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Our Goals

To understand and combat the metabolic underpinnings of chronic disease

To produce the next generation of registered dietitians and research scholars

To apply rigorous evidence-based standards to improve interdisciplinary health

To empower Utahns to improve their own health care

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Our department houses an active group of researchers, educators, and trainees dedicated to understanding how maintenance of metabolic health combats the development and progression of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

We maintain active engagement with other programs within University of Utah Health and endeavor to translate new research findings into clinical procedures and community outreach programs that improve quality of life. We welcome you to peruse our website to get a sense of the breadth of our research interests, degree programs, and outreach initiatives.

Dear future applicants to the University of Utah graduation programs in Nutrition and Integrative Physiology (CMP, Master’s Program, and PhD Program),

We are going through an unprecedented crisis with COVID-19.  Many of you have had interruptions to your daily life. We are aware and sensitive to these changes and hope that you and your families are safe during these difficult times.

Many undergraduate institutions, because of the transition to online learning, are allowing Pass/Fail or Credit/No-Credit grading systems for the Spring of 2020.

To accommodate these changes, anyone enrolled in Spring 2020 for a prerequisite for our programs is not required to earn a letter grade. Applicants will not be penalized for Pass/Fail or Credit/No-Credit marks on their transcripts in any classes taken Spring 2020. The Admissions Committees understand this change and will not hold it against individual applicants.

In turn, we are also closely monitoring the situation when it comes to our other criteria, including observation hours, shadowing experiences, community service, leadership ability, the GRE, etc. We will continue to work with our national and local partners including the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics and the Graduate Records Examination (GRE).

Thank you for your patience during these difficult times. We will post any future changes to our criteria on our website and social media accounts and, as possible, to local academic advisors.


Scott Summers


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Experts Share Rationale for Social Distancing, Other COVID-19 Preventive Practices
Mar 19, 2020

Experts Share Rationale for Social Distancing, Other COVID-19 Preventive Practices

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A pair of University of Utah Health researchers involved in efforts to suppress COVID-19 participated in a live call-in show on the Salt Lake City public radio station that focused on what scientists are learning about the coronavirus.... Read More

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Nutrition & Integrative Physiology

250 South 1850 East
HPER North, Room 214
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

(801) 581-6730