Nutritional Sciences

Department Head

Professor Sung I. Koo


Fernandez, Freake, Rodriguez

Associate Professors

Chun, Lee

Assistant Professors

Blesso, Kohan, Luo, Mobley

The degrees of Master of Science (M.S.) (Plan A thesis and Plan B non-thesis options) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nutritional Sciences are offered.

Admission to Degree Programs

In addition to the standard requirements of the Graduate School, applicants also should submit scores from the Graduate Records Examinations (GRE). Prior study in the biological sciences and nutrition is required, however, some prerequisites may be taken after matriculation in the program. More detailed information can be obtained from the department.

Program of Study

There are three major areas of expertise within the Department: molecular nutrition, nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, and community nutrition and health. Molecular nutrition is based on laboratory studies utilizing molecular biological techniques to examine mechanisms of nutrient action and metabolism in the cell, tissue, and whole animal. Nutritional biochemistry and metabolism involves human and animal studies to examine nutrient metabolism in health and disease. Community nutrition and health focuses on public health areas of nutrition including community-level nutrition assessment, education and intervention programs. These areas are interdisciplinary in approach and are supported by other departments as well as by collaborative arrangements with other institutions. Opportunities for interdisciplinary research and study exist. All programs require a thesis, dissertation, or expanded paper, in addition to the successful completion of the appropriate graduate courses and examinations.

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