The department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology offers degree programs that train biomedical scientists, research scholars, and/or clinical dietitians.
We strive to implement active, team-based learning strategies in all of our programs to transition students to a mode of learning ideally suited for lifelong careers as leaders in health care.
PhD in Nutrition & Integrated Physiology
Our department launched its inaugural PhD program in August of 2016. The rigorous program trains research scientists and academic scholars on the fundamentals of translational bioscience, enabling them to take research findings from bench-to-bedside.
The degree, which can be include an emphasis in either (a) Nutrition or (b) Integrative Physiology, takes four to five years to complete and culminates with the development of a written thesis and oral dissertation defense.
Coordinated Master’s Degree in Nutrition
Our Coordinated Master's Program (CMP) prepares entry level dietitians that practice in clinical and community nutrition programs to advance the science and practice of dietetics.
Graduates of this program, which is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, have an exceptionally high pass rate on the national exam for registered dieticians.
The program takes two years to complete and offers concentrations in:
- Nutrition, Education, and Research, and
- Sports Nutrition
MS Only, Non-RDN pathway
Our MS Only, Non-RDN pathway in Nutrition Science enrolls students with undergraduate degrees in dietetics, health science, or a related area. The online program provides advanced education in nutritional biochemistry, macro- and micro-nutrient metabolism, and research methods.
The flexibility and accessibility of online classes allows students already working in various health fields to continue to meet their professional commitments while they improve their nutrition knowledge and skills.
The program is designed for students that are bachelor's trained dietitians, but would also be available for graduates of other degree programs with a general interest in the topic area.
Alternative Degree Options
Exceptional students with a clinical focus may also ask about completing the CMP requirements along with their PhD, allowing them to ultimately obtain dual PhD/RD credentials.
Options are also available for students to earn a research-based MS degree with emphasis in either:
- Nutrition or
- Integrated physiology.
Students interested in these alternative paths should contact the department’s Program Manager Sarah Elizabeth Levitt.
Minor in Nutrition
Our program supports students in other degree programs earning a minor in nutrition. The Sorenson Legacy Center for Student Success provides advising on curriculum requirements for this program.