Nutrition Graduate Student Program

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The goal of our Master's Program is to enhance students' knowledge of nutrition by integrating resources and expertise across campus. The research interests of our graduate faculty encompass many different aspects of nutrition including experimental, clinical, public health, education, policy and human and community development.

Master of Science

We offer students:

  • Multidisciplinary research opportunities
  • Hands-on experience in the lab
  • A stepping stone to doctoral studies
  • Thesis and non-thesis options
  • Teaching and research assistantships
  • Individual attention

Ready to join the Pack?

Experimental Nutrition: This area involves conducting research and experiments to understand how different nutrients, foods, or dietary interventions impact human health and well-being. It encompasses studies on metabolism, nutrient absorption, and the effects of specific diets on various health outcomes.

Clinical Nutrition: Clinical nutrition involves the application of nutrition principles to prevent and manage diseases or medical conditions. This area focuses on personalized nutrition plans for patients with specific health issues, like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, or gastrointestinal disorders.

Public Health Nutrition: Public health nutrition is concerned with promoting optimal nutrition and dietary habits at the population level to prevent nutrition-related diseases and improve overall health. This includes initiatives related to food policy, community nutrition programs, and addressing nutrition disparities.

Nutrition Education: This area concentrates on developing effective educational programs and strategies to improve nutrition knowledge and behavior among individuals, families, or communities. Nutrition educators play a vital role in promoting healthy eating habits and empowering people to make informed food choices.

Nutrition Policy: Nutrition policy researchers focus on analyzing and shaping policies related to food, nutrition labeling, food safety, and food access. Their work can influence government decisions and public health initiatives related to nutrition.

Human and Community Development: This area explores how nutrition impacts human development across the lifespan, from prenatal nutrition and early childhood nutrition to nutrition in aging populations. It might also delve into community-based interventions and their impact on overall well-being.

By integrating these diverse aspects of nutrition, students in the Master's Program can gain a comprehensive understanding of the field and develop the skills needed to address real-world nutrition challenges from multiple perspectives. Students will have opportunities to engage in research, practical applications, and community outreach, preparing them for various career paths in the nutrition and public health sectors.

Who do I contact for more information?

Brad Ferguson, Program Director

Contact Brad Ferguson