Graduate Programs

Ph.D. in Nutrition

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition with specialization in Nutrition includes work in advanced nutrition science, supporting basic and applied sciences and the communication of nutrition principles in the community. Ultimately this area focuses on the relationship between nutrition and health.

Core Courses (13 credits) Credits
FSHN 550 Advanced Nutritional Sciences I 3
FSHN 551 Advanced Nutritional Sciences II 3
FSHN 600 Responsible Conduct of Research 1
FSHN 640 Selected Topics in Nutritional Epidemiology 2
FSHN 692 Graduate Seminar 2
Select one course from the following:
FSHN 650A Recent Developments in Human Nutrition; Micronutrients 2
FSHN 650B Recent Developments in Human Nutrition; Macronutrients 2
FSHN 650C Recent Developments in Human Nutrition: Genomic, Proteomics and Metabolomics 2
Statistic Courses (6-8 credits)
Select two course from the following:
EDRM 600 Introduction to Research Methods 3
EDRM 606 Principles: Quantitative Data Analysis 3
EDRM 704 Qualitative Research 3
EDRM 705 Qualitative Data Analysis 3
PSY 652 Methods of Research in Psychology I 4
PSY 653 Methods of Research in Psychology II 4
STAT 511A Design and Data Analysis for Researchers I: R Software 4
STAT 511B Design and Data Analysis for Researchers I: SAS Software 4
STAT 512 Design and Data Analysis for Researchers II 4
Elective Courses (11-13 credits)
Select a minimum of 11 credits not taken elsewhere in the program in consultation with the graduate committee
BC 401 Comprehensive Biochemistry I 3
BC 403 Comprehensive Biochemistry II 3
BC 465 Molecular Regulation of Cell Function 3
BC 517 Metabolism 3
BC 565 Molecular Regulation of Cell Function 4
BC 663 Gene Expression 2
BIOM 526/ECE 526 Biological Physics 3
BMS 430 Endocrinology 3
BMS 500 Mammalian Physiology I 4
BMS 501 Mammalian Physiology II 4
BMS 505/NB 505 Neuronal Circuits, Systems and Behavior 3
BMS 610A Managing a Career in Science: Survival Skills for Coursework 1
BMS 631 Mechanisms of Hormone Action 2
BMS 632 Metabolic Endocrinology 2
BZ 455 Human Heredity and Birth Defects 3
EDRM 600 Introduction to Research Methods 3
EDRM 606 Principles: Quantitative Data Analysis 3
EDRM 704 Qualitative Research 3
EDRM 705 Qualitative Data Analysis 3
ERHS 542 Biostatistical Methods for Qualitative Data 3
ERHS 544/STAT 544 Biostatistical Methods for Quantitative Data 3
ERHS 567 Cell and Molecular Toxicology Techniques 3
ERHS 611 Cancer Genetics 2
FSHN 445/HDFS 445 Early Childhood Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
FSHN 496A-I Group Study in Dietetics & Nutrition (multiple courses) 1x
FSHN 500 Food Systems, Nutrition and Food Security 2
FSHN 520 Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy 3
FSHN 525 Nutrition Education Theories and Practice 2
FSHN 540 Nutrigenomics and Advanced Lipid Metabolism 3
FSHN 620 Community Nutrition Planning and Evaluation 3
FSHN 628 Advanced Nutrition Counseling Techniques 2
FSHN 630/HES 630 Integrative Exercise and Nutrition 3
FSHN 650A Recent Developments in Human Nutrition; Micronutrients 2
FSHN 650B Recent Developments in Human Nutrition; Macronutrients 2
FSHN 650C Recent Developments in Human Nutrition; Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics 2
FSHN 660 Women's Issues Throughout the Life Cycle 3
FSHN 661 International Nutrition 2
FSHN 686A Practicum: Counseling 1-3
FSHN 686B Practicum: Nutrition 1-3
FSHN 695B Independent Study: Nutrition 1-3
FSHN 700 Cellular Nutrition 2
FSHN 750 Nutritional Basis of Chronic Disease 2
FSHN 792 Research Seminar 1
FSHN 795 Independent Study 1-4
FTEC 570 Food Product Development 2
FTEC 578/HORT 578 Bioactives and Probiotics for Health 3
GRAD 792 Seminar on College Teaching 2
HDFS 608 Program Planning and Implementation 3
HES 603 Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology 3
HES 610 Exercise Bioenergetics 3
JTC 614 Public Communication Campaigns 3
JTC 630 Health Communications 3
JTC 661 Information Design 3
JTC 662 Communicating Science and Technology 3
MIP 540 Biosafety in Research Laboratories 2
MIP 555 Principles and Mechanisms of Disease 3
MIP 612 Applied Immunology 3
MIP 614 Medical Microbiology 3
PSY 652 Methods of Research in Psychology I 4
PSY 653 Methods of Research in Psychology II 4
STAT 511A Design and Data Analysis for Researchers I: R Software 4
STAT 511B Design and Data Analysis for Researchers I: SAS Software 4
STAT 512 Design and Data Analysis for Researchers II 4
Research/Thesis Credits
FSHN 799 Dissertation 10
Master’s Degree Credit 30
Minimum credits required 72
Minimum credits required with a masters in same field of study 42

Most students entering this Ph.D. program will bring in 30 credits from a Master’s program in a related field. The above curriculum represents a total of 42 credits beyond the Master’s level. If a prospective student has less than 30 credits toward the program, an individualized curriculum plan will be developed by working with a primary advisor to cover possible deficiencies.