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
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.

SD
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 SD degree.

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 4 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 Colleen Bertrand at cbertran@hsph.harvard.edu.