Our top-ranked department is unlike any other in the nation. Because we are positioned within a school of public health and a school of medicine, we can provide students with a broader range of faculty expertise and instruction and greater opportunities for critical, ground-breaking and innovative research. The work of our faculty members and students makes a real difference in people's lives. Our goal is to advance nutritional solutions to problems in public health and educate the next generation of leaders in nutrition. The department offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and postdoctoral degree programs, as well as training to support certification as a registered dietitian (RD).
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This program prepares graduates for leadership in nutrition research, teaching, and service. Students conduct original research, culminating in a dissertation that expands the boundaries of nutrition knowledge, theory, and/or methodology. Doctoral students study the broad spectrum of areas that comprise nutrition (basic nutrition science, nutrition epidemiology, and nutrition policy), plus receive in-depth training in a single area or specialization. Faculty interests address a range of topics related to the role of nutrition in disease prevention and healthy development. Research and teaching interests in the Department reflect the role of nutrition across the lifecycle, basic nutrition science and metabolism, international nutrition, nutritional determinants of disease, impact of nutrition interventions and policies, and the promotion of health and prevention of nutrition-related chronic diseases throughout life.Prospective PhD applicants: Read this open letter to prospective PhD candidates from Dr. Melinda Beck