directors

    Dear Prospective Student,

    Nutritional scientists apply the tools of physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, as well as epidemiology and social sciences, to questions that are important for understanding the impact of nutrition on human health.

    The doctoral program in Nutrition Sciences provides you with core knowledge of the nutritional sciences and then focuses on training you to conduct original, nutrition-related research. The integrative nature of nutrition science provides a superb background for professional studies in medicine and dentistry, as well as research careers in academia and industry. It also provides a solid foundation for career advancement in clinical and community nutrition research and medical writing. The recent emergence of the nutriceutical industries provides additional opportunities for doctoral level nutrition scientists.

    You can tailor your coursework and research experience to pursue your interests including taking full advantage of the myriad course offerings in the Graduate Medical Sciences division at BU School of Medicine and at the School of Public Health.

    We would be happy to answer any questions that you might have about graduate study in nutritional sciences at the BU School of Medicine. We look forward to talking with you.


    Professor Susan K Fried, Ph.D. & Assoc. Professor Lynn L Moore, D.Sc.
    Directors, Graduate Program in Nutritional & Metabolism