Department of Nutrition

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Graduate Program

Nutrition is the systematic study of the science of nutrition from the cellular level to the application of nutrition principles in policy development, application, and evaluation.

Graduate study in the field of nutrition allows students to attain depth in nutrition science and provides electives to build strength in nutrition and related fields. Advanced courses typically include research methodology, statistics or biostatistics, biochemistry, and physiology. Those with a concentration in Public Health Nutrition/Community Nutrition emphasize public health and social/behavioral sciences and education, and these students complete concurrent and block field experiences during their graduate study.  Students with a concentration in Cellular and Molecular Nutrition emphasize cellular and molecular sciences and experimental approaches. Prerequisites for entry into the graduate program in Nutrition are described in the 2019-2020 Graduate Handbook.

The graduate nutrition program prepares students to become professionals that serve the public as teachers, health professionals, policy makers, and researchers. Nutrition professionals need to have a strong background in chemistry, biology, and other natural sciences. Those nutrition professionals in public health nutrition/community nutrition also must have a fundamental knowledge of public health, social and behavioral sciences, and educational philosophy and practice. The curricula in nutrition qualify graduates for teaching and/or research positions in colleges, universities, government, and industry. Other graduates serve as nutrition professionals and consultants in national, state, and local public health agencies; governmental health agencies; community organizations; health care delivery systems; nonprofit agencies; and corporations.

The Department Core Values:
The Department:

    • supports the continuous quest for academic achievement through teaching, research, and service through collaboration among diverse faculty, staff, students, communities, families and youth.
    • believes in the development of tomorrow’s leaders, who are culturally competent, represent an array of diverse populations, and are capable of working collaboratively with underrepresented groups, upon entering the workforce.
    • believes that the classroom is a safe environment, which welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and promotes ideas and discourse around issues of diversity in which all ideas are respected, met with open-minds, and are void of preconceived notions.
    • is committed to fostering professionals who are dedicated to the elimination of health disparities through identifying quality preventive and treatment services and improving underrepresented populations’ access to enhanced education through student and faculty led research using University, community, and government resources for the benefit of the scientific community and as a means of positively affecting healthcare that will benefit society.

MS Programs

The Department of Nutrition offers a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition with concentrations in Public Health Nutrition and Cellular and Molecular Nutrition. Both of these degrees require graduate coursework in Nutrition Science. The Public Health Nutrition concentration includes a cognate area in Public Health, while the Cellular and Molecular Nutrition concentration does not have a specified cognate area. Cellular and Molecular Nutrition students must choose a cognate area of interest in cooperation with their academic advisors. Some examples of Cellular and Molecular Nutrition cognates include Biochemistry, Cell, and Molecular Biology; and Comparative and Experimental Medicine. Additionally, a dual MS-MPH degree is available, in which the concentration for the MS degree is Public Health Nutrition. The departmental application is required for all students seeking admission to the MS degree in the Department of Nutrition. An additional separate application for the MPH program is required for students seeking admission to the dual MS-MPH degree.

Click HERE for MS minor information.

Click HERE for more information about the Cellular Molecular Nutrition MS Program.

Click HERE for more information about the Public Health-Nutrition MS Program.

Doctoral Program

The Department of Nutrition offers a doctoral degree in Nutritional Sciences. Students seeking this degree may emphasize specialization in Cellular and Molecular Nutrition or Community Nutrition. The departmental application is required for all students seeking admission to the PhD degree in the Department of Nutrition.

Click HERE for more information on PhD program.

Dietetic Internship

Graduate student applicants who have completed Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements through a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) are also eligible to apply for the Dietetic Internship.  Those who are interested in completing a Dietetic Internship and who have not completed DPD requirements may be able to take undergraduate coursework in the Department of Nutrition to become eligible to apply to a Dietetic Internship. For more information see the Undergraduate Program.

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