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 the scientific basis for nutrient requirements  
  • Demonstrate ability to assess relevant scientific literature and synthesize existing knowledge in nutrition and metabolism with new research information. 
  • Understand the molecular, cellular, biochemical, physiological and behavioral mechanisms that influence nutrient utilization, food intake and energy balance 
  • Understand the mechanistic connections of nutrient status to health and disease 
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate your knowledge of the field of nutrition and metabolism through effective presentation and writing skills