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Nutritional Sciences Program

Degrees and Programs

Minor in Nutritional Sciences

The Nutritional Sciences Minor provides undergraduate students with a foundation of knowledge in nutritional sciences, food studies, food systems, and population health.

Master of Public Health

The MPH in Public Health Nutrition provides interdisciplinary training in public health and nutritional sciences to prepare graduates for careers as Public Health Nutritionists working with individuals or populations.

Master of Science

The MS in Nutritional Sciences is designed to provide students with advanced understanding of human nutrition at the individual level.

Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD in Nutritional Sciences provides advanced training in developing nutrition-specific hypotheses, methods and research. This degree is intended for those pursing researcher or academic careers.

RD Training Program

The Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) allows students to integrate the coursework and supervised practice necessary to become a Registered Dietitian(RD). The GCPD is offered in conjunction with the MPH/MS/PhD degrees.


The University of Washington Nutritional Sciences Program prepares students to expand the base of knowledge in nutritional sciences and to apply this knowledge to improve individual and population health.

Program Highlights

The UW Nutritional Sciences Program is composed of core and affiliate faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized experts with connections spanning a wide range of disciplines including epidemiology, health services, environmental and occupational health sciences, global health, medicine, pharmacy, and urban design and planning.

Strong links to the University of Washington Health Sciences Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, county and state public health agencies, and regional hospitals provide unique opportunities for students to participate in innovative nutrition research, diverse clinical experiences, and hands-on public health training.

Graduate training in nutritional sciences can lead to excellent career opportunities. Recent graduates from our program have pursued careers in public health nutrition, clinical management, research, teaching, clinical dietetics, and administration of local or state nutrition programs.

Nutritional Sciences Students


Close Up - A Look at the People of SPH: Jennifer Otten

Jennifer Otten, Assistant Professor and expert on food systems, is featured in April's SPH Close Up.  How much food do we throw away?  About one out of every four grocery bags, says food expert Jennifer Otten.  Find out what we can do to reduce our waste: http://ow.ly/LYMcm


Healthy Nutrition: From Farm to Fork
Jamie Bachaus, NSP MPH student, and Jennifer Otten, NSP Assistant Professor, guest authored the March 2015 issue of Elevate Health, the quarterly research digest of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. The issue explores the link between public health and food systems and looks at recent evidence on how the US food system impacts such things as food availability, affordability, and quality.
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Faculty Postions Available The Nutritional Sciences Program and Department of Health Services are accepting applications to fill positions at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (WOT). Position Announcement & Application Instructions



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