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Why KU

Program Highlights

  • KU's medical nutrition program is unique, with Ph.D.-trained faculty actively engaged in research at the region's premier academic health center.
  • Few U.S. academic institutions offer doctoral training in medical nutrition science. KU has access to both academic physician scientists and a large, diverse, urban, free-living clinical population.
  • Faculty in the program have developed extramurally funded research programs capable of supporting doctoral trainees.
  • Maternal/fetal and child health, diabetes and obesity, public health and integrative medicine are among the many grant-funded research endeavors in which a faculty member from this program serves as the principal investigator or co-investigator. The majority of these programs are clinical and translational in nature, but some employ animal or cell models to answer questions necessary to begin human research. See faculty research
  • A strength of the program is the significant amount of collaboration on interdisciplinary projects with scientists outside of the department.
  • Faculty in the program are affiliated with numerous research centers at KU Medical Center. Formal research collaborations exist with the KU Cancer Center, the Hoglund Biomedical Imaging Center, Kidney Institute, Liver Center and many others.

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Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is often available to students in the doctorate program in medical nutrition science. The opportunities below also benefit students by providing  hands-on experience and the chance to develop skills while also forming important relationships with students, faculty and other professionals.

Graduate Assistantships
Graduate assistant positions are offered on a competitive basis. Graduate research assistantships are provided for by individual faculty members to students with interest compatible with the faculty’s research field. Students are provided a stipend for conducting research and working toward their degree. Graduate teaching assist positions are also offered by the department, also on a competitive basis. The GTA provides a stipend to students for assisting in teaching courses within the department.

Students with a 0.50 FTE appointment to a GRA or GTA position are eligible for assistance with benefits such as health insurance. For more information about GRA and GTA positions, visit the Office of Graduate Studies.

Assistantships may be available at other times during the year. Please contact the program for more information.

Travel Awards
Students in the program are encouraged to attend and present research at professional conferences and meetings as a means to network and learn more about their field of interest.  The department may have some funds to assist students with travel expenses.  Some other potential funding sources are listed below.

The Office of Graduate Studies offers a Graduate Student Professional Development Award that can be used to attend regional or national scientific meetings and conferences.  For more information, visit their web page at:

The Student Governing Council also offers awards that can be used for travel expenses.


The KU Medical Center is centrally located in Kansas City, Kan., a vibrant area rich in culture, history and hospitality. The region's excellence in health care, research and biosciences is known nationally. The fact that Kansas City is a great place to live is less well known. Metropolitan Kansas City covers four counties straddling the Kansas-Missouri state line in the heart of the Central Plains of the United States. It is a large city with the feel of a smaller community.

The area offers a large variety of fun activities for all ages. Favorites include a weekend visit to the historic City Market, catching a performance at the newly built Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a trip to the Kansas City Zoo, or experiencing the many exhibits at historic Union Station and Science City. Crown Center and the Country Club Plaza are known as regional shopping destinations. The city is host to several professional sports teams, including the Kansas City Royals baseball and Kansas City Chiefs football, as well as Sporting Kansas City soccer and racing at Sprint International Speedway. In addition, the food scene and night life is robust — from the famous Kansas City-style barbecue to the city's jazz roots in the 18th and Vine District, plus Final Fridays at the Crossroads District, Westport's pubs and night clubs, and much more.

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Last modified: Feb 07, 2020

Students may enter this program during the fall or spring semester.

Application deadlines:

  • Fall semester entry: February 1
  • Spring semester entry: September 1

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Opportunities are available for graduate assistantships, faculty research, travel awards, etc. Learn more.