Department of Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program
Master of Arts & Doctor of Philosophy
The graduate program has biochemical, molecular-biological, and clinical components and includes study in the following areas: molecular and cellular aspects of nutrient function; molecular and cellular approaches to the study of nutrition and disease; nutritional biochemistry; behavioral and child nutrition; nutrient requirements and intakes and health assessment; nutrition and cancer, obesity, aging, and immunity; and nutrition education.
The master’s degree program is designed to prepare individuals for teaching in community colleges; administration in public health programs; technical positions at food, pharmaceutical, and chemical laboratories; and, for those who are registered dietitians, advanced practitioner and teaching positions in clinical dietetics. Students may also apply to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, which provides courses and experience that will meet the requirements for registration eligibility of the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association.
The doctoral degree program is designed to prepare students for research, teaching, and administrative positions in colleges, universities, government, and industry. Competence in related fields is emphasized, and supporting work is selected from areas such as biochemistry, biology, molecular biology, computer sciences, genetics, communication, geriatrics, immunology, physiology, kinesiology, psychology, or health promotion.