The doctoral program in medical nutrition science typically requires approximately 45-60 total credit hours of graduate course work beyond the bachelor's degree. For those enrolling with a master's degree in nutrition, approximately 30 graduate hours (700 to 900 level) generally are required.

Prior course work and the student’s research interests are considered in designing the plan of study. Students in the program must meet the research skills and responsible scholarship requirement of the university, fulfill program course work requirements, and successfully complete a written comprehensive examination to achieve Ph.D. candidacy. The Ph.D. candidate must submit a written dissertation proposal describing an original research project in some aspect of nutrition research, and defend the proposal in a comprehensive oral exam before beginning the dissertation research. The written dissertation and successful oral defense of the dissertation are required to receive the degree.

Curriculum Outline
Students entering the this program with a bachelor's or master's degree in nutrition or other biological sciences must have completed basic core background courses in biochemistry, physiology and nutrition. Course requirements are based on recommendations of the students’ academic advisory committee. See a detailed list of courses

DN 895 Advanced Macronutrients and Integrated Metabolism 3
DN 896 Advanced Micronutrients and Integrated Metabolism 3
DN 900 Techniques in Nutrition Research 3
DN 901 Graduate Seminar in Nutrition 1
DN 990 Doctoral Research 12-14
DN 999 Dissertation 1-6
GSMC 856 Introduction to Research Ethics (or equivalent) 1
BIOS 720 Analysis of Variance 3
BIOS 730 Applied Linear Regression 3
Electives Varies
Recommended courses  
DN 980 Nutrigenomics and Nutrigenetics in Health and Disease 3
BIOS 740 Applied Multivariate Methods 3
CLS 742 Scientific Writing 1

Elective courses required by the student’s research committee are dependent upon the student’s area of research concentration. The total elective hours can vary according to needs.

Last modified: Feb 09, 2015