The doctoral minor in nutritional sciences aims to articulate, critique, and elaborate the theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry in nutritional sciences. Specific knowledge areas of focus include intermediary metabolism, functions and metabolism of vitamins and minerals, nutrition-related diseases such as obesity and diabetes, and fundamental principles of epidemiology and nutrition policy. 

Those completing the doctoral minor in nutritional sciences are expected to identify sources and assemble evidence pertaining to questions or challenges in nutritional sciences, recognize the most appropriate methodologies and practices, evaluate or synthesize information pertaining to questions or challenges in nutritional sciences, communicate clearly in ways appropriate to the field of nutritional sciences, and recognize and apply principles of ethical professional conduct.

Admissions: Graduate Program Coordinator: Katie Butzen, MS.Ed. (

NUTR SCI/​BIOCHEM  510 Biochemical Principles of Human and Animal Nutrition3
NUTR SCI/​BIOCHEM  619 Advanced Nutrition: Intermediary Metabolism of Macronutrients3
Choose three of the following: 13
Introduction to Nutritional Epidemiology
Advanced Nutrition: Minerals
Advanced Nutrition: Obesity and Diabetes
Experimental Diet Design
Advanced Nutrition: Vitamins
Seminar-Topics in Human and Clinical Nutrition (presentation required)
Seminar-Nutrition and Metabolism (Advanced)

Faculty: Professors Eide (chair), Eisenstein, Groblewski, Lai, Ney, Ntambi, Smith, Sunde, Tanumihardjo; Associate Professors Olson, Yen; Assistant Professor Parks. Members of the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences from outside the department: Adams, Anderson, Armentano, Attie, Binkley, Carey, Clagett-Dame, Combs, Cook, Crenshaw, Davis, Denu, Drezner, Engin, Goldman, Hayes, Hernandez, Kanarek, Karasov, Kemnitz, Kimple, Kling, Knoll, Kudsk, Lamming, Mares, Merrins, Pagliarini, Prolla, Reed, Robbins, Schaefer, Simon, White

Graduate Coordinator: Katie Butzen MS.Ed.,