Nutrition

2014-15 Tuition

Research degree: $20,800; professional degree: $30,785

Application deadlines

Fall, Jan. 10; Spring, Oct. 1.

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • two recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • prior courses in organic chemistry with lab, biochemistry, and physiology

Degrees

  • M.P.S.
  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Human Ecology (M.P.S.)
  • Nutrition (Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • animal nutrition
  • community nutrition
  • human nutrition
  • international nutrition
  • molecular nutrition

Students may obtain training in many aspects of nutrition and in the biological or social sciences related to nutrition. For those preparing for laboratory experimentation in nutrition, minors in biochemistry, molecular biology or genetics usually are recommended, although other minors may be chosen. Students interested in community and international nutrition have access to active programs that provide opportunity for field experience in the United States or abroad.

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree select two minor concentrations, one of which is within the field. All degree programs require a thesis or dissertation; the specific requirements are determined by each candidate's Special Committee. Graduate students are generally required to assist in teaching as part of their training.

Faculty members in various colleges and divisions of the university who have interests in nutrition constitute the faculty in this field. Graduate students may study with faculty members in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, the Field of Comparative Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Fields of Animal Science and Food Science and Technology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Application:
An adequate background in chemistry and biology is essential for advanced study in nutrition, particularly in areas involving laboratory experimentation. Additional training in nutrition, food science, physiology, and microbiology is recommended. For study relating to community aspects of nutrition, courses in the social sciences are important. Applicants with background deficiencies should correct most deficiencies before applying to the graduate program; organic chemistry and biochemistry are required for admission. Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores.

 

Rachel Bezner Kerr -- Concentrations: international nutrition; Research interests: Her research interests converage on the broad themes of sustainable agriculture, food security, health, nutrition and social inequalities, with a primary focus in southern Africa.
Carole Bisogni -- Concentrations: community nutrition; Research interests: social, cultural, and cognitive aspects of food choice; dietary change processes; community nutrition
Yves Boisclair -- Concentrations: molecular nutrition; animal nutrition; Research interests: molecular and cell biology of insulin-like growth factors
Patsy Brannon -- Concentrations: molecular nutrition; Research interests: molecular nutrition; maternal nutrition and placental gene regulation related to its growth and fetal/adult outcomes
J. Thomas Brenna -- Concentrations: human nutrition; molecular nutrition; Research interests: mass spectrometry; human nutrition
Dan Brown -- Concentrations: animal nutrition; Research interests: nutritional toxicology; nutritional ecology; limited-resource animal agriculture
Patricia Cassano -- Concentrations: human nutrition; international nutrition; community nutrition; Research interests: nutritional epidemiology of chronic disease
Marie Caudill -- Concentrations: human nutrition; molecular nutrition; Research interests: folate and choline requirements/metabolism with an emphasis on obtaining intake levels required for health and reduction of chronic disease
Bethany P. Cummings -- Concentrations: molecular nutrition; Research interests: My laboratory studies the etiology and treatment of obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. The prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes is rapidly expanding, creating a pressing need for the development of novel preventative and therapeutic strategies for obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Carol Devine -- Concentrations: community nutrition; Research interests: integration of work, family, and food choices, environmental interventions for obesity prevention
Katherine Dickin -- Concentrations: international nutrition; community nutrition; Research interests: Maternal and child nutrition, parenting, nutrition disparities, food insecurity, micronutrient interventions, program effectiveness.
Jamie Dollahite -- Concentrations: human nutrition; international nutrition; community nutrition; Research interests: nutritional education for limited resource audiences
Angela (Searle) Douglas -- Concentrations: molecular nutrition; Research interests: I am interested in how animals, especially insects, work. My research concerns the linked topics of: interactions between insects and beneficial microorganisms; and integrative nutritional physiology, from the molecular to whole animal function.
Julia Finkelstein -- Concentrations: human nutrition; molecular nutrition; animal nutrition; Research interests:
Ardyth Gillespie -- Concentrations: community nutrition; Research interests: communication nutrition; nutrition education; community nutrition
Zhenglong Gu -- Concentrations: molecular nutrition; Research interests: evolutionary genomics
Jere Haas -- Concentrations: human nutrition; international nutrition; Research interests: human nutrition and growth; international nutrition
Susan Henry -- Concentrations: molecular nutrition; Research interests: genetic regulation of phospholipid metabolism in yeast, inositol metabolism, transcriptional regulation, phospholipid biochemistry
Sylvia Lee -- Concentrations: molecular nutrition; Research interests: C. elegans, aging, insulin signaling
Xingen Lei -- Concentrations: molecular nutrition; animal nutrition; Research interests: nutritional biochemistry of selenoperoxidases; nutritional actions of bacterial phytases
David Levitsky -- Concentrations: human nutrition; Research interests: nutrition and behavior; regulation of energy balance
Ruth Ley -- Concentrations: human nutrition; molecular nutrition; Research interests: relationship between microbiota of the gut, diet and health; role of gut microbiota in chronic diseases that are related to nutrition, such as obesity and diabetes
Jason Locasale -- Concentrations: molecular nutrition; Research interests: The Warburg effect and cancer cell metabolism; metabolic signal transduction; metabolic adaptation to oncogenes; metabolic control of epigenetics and cell fate; mass spectrometry and metabolomics; computational techniques for interpreting biochemical networks and pathway dynamics
Marla Lujan -- Concentrations: human nutrition; Research interests: nutritional regulation of fertility; endocrinology and metabolism; polycystic ovary syndrome; ultrasonography
Charles McCormick -- Concentrations: molecular nutrition; animal nutrition; Research interests: trace element metabolism in chickens; zinc; cadmium and copper; metallothionein
Joann McDermid -- Concentrations: human nutrition; international nutrition; Research interests: nutrition and infectious diseases; international nutrition; nutritional epidemiology
Saurabh Mehta -- Concentrations: human nutrition; international nutrition; Research interests: global health; human nutrition; epidemiology
Dennis Miller -- Concentrations: human nutrition; Research interests: mineral bioavailability
Kimberly O'Brien -- Concentrations: human nutrition; Research interests: human nutrition, pregnancy, mineral regulation, mass spectrometry
Christine Olson -- Concentrations: community nutrition; Research interests: nutrition intervention in communities; maternal and child nutrition; obesity in women
Robert Parker -- Concentrations: human nutrition; molecular nutrition; Research interests: nutritional biochemistry; nutrition and cancer
Alice Pell -- Concentrations: human nutrition; animal nutrition; Research interests: ruminant nutrition and microbiology
David Pelletier -- Concentrations: international nutrition; community nutrition; Research interests: nutrition policies and programs in the United States and developing countries
Gretel Pelto -- Concentrations: international nutrition; community nutrition; Research interests: international nutrition and community nutrition
Prabhu Pingali -- Concentrations: international nutrition; Research interests: Pingali has over three decades of experience working with some of the leading international agricultural development organizations as a research economist, development practitioner and senior manager. Professor Pingali has written 10 books and over 100 referred journal articles and book chapters on food policy, technological change, productivity growth, environmental externalities, and resource management in the developing world.
Ling Qi -- Concentrations: molecular nutrition; Research interests: transcription regulation of the endoplasmic reticulum stress response and inflammation
Shu-Bing Qian -- Concentrations: human nutrition; molecular nutrition; Research interests: nutrient sensing mechanism; protein homeostasis and adaptive stress response
Kathleen Rasmussen -- Concentrations: human nutrition; international nutrition; Research interests: maternal and child nutrition; pregnancy and lactation; human nutrition; international
David Sahn -- Concentrations: international nutrition; Research interests: health economics; food and nutrition policy; economic development; poverty and inequality
Rebecca Seguin -- Concentrations: community nutrition; Research interests: examine personal, social, leadership and built environment factors related to long-term maintenance of weight loss, physical activity, and dietary behaviors among overweight and obese midlife and older female participants
Jeffery Sobal -- Concentrations: community nutrition; Research interests: social aspects of nutrition; obesity
Paul Soloway -- Concentrations: human nutrition; molecular nutrition; Research interests: mammalian genetics; epigenetics
Martha Stipanuk -- Concentrations: human nutrition; molecular nutrition; Research interests: metabolism of sulfur-containing amino acids in mammals
Rebecca Stoltzfus -- Concentrations: human nutrition; international nutrition; community nutrition; Research interests: maternal child nutrition; micronutrient deficiencies; nutrition and infection; parasitic infections; anemia; iron; zinc; vitamin A; lactation; nutrition interventions
Patrick Stover -- Concentrations: molecular nutrition; Research interests: regulation of one-carbon metabolism, genome stability and methylation
Barbara Strupp -- Concentrations: human nutrition; Research interests: nutrition and brain function; nutrient deficiencies and cognitive development
Anna Thalacker-Mercer -- Concentrations: human nutrition; Research interests: Focuses on mechanisms underlying skeletal muscle metabolic and inflammatory dysfunction in health and disease, and the efficacy of nutrition and exercise interventions for metabolic health.
Michael Thonney -- Concentrations: animal nutrition; Research interests: growth and development; ruminant nutrition; skeletal growth
Sera Young -- Concentrations: international nutrition; Research interests: maternal and child health; ethnography; HIV; anemia; non-food cravings; infant and young child feeding; food insecurity; sub-saharan Africa

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

Andre Bensadoun -- Concentrations: molecular nutrition; Research interests: lipid transport and biochemistry
Jean-Pierre Habicht -- Concentrations: Research interests: nutritional epidemiology
Per Pinstrup-Andersen -- Concentrations: international nutrition; Research interests: food policy research; global food system and the role of policy; economics; ethics and the market

Graduate Program Assessment

Learning Goals:

1) Demonstrates advanced knowledge in the field of study

  • Identifies and understands relevant literature and gaps in knowledge
  • Thinks originally and independently to develop concepts and/or methodologies


2) Demonstrates advanced research skills

  • Makes an original and substantial contribution to the field
  • Analyzes and critically evaluates one’s own findings and those of others


3) Demonstrates effective oral communication skills

  • Presents clear and compelling oral arguments with evidence-based point-of-view relative to the research conducted and existing literature
  • Listens, gives and receives feedback effectively


4) Demonstrates effective written communication skill

  • Compose and publish a written work that coherently presents research findings
  • Publish scientific research report(s) in a peer-reviewed publication


5) Demonstrates commitment to ethics and advancing the values of scholarship

  • Shows commitment to professional development through engagement in professional societies and other knowledge transfer modes
  • Shows commitment to creating an environment that supports learning – through teaching, collaboration and mentoring
  • Shows commitment to ethical standards in research and scholarship