Programs Offered

Welcome to the Department of Nutrition! 

The mission of the Department of Nutrition is to improve human health through enhanced nutrition. The department strives to accomplish this goal through research aimed at improved understanding of how diet influences health, the dissemination of new knowledge about nutrition to health professionals and the public, the development of nutritional strategies, and the education of researchers and practitioners.

The Department of Nutrition offers training leading to the following degrees: Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in Public Health (nutritional biochemistry), Doctor of Public Health with concentration in nutrition, and Doctor of Science, which can be obtained jointly with the Department of Epidemiology.  Thesis research is conducted in areas that extend from molecular biology to human epidemiology, with three tracks available for study: Nutritional Biochemistry, Nutritional Epidemiology/International Health, and Public Health Nutrition.  Multidisciplinary approaches are encouraged

Formal coursework is generally completed during the first two years of study.  Students must fulfill the requirements of both the department and the School of Public Health, including coursework in biostatistics and epidemiology.  Doctoral degree candidates are encouraged to begin thesis research with a faculty member as soon as possible after entering the program and must pass an oral qualifying examination by the end of the second year.

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If you still have student questions, feel free to contact Colleen Bertrand at cbertran@hsph.harvard.edu or call at 617-432-1851.