PhD Curriculum

PhD students interested in Nutrition and Metabolism are part of the Programs in Biomedical Sciences and, as such, follow the Foundations in Biomedical Sciences (FiBS) curriculum during the first year of study. This innovative and interdisciplinary core curriculum provides an integrated perspective on topics such as biochemistry, cell biology, genetics and genomics and molecular biology.

FiBS Core Courses

Nutrition & Metabolism Core Courses

Elective Courses

You will tailor your coursework and research experience to pursue your interests. We encourage you to take full advantage of the myriad of elective graduate course offerings at BU that will provide you with the expertise needed to address nutrition-related research questions.

Our interdisciplinary program is mainly based in the Department of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, but we have faculty from many other departments in the School of Medicine at Boston University.

Research Rotations

Doctoral students are required to rotate through 3 different laboratories/research groups (one of which will be during the fall semester) before choosing a mentor for their dissertation research. Directed study opportunities to pursue research or specialized topics under the guidance of a faculty member are also available.