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About the Program

The doctorate in clinical nutrition at the University of Kansas is designed for students currently working in the field of nutrition and dietetics with a registered dietitian credential. This unique program will provide professionals advanced knowledge of clinical nutrition necessary for today's complex, interdisciplinary health care environment.

Applicants are required to possess current professional RDN licensure and have completed a master's degree.

Students in the program will enhance their skills in the areas of communication, medical nutrition therapy, management and leadership, as well as expand their interprofessional and research experience.

Evidence-based practice requires outcomes research to determine best practices, and advanced-level practitioners need strong research skills to develop and direct appropriate and valuable research projects. Faculty in this program conduct human nutrition research and are well-equipped to mentor students through the research process.

Courses in this program are offered fully online. Only a single visit to campus for orientation is required. View the program curriculum.

Our Faculty and Location

The program faculty are located at the health sciences campus of the University of Kansas, a major comprehensive research and training institution serving as a center for learning, scholarship and creative endeavor. The University of Kansas Medical Center shares a campus with its partner in academic medicine, The University of Kansas Health System.

After Completing the Degree

Graduates will be prepared for leadership roles in clinical nutrition or higher education settings through cutting-edge coursework and the completion of outcomes-based research projects. Educators, employers and practitioners recognize the competitive advantage that an advanced degree offers to elevate graduates as experts in the field. Additional benefits include higher earning potential and opportunities for current and future advanced employment positions.

As a post-professional program, KU's doctoral degree in clinical nutrition does not provide eligibility for professional licensing for employment. This degree is not required for licensure, and students enter this program having already obtained credentialing for health care practice.


Swarna Mandali portraitContact Swarna Mandali, Ph.D., RDN, CSSD, program director, at

School of Health Professions

Dietetics and Nutrition
KU Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 4013
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-5355 • 711 TTY