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Community Nutrition PhD Program

Doctoral study in the Community Nutrition concentration prepares the student for research, teaching, and/or advanced-level practice in institutions of higher education, government, or the public and private sectors.


Credit Hours Required

A minimum of 72 graduate credit hours beyond the Bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 48 graduate credit hours beyond the Master’s. If courses below were not taken at the Master’s level, they must be taken at the Doctorate level. If the courses below were taken at the Master’s level, other courses will be required to satisfy the credit hour requirements. See the department website and graduate handbook for more details.

Required Courses

  • Required Courses (21 credit hours)
  • Statistics (STAT) (6 credit hours), or other appropriate statistics courses offered by other departments as identified by faculty advisor and approved by the Departmental Director of Graduate Studies
  • Additional Courses at the Graduate Level to make up for any credit hour deficiencies (up to 18 credit hours) as identified by faculty advisor and approved by the Departmental Director of Graduate Studies; this may not apply to students who have completed a Master’s degree prior to beginning the Doctorate program.
  • NUTR 600 (24 credit hours)

Additional Course Requirements

  • A minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate coursework beyond the Master’s degree is required.
    • A minimum of 12 of these 24 credit hours must be graded A-F.
  • Exceptionally well-prepared students with demonstrated superior achievement may enter upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, in which case a minimum of 48 credit hours of graduate coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree is required.
  • A minimum of 30 of these 48 credit hours must be graded A-F.

Non-Course Requirements

  • Completion of an independent research project is required.
  • An open proposal hearing is required prior to beginning the research project.
  • An oral comprehensive examination is required upon completion of the dissertation.