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 graduate programs in Nutrition and Metabolism provide the core knowledge of the field with a focus on conducting 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. There are two degree options in Nutrition and Metabolism:

MS in Nutrition and Metabolism

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Metabolism program requires:

  • 32 credits (28 course credits and 4 research credits)
  • 12 month minimum duration (including 2 summer term). In general, 1.5-2 years may be advisable
  • Defended research thesis

PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism

The PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism is a part of the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences:

  • 64-credits if entering with bachelor’s degree and 32 credits if entering with a master’s degree
  • 5 year average duration
  • Defended research dissertation