Program Overview

Program Overview

The Nutrition and Metabolism master’s program prepares students for future studies in medicine and dentistry or for future doctoral-level studies. The Master of Science degree also prepares graduates for careers in clinical, epidemiologic, or laboratory-based scientific research.

Nutrition and Metabolism is an interdisciplinary field of study. All students complete core courses in biochemical and molecular nutrition as well as clinical and epidemiologic nutrition research methods.


Key Program Elements


  • Small classes including small group discussions of research papers
  • Focus on critical thinking skills
  • Easy access to faculty
  • Opportunities for diverse research experiences that culminate in a masters thesis


  • Requires 32 credits, including 28 core course credits and 4 research credits
  • Four semesters over one or two years, part-time or full-time.
  • Core courses are designed to provide students with the multidisciplinary knowledge needed to pursue a career in health-related professions and nutrition research
  • Original thesis research experience


Biochemical/Molecular Nutrition Research

Students focusing in biochemical and molecular nutrition investigate the role of basic biological processes as determinants of health and disease. In addition to completing the required interdisciplinary core coursework, the students also complete 12 elective credits based on their areas of interest. These may include:

  • biochemistry
  • cell biology
  • biophysics
  • molecular medicine
  • genetics and genomics
  • neurobiology
  • cancer biology

Human Nutrition Research

Students focusing on human nutrition research study the role of nutrition in human health and disease

using the tools of

clinical, translational and epidemiologic research methods. In addition to completing the interdisciplinary core

coursework, these students also complete elective courses in disciplines such as:

  • epidemiologic methods
  • psychosocial research methods
  • nutritional epidemiology
  • genetic epidemiology
  • biostatistical analysis
  • obesity research methods




For questions regarding the program, feel free to contact us:

Lynn L. Moore, DSc, MPH
Director, Nutrition & Metabolism
Research focus: Human Nutrition
Jude Deeney, PhD
Associate Director, Nutrition & Metabolism
Research focus: Biochemical/Molecular