Curriculum

CurriculumStudents who are enrolled in the PhD in Nutrition Sciences program complete coursework through a planned, structured, yet flexible program of study that is tailored to meet your needs. Being in an environment that fosters novel learning and use of cutting edge technology, your learning experience will facilitate both scholarly proficiency and in-depth understanding about nutrition sciences. Our coordinated and interdisciplinary courses will help you transcend boundaries and allow you to succeed in professional and academic arenas.

Curriculum

The PhD in Nutrition Sciences program provides training and research experiences in basic and translational nutrition science. Students learn the science of nutrition as it relates to maintaining the health of individuals and populations, as well as the biochemical basis and application of nutrition to promote health and prevent disease.

Possible areas of study are:

  • experimental design
  • nutritional biochemistry
  • energy requirements
  • body composition
  • geriatric nutrition
  • community nutrition
  • disease prevention

 

Program Timeline

Most students complete the PhD in Nutrition Sciences program within 4 to 5 years of full-time study. The following is a general overview of the program timeline:

Years 1 and 2: Complete core and elective coursework, as well as non-dissertation research hours.

  • End of Year 1: Identify research mentor
  • End of Year 2*: Produce first research publication

Year 3: Candidacy examination occurs.

Years 4 and 5: Committed to dissertation research. Including completion of original research project, writing of related publications, and dissertation defense.

*Students without a thesis masters degree will complete their thesis requirements during Year 2.

 

Core Completion Requirements

The following is an overview of the PhD in Nutrition Sciences' Core Course Requirements, listed in chronological order:

Fall (Year 1)

NTR 621: Applied Statistics to Nutrition Sciences I (3 credits)*

NTR 690: Seminar (2 credits)*

NTR 733: Laboratory Instruments and Methods in Nutrition Research (1 credit)

NTR 788: Advanced Nutrition Seminar (1 credit)

GRD 717: Principles of Scientific Integrity (not a core course but is required) (3 credits)

Spring (Year 1)

NTR 637: Applied Research in Nutrition Sciences (3 credits)*

NTR 733: Laboratory Instruments and Methods in Nutrition Research (1 credit)

NTR 747: Molecular Biology and Nutrition Sciences (3 credits)

NTR 788: Advanced Nutrition Seminar (1 credit)

Summer (Year 1)

NTR 718: Nutritional Biochemistry (6 credits)*

Fall (Year 2)

NTR 623: Applied Statistics to Nutrition Sciences II (3 credits)*

NTR 736: Scientific Methods (3 credits)*

NTR 788: Advanced Nutrition Seminar (1 credit)

Spring (Year 2)

NTR 779: Obesity in the 21st Century (3 credits)*

NTR 788: Advanced Nutrition Seminar (1 credit)**

*Denotes courses offered online only

**NTR 788 will be taken one additional semester, for a total of 5 semesters.

 

Approved Electives

The following is an overview of the approved electives for students in the PhD in Nutrition Sciences program. Other electives may be approved by the PhD Program Director or Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Nutrition Sciences.

Fall Elective Offerings:

NTR 604: Principles and Practice of Nutrition Support (3 credits)*

NTR 609: Applied Nutrition for Physical Activity and Disease Prevention (3 credits)*

NTR 632: Nutrition Counseling and Education (4 credits)*

NTR 778: Enhanced Research Production Through Intensive Writing (2 credits)

Spring Elective Offerings:

NTR 701: Advanced Medical Nutrition (3 credits)*

NTR 769: Race, Nutrition & Health [even years] (3 credits)*

NTR 631: Community Interventions for Healthy Lifestyles (3 credits)*

NTR 666: Nutrition, Mindfulness, and Wellness (3 credits)

Summer Elective Offerings:

NTR 750: Body Composition and Energy Metabolism [even years] (3 credits)

NTR 722: Recent Advances in Nutrition and Cancer Research (3 credits)*

NTR 745: Origins of Cancer: Microenvironment (1 credit)*

NTR 755: Teaching Practicum in Nutrition Sciences (3 credits)

*Denotes courses offered online only