Prospective Students

Nutritional Biochemistry

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • To acquire detailed knowledge regarding the biological basis of nutrition and the mechanisms by which diet can influence health. This includes a basic understanding of metabolism, physiology, molecular genetics, epidemiology and biostatistics.
  • To develop laboratory skills required for modern biochemical and molecular studies of nutrition and its role in health and disease. This includes the quantitative analysis and interpretation of results.
  • To attain skills in developing research proposals for the study of human nutrition.  This requires the integration of knowledge about cellular and molecular biology, modern molecular genetics, and human physiology with concepts in nutritional sciences related to diet and disease.
  • To develop skills in the oral and written communication of scientific information.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Nutritional Biochemistry program aims to provide students with rigorous training in biochemistry and cell biology that may be applied toward solving nutritional problems in the laboratory. The program includes the following components:

1.  Formal course work

2.  Laboratory rotations with Nutrition faculty (during the first year of study)

3.  Research and departmental seminars

4.  A laboratory thesis project

ADMISSIONS

Students admitted to this program are required to have a good general background in the biological sciences. Admission to this program is through the Division of Biological Sciences (DBS) and does not constitute acceptance into other programs within the Department of Nutrition. Successful completion of program requirements leads to the Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences in Public Health (BPH). An accelerated program is available for M.D. and D.V.M. postdoctoral fellows, leading to the D.Sc. degree in Nutritional Biochemistry.

Nutritional Epidemiology

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • To acquire detailed knowledge regarding the biological basis of nutrition and the mechanisms by which diet can influence health. This includes a basic understanding of metabolism, physiology, and molecular genetics.
  • To develop quantitative skills required for the evaluation of diet and disease relationships in epidemiologic studies.
  • To attain skills in developing research proposals for the study of diet and disease.  This requires the integration of knowledge about human nutrition with epidemiologic concepts.
  • To develop skills in the oral and written communication of scientific information.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Nutritional Epidemiology program provides rigorous training in epidemiology and biostatistics as well as the biological aspects of nutrition. The overall objective is to enable students to investigate relationships between diet and disease. The program includes the following components:

1.  Formal course work

2.  Practical research project

3.  Seminars

4.  A thesis research project

ADMISSIONS

Students admitted to this program are required to have a general back­ground in the biological sciences. Admission to this program does not imply acceptance into other programs within the Department of Nutrition. Successful completion of program requirements leads to a D.Sc. degree (or Dr.P.H. degree for those with an M.D. or other professional doctoral degree).

Public Health Nutrition

Program Description

Students will combine principles and practices from nutrition and social and behavioral science to develop, implement and evaluate programs and policies that promote optimal nutrition, population health, and well-being. Students will be skilled in quantitative and qualitative methods, program development and evaluation, health disparities, health behavior change and health policy. The program includes the following components:

  • Formal course work
  • Research practicum
  • Seminars
  • Oral Exams
  • Dissertation Defense

Students are expected to gain comprehensive academic and applied knowledge in five core skill areas:

  • Nutrition science and principles
  • Translation of science into practice
  • Analytic skills and research methods
  • Policy and leadership
  • Cultural competency

ADMISSIONS

Students admitted to this program are required to have a general background in the biological sciences and other relevant public health nutrition coursework. Successful completion of program requirements leads to a SD (ScD) degree.

Obesity Epidemiology and Prevention

This interdisciplinary concentration is designed for students interested in training in the theoretical, methodological, and applied knowledge and skills necessary to conduct obesity-related epidemiologic and prevention research. The concentration includes obesity epidemiology and prevention in international settings. Areas of training include assessment of obesity in individuals and populations; biological and social determinants of obesity; epidemiologic and prevention study designs; health and social consequences of obesity; worksite-, community-, and school-based interventions; gene-environment interactions; and global obesity epidemiology and prevention. As the concentration does not offer a degree, prospective students must apply to a degree program, which can be in any of three departments: Nutrition, Epidemiology, or Society, Human Development, and Health. Students must fulfill the requirements of the home department, which issues the degree, and the requirements of the concentration, which include core courses in nutritional and obesity epidemiology and obesity prevention. The concentration is limited to doctoral and two-year master’s students; 10 credits are required.