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PHD CURRICULUM

PhD students may complete program courses in the (a) Nutrition & Integrative Physiology, or (b) Molecular Metabolism tracks, with the dissertation advisory committee having the option to revise course requirements to meet the student's needs.

The coursework generally takes two years to complete, and the rest of the program (four to five years) is centered on the dissertation research. If program study milestones are delayed, the program may extend beyond year 5.

EMPHASIS AREAS

  • Nutrition & Integrative Physiology: 72 minimum credit hours required, 22 minimum credit hours from NUIP 7970 Dissertation research.
  • Molecular Metabolism: 72 minimum credit hours required, 22 minimum credit hours from NUIP 7970 Dissertation research.

NUTRITION & INTEGRATIVE PHYSIOLOGY EMPHASIS

Ph.D. Program of Study

  • 72 minimum credit hours are required, 22 minimum credit hours from NUIP 7970 Dissertation Research. 
  • Students should NOT EXCEED 11 credits per semester.
  • All NUIP 7970, 7950, 6900 courses are graded on a Credit/No Credit basis. If needed, contact NUIP office to create a section for NUIP 7950 or 7970 under your mentor.
  • Ph.D. program may extend beyond year 5 if program study milestones are delayed.
  • Students may modify Program of Study courses with approval from the Supervisory Committee.
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME COURSE OCCURRENCE CREDIT HOURS
FIRST YEAR
FALL SEMESTER
NUIP 6440 Metabolism of Macronutrients  M&W 9:40-11:40 AM 4
NUIP 6540 Nutritional Biochemistry T&R 8:30-10:30 AM 3
PHIL / MOLB 7570 Research Ethics W 4:00-5:20 PM 1st half, 1
 

 

  TOTAL CREDITS: 9
SPRING SEMESTER

KINES 7103    or

MBIOL 6490    or

PBHLT 6100

Design and Analysis l    or

Intro Biostatistics using R    or

Biostatistics 1

T 4:35-7:05 PM

M 3:00-3:50 PM; T&Th 9:00-10:20 AM

T&Th 9:00-10:20 AM

3

1st half, 2

3

NUIP 7850 Graduate Seminar   1
NUIP 6701 Organ System Physiology 1 M&W 9:40-11:40 AM 2nd half, 2
Elective 2 Elective Courses   3-6
      TOTAL CREDITS: 9-11
SUMMER SEMESTER
NUIP 7950 Independent Study Doctoral    3
      TOTAL CREDITS: 3
SECOND YEAR
FALL SEMESTER
NUIP 7970 Dissertation Research    2-4
BIO C 6600 Regulation of Metabolism T&R 9:30-11:00 AM 2nd half, 1.5
NUIP 7850 Graduate Seminar W 4:10-5:00PM 1
NUIP 6702 Survey of Reproductive, Gastrointestinal, Neurophysiology, and Endocrinology T&Th 3:00-5:00 PM 1st half, 2
Elective Elective   1-3
TOTAL   TOTAL CREDITS: 9.5-11
SPRING SEMESTER
NUIP 7970 Dissertation Research   4
NUIP 7950 Independent Study of Core Competencies   4
NUIP 7850 Graduate Seminar   1
    TOTAL CREDITS: 9
SUMMER SEMESTER
NUIP 7970 Dissertation Research   3
      TOTAL CREDITS: 3
THIRD TO FIFTH YEAR
FALL & SPRING SEMESTERS
NUIP 7970

Dissertation Research,

PhD TA duties (1st semester only)

  3-9
NUIP 7850 (Spring only) Graduate Seminar    1
      TOTAL CREDITS: 4-10
SUMMER SEMESTER
NUIP 7970 Dissertation Research       3
      TOTAL CREDITS: 3

Identical / similar courses taken as part of a Master’s Degree program may be transferred into this PhD curriculum upon approval of supervisory committee. For most students, the program takes four to five years to complete. 

*Please note that NUIP 6384 is offered every other Fall semester while NUIP 6440 is offered every Fall. Therefore, in Fall semester students will take NUIP 6384 if it is offered, and NUIP 6440 the following Fall.

MOLECULAR METABOLISM EMPHASIS (ONLY FOR BIOSCIENCE PH.D. STUDENTS)

Ph.D. Program of Study for Students in Biosciences Program with Emphasis in Molecular Metabolism.

  • 72 minimum credit hours required, 22 minimum credit hours from NUIP 7970 Dissertation research.
  • Students should NOT EXCEED 11 credits per semester. 
  • All NUIP 7970, 7950, 6900 courses are graded on a Credit/No Credit basis. If needed, contact NUIP office to create a section for NUIP 7950 or 7970 under your mentor.
  • Ph.D. program may extend beyond year 5 if program study milestones are delayed.
  • Students may modify Program of Study courses with approval from the Supervisory Committee
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME COURSE OCCURRENCE CREDIT HOURS
FIRST YEAR
FALL SEMESTER
MBIOL 6500
BLCHM 6500
Foundations of Molecular Biology or
Foundations of Biological Chemistry
MWF 9:00-11:00 AM 1st half, 3
BIO C 6600 Regulation of Metabolism T&R 9:30-11:00 AM 2nd half, 1.5
Elective Elective   1.5-3
PHIL / MBIOL 7570 Research Ethics W 4:00-5:20 PM 1st half, 1
MBIOL 7960 Research: Lab rotations 1 & 2   2
 

 

  TOTAL CREDITS: 9-12
SPRING SEMESTER
MBIOL 6200 Critical Thinking in Research  T&Th 3:00-5:00 PM 1st half, 2
MBIOL 6300 Guided Proposal Presentation & Capstone - 2nd half sem. T&Th 3:00-5:00 PM 2nd half, 2
MBIOL 6490 Intro to Biostatistics M 3:00-3:50 PM; T&Th 9:00-10:20 AM 1st half, 2
MBIOL 7960 Research: Lab rotation 3   2 for Residents, 3 for  International
Electives Choose 2 courses, (one 1st half, one 2nd half semester)   3
      TOTAL CREDITS: 11-12
SUMMER SEMESTER
NUIP 7950 Independent Study Doctoral    3
    TOTAL CREDITS: 3
SECOND YEAR
FALL SEMESTER
Elective Elective   1.5-3
NUIP 7970 Dissertation Research   3
NUIP 6440 Metabolism of Macronutrients M&W 9:40-11:40 AM 4
NUIP 7850 Graduate Seminar W 4:10-5:00 PM 1
    TOTAL CREDITS: 9.5
SPRING SEMESTER
NUIP 7970 Dissertation Research   4
NUIP 7950 Independent Study Doctoral - Preparation of Core Competencies   4
NUIP 7850 Graduate Seminar Once a month 3:00-6:00 PM 1
    TOTAL CREDITS: 9
SUMMER SEMESTER
NUIP 7970 Dissertation Research   3
      TOTAL CREDITS: 3
THIRD to FIFTH YEAR
FALL & SPRING SEMESTERS
NUIP 7970 Dissertation Research,
PhD TA duties (1 semester only of Year 3)
  3-9
NUIP 7850 (Spring only) Graduate Seminar   1
      TOTAL CREDITS: 4-10
SUMMER SEMESTER
NUIP 7970 Dissertation Research    3
      TOTAL CREDITS: 3

ELECTIVE COURSES

Examples of possible elective courses for M.S. and Ph.D. programs
Please consult with your committee to find electives appropriate for your field of study and research area, including those that may not be on this list.

COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CREDITS HOURS
BIOL 5110 Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering 3
BIOL 5215 Cell Biology Advanced Projects Lab 2
BIOL 6500 Advanced Statistical Models for Biologist 3
MBIOL 6440 Gene Expression 1.5
MBIOL 6480 Cell Biology I 1.5
MBIOL 6481 Cell Biology II 1.5
BIOL 6964 GSCS Seminar, Special Topics in Ecology & Evolutionary 1-5
BMI 6010 Foundations of Healthcare Informatics 3
CTLE 6510 Cyber Pedagogy 3
ECON 6190 Health Economics 3
ED PS 6360 Multicultural Counseling 3
HLTH 7890 * The American Professoriate – *For PhD students only Year 2+ 3
KINES 6320 Exercise and Disease 3
FP MD 6106 Categorical Analysis 3
FP MD 6600 Social and Behavioral Context of Public Health 3
GERON 6001 Introduction to Aging 3
HEDU 6060 Health Instruction and Communication 3
HEDU 6260 Health Theories in Group Behavior Change 3
HEDU 6700 Epidemiology in Community Health Practice 3
H GEN 6500 Human Genetics 3
H GEN 7380 Biochemical Genetics 1.5
KINES 7103 Design and Analysis II 3
MDCRC 6150 Foundations in Personalized Health Care 3
MDCRC 6521 Medicine and Physiology for the Molecular Biologist 2
MDCRC 6530 Utilization of Animal Models 2
NUIP 6020 Body Image and Eating Disorders Special Populations 3
NUIP 6100 Advanced Pediatric and Adolescent Nutrition 4
NUIP 6320 Advanced Sports Nutrition 3
NUIP 6460 Metabolism of Micronutrients 4
NUIP 6900 Directed Nutrition Research 1-4
NUIP 7640 Special Topics 1-3
NUIP 7305 Advanced Cardiac Physiology 2
NUIP 7960 Journal club 1
OC TH 6860 Disability Studies Forum 1
PBHLT 7100 Biostatistics II 3
PED 5750 Genome Analysis I 2
SW 6621 Motivational Interviewing 3
Other courses As approved by student’s committee  

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