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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. 

Diversity and Inclusion

Nutrition & Integrative Physiology PHD

Application Deadline


December 1st

International and domestic 


Send inquiry to the Director of Graduate Studies, Thunder Jalili BY NOVEMBER 15th


  1. The first and most essential step in obtaining entry into the NUIP doctoral program is identifying a faculty mentor. Students must ask prospective mentors for a letter of support that expresses a willingness to support the candidate’s research and stipend.
  2. Completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nutrition, physiology, or a related field in the health sciences (e.g. biology, chemistry, etc.) and a strong interest in research, teaching, and service in the discipline.
  3. Completed all the required prerequisites
  4. Finally, once support is obtained, candidates must be admitted by the Graduate School and the Department of Nutrition & Integrative Physiology. 

How to Apply

NUIP PhD program has a rolling admission process and will accept applications at any time for either Fall or Spring semester entry. To be guaranteed admission for the Fall semester, however, prospective students should submit a complete application prior to December 1st. Note, the application requires the inclusion of a letter from a prospective research mentor willing to supervise and support the student’s thesis research.

Applications are submitted using the Graduate School FutureU portal:


The Department of Nutrition & Integrative Physiology may provide a code to waive the application fee for those applicants who provide us with a letter of support from an identified mentor. Upload the letter to the "Additional Materials" section in the FutureU portal and send a copy of the letter of support to to receive the waiver code.



Obtain a letter from NUIP faculty mentor expressing a willingness to support the candidate's research and stipend. Once letter is collected, uploaded in the "Additional Materials" section of the FutureU portal. If your application is missing this letter of support, your application will not be reviewed. 


Ensure all professional memberships, professional publications and conference paper presentations, internship experiences, and civic/volunteer activities are included on your CV


(less than 1000 words) about research experience, interests, and long-term career goals.



  • Official Institution letterhead
  • Handwritten signature 

Add recommendation providers at the beginning of your application process, to provide an ample amount of time for submission. Each online recommender is given an access code that is valid for 180 days. LoR(s) are due by the application deadline, December 1st.


List all required and recommended courses completed prior to the beginning of the program. Also, enter prerequisite equivalency with any additional details, and the specific prerequisite course requirement this fulfills. 

Equivalent courses from accredited institutions are accepted. To confirm course equivalency, contact Thunder Jalili, Nutrition & Integrative Physiology Director of Graduate Studies, at for a transcript review. 


Test of Spoken English (TSE), is required only for those whose native language is not English. Test dates must fall within two years of submitting your application and paying your application fee to be valid. The Admission Office cannot use expired test scores to evaluate the English proficiency requirement.

  • TOEFL: 80 or higher
  • IELTS: 6.5 or higher

Enter your scores in the "Test Scores" application section. Your scores are verified by international admission when they receive the official scores

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam - arrange for your most recent scores to be sent electronically to the University of Utah (School code: 4853). Department code is not necessary. The TOEFL score is preferred but we also accept the IELTS test scores. IELTS scores must be sent to your testing center to the University of Utah, Admission Office electronically.

Find out more on how applicants can demonstrate English proficiency


A copy from each Institution attended must be uploaded in the "Academic History" section of the FutureU portal. All transcripts submitted with your application are considered unofficial and are used for initial admissions evaluation only. If you are admitted to the University of Utah, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the end of your first semester of enrollment. Students will not be permitted to continue their enrollment until all official transcripts are received by the Office of Admissions. 

  •    Admission Office (801) 581-8761 
  •    University of Utah Admissions Office, 201 S. 1460 E. RM 250-S, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9057

The non-refundable graduate application fee is $55 for domestic applicants and $65 for international applicants. The application fee must be paid in order to consider your application complete.

Applications are submitted using the Graduate School FutureU portal 


GRADUATE RECORD EXAM (GRE) (School code: 4853 Dept. code: 0214) taken within the past five years
SUPPORTING EVIDENCE (e.g. publications, research papers, and awards) uploaded in the "Academic History" section of the FutureU portal. 



Transcript Review

The prerequisite course numbers provided are from the University of Utah. Equivalent courses from accredited institutions are accepted. To confirm course equivalency, contact our Director of Graduate Studies Thunder Jalili for a transcript review.

REQUIRED University of Utah Course Topic Credits
Biology BIOL 1610 Principles of Biology 4
BIOL 2420 Human Physiology 4
Chemistry CHEM 1210+1215 General Chemistry I + Lab 4 + 1
CHEM 1220 General Chemistry II + Lab 4 + 1
CHEM 2310+2315 Organic Chemistry I + Lab  4 + 1
CHEM 3510 Biological Chemistry I 3
Math MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
REQUIRED for Nutrition Emphasis
  NUIP 1020 or NUIP 4440 Introductory or Advanced Nutrition 3 or 4
STORNGLY Recommended for all Programs
  BIOL 2020 Principles of Cell Biology 3
  CHEM 2320+2325 Organic Chemistry II + Lab 4 + 1
  CHEM 3515 Biological Chemistry Laboratory 3
  CHEM 3520 Biological Chemistry II 3
  WRTG 2010 Intermediate Writing: Research and Inquiry 4


  1. A minimum of 1 credit of chemistry lab is required.
  2. CHEM 3510 and NUIP 4440 MUST have been completed within the last five (5) years.

Students that are admitted lacking one or more prerequisites must complete them before matriculation. Please note that undergraduate courses do not count toward graduate credit hour requirements.

Contact Us

Thunder Jalili, PhD

Director of Graduate Studies

Carisse Winegar

Program Manager - Academics