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Nutritional Sciences PhD Program


Study in Nutritional Science at the doctoral level leads to the Doctor of Philosophy degree and is completed in one of either two concentrations: Cellular and Molecular Nutrition (CMN) or Community Nutrition (CN).

Progression through the Doctoral Program includes:

  • Completion of required course work.
  • Evaluation of core knowledge achieved through a comprehensive examination of required coursework that allows the student to integrate knowledge across courses.
  • Completion, presentation and approval of a written dissertation proposal. The proposal is a 2-part written document that includes: 1) detailed literature review as a foundation for the study; and 2) grant proposal written in an agency-specific format agreed upon the student’s graduate committee.
  • Conducting an original research project and conveying the organization, procedure, findings, and implications of the research in a written dissertation. The dissertation itself is a 2-part written document that includes: 1) detailed literature review as a foundation for the study and which is an updated version of that submitted for the dissertation proposal; and 2) at least 1 manuscript expected for submission, submitted, in press, or published.
  • Completion, presentation and approval of the dissertation through an oral examination.

For more information on the available concentration areas-

Cellular and Molecular Nutrition Concentration

Community Nutrition Concentration