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Nutrition & Integrative Physiology

Admission Mission Statement

The Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology is committed to training clinical and research leaders in dietetics, nutrition, and metabolism investigations. Our programs impart knowledge in a culture that fosters teamwork, professionalism, and compassion, producing exceptional graduates who are prepared to improve the lives of all members of our society. To achieve these aims, we admit individuals from a broad variety of backgrounds and experiences who display academic excellence, community service, and leadership potential. NUIP evaluates applicants on a wide range of criteria, including academic performance, personal statements, life experiences, and extracurricular activities. Using this holistic admissions process, we strive to recruit a diverse class of students and create a dynamic learning environment that prepares graduates to serve all sectors of our communities.

Learn more about our department's efforts in creating a diverse and inclusive climate. 

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Graduate Programs

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Doctor of Philosophy

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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 1st 11:59PM | Mountain Time

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Thunder Jalili, PhD

Director of Graduate Studies

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Coordinated Master's Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

The Coordinated Master’s Program (CMP) develops entry level registered dietitian nutritionists who are prepared to practice clinical and community nutrition and advance the science and practice of dietetics in the fields of:

  1. Nutrition Education and Research 
  2. Sports Nutrition.

The program take two years to complete and will prepare graduates of all tracks and concentrations to progress to leadership roles in nutrition and 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 dietitians.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 15th 11:59PM | Mountain Time

Admission Information

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Jean Zancanella, MS, RD

Coordinated Master's Program (CMP) Advisor

Nutrition & Integrative Physiology

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.

MS Degree Online with an Emphasis in Nutrition

MS Degree with an Emphasis in Physiology

MS Degree with an Emphasis in Nutrition

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 1st 11:59PM | Mountain Time

Admission Information

Contact us with Master's Only inquires

Katherine A. Beals, PhD, RD, FACSM, CSSD

Director of Online Master's Program

Thunder Jalili, PhD

Director of Graduate Studies, MS-On Campus Programs

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Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP)


The Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology offers an Individual Supervised Practice Pathway for doctoral degree holders to fulfill supervised practice hours in an ACEND accredited program. How to Apply

Individuals who are interested in the ISPP pathway should contact Kristine Jordan, PhD, RD at or (801) 585-3218. 

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Kary Woodruff, PhD, RD, CSSD

Director of Coordinated Master's Program

Undergraduate Program

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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. Please contact Elirissa Hui for more information on the Nutrition Minor.

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Elirissa Hui

Academic Advisor, Nutrition Minor

Thunder Jalili, PhD

Director of Undergraduate Studies


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