Program Learning Objectives

Nutrition and metabolism is a field of biomedical science where individuals apply knowledge of basic biology and chemistry to better understand how the body uses energy and nutrients in food, and the impact that this can have on health and disease.

The program’s interdisciplinary curriculum, which includes physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, clinical nutrition research and epidemiology, provides students with a broad knowledge of the biomedical sciences. This knowledge is critical given the rapid pace with which science is currently advancing. In addition to learning essential principles of nutrition and metabolism, students develop the critical thinking skills needed to understand and evaluate biomedical research literature and to participate in carrying it out.


  • Understand key methods for nutrition research at the basic, clinical, and population levels
  • Understand the scientific basis for determining nutrient requirements and the mechanistic connections between nutrient status to health and disease
  • Understand the molecular, cellular, biochemical, physiological, and behavioral mechanisms that influence food intake, nutrient utilization, and energy balance
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate research designs, methods, and results
  • Demonstrate ability to read and synthesize information in the scientific literature
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the latest developments in the field of nutrition and metabolism
  • Demonstrate relevant laboratory, clinical, and research skills needed to contribute to field through collaborative research
  • Demonstrate laboratory-based management skills, including management of research data and materials, and time management
  • Develop effective oral and written presentation skills to convey knowledge of the field of nutrition and metabolism
  • Demonstrate commitment to professional growth through participation in local, regional, or national scientific meetings.