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Program Overview

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 abilities 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.

Graduates will be prepared for leadership roles in clinical nutrition or higher education settings through cutting-edge course work and 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.

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

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The program faculty are located at the KU Medical Center campus of the University of Kansas, a major comprehensive research and training institution serving as a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor. Together with campus partner, The University of Kansas Health System, it is the region's top academic health center.

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.

Last modified: Oct 13, 2020

Learn about KU's Doctor of Clinical Nutrition

Program Overview

Eligibility and Requirements

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Tuition and Fees

Degree Requirements

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Debra Sullivan, Ph.D., RD
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