FAQs

What background do I need?

We look for students with a degree in biology, chemistry, medicine, or a related discipline.

Do you offer a Master’s degree in Nutrition?

No. The Department of Nutrition offers the following degrees:

PhD in Population Health Sciences
The new PhD in Population Health Sciences is offered under the aegis of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and is awarded by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Students in this program will gain broad, interdisciplinary knowledge in quantitative and qualitative methods of enquiry for understanding the health of populations, and developmental approaches to population health science. Students admitted to this program are required to have a general back­ground in the biological sciences. Through students’ explicit selection of the Field of the Study, the new PhD program will retain elements of the former SD program including the ability to choose an “Area of Specialization” within any given Field of Study, while introducing new curriculum aspects including a rigorous program-wide methods course, training in scientific communication, and seminars providing a broad understanding of population health.  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 an PhD degree.

PhD in Biological Sciences in Public Health
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.

What kind of financial aid is available?

The Department of Nutrition does not guarantee funding. However, we do have some funding for students who need financial aid. If you are applying and need financial aid, please indicate that in your application. Decisions about funding are based on merit and need, and made at the time of admission.

Additionally, the department has an NIH training program in Nutritional Sciences which allows us to fund 2 pre-doctoral and 3 post-doctoral students a year.

The Student Financial Aid office is a resource for students as well. Their web site is http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/administrative-offices/student-financial-services/.

If you have more questions, please contact Stef Dean at sdean@hsph.harvard.edu.