PhD in Nutritional Science
Students first undertake coursework covering the fundamental areas of study and the core knowledge areas. Students then develop their dissertation project. A general and a final examination are required to complete the degree.
Learning Objectives: Upon satisfactory completion of a PhD in Nutritional Sciences, graduates will be able to:
- Meet the competencies established by the School of Public Health for all MS and PhD students.
- Meet the core competencies established by the Nutritional Sciences Program for all Nutritional Sciences students.
- Describe human nutrient requirements and their relationship to metabolic pathways and physiological function;
- Perform an in depth assessment of the nutritional status of individuals and groups;
- Describe how nutritional factors across the lifespan affect etiology, incidence, and prevalence of major diseases, quality of life, and productivity at work and school in the population;
- Describe the process, rationale and issues related to establishing nutrient requirements and dietary guidance for the population;
- Apply conceptual models of evidence-based approaches to promoting nutritional health;
- Construct testable hypotheses, develop appropriate study designs, and conduct research, which will significantly expand knowledge of nutritional sciences;
- Disseminate research findings through oral presentations and peer reviewed journals;
- Prepare proposals for procuring research funding; and
- Develop and provide instruction in a higher education academic setting.
PhD Degree Requirements in Nutritional Sciences
NOTE: If you began the program prior to 2009, you may refer to your student handbook or see the Graduate Program Assistant for your particular degree requirements.
Nutrition Courses: 32 credit hours
Graduate Seminar (A,W,Sp)
Nutrition & Metabolism I (A)
Nutrition & Metabolism II (W)
Nutrition & Metabolism III (Sp)
Nutrition Research Design (A, 1st Year)
Nutrition Research Design (A, 2nd Year)
Public Health Nutrition (W)
Nutrition & Chronic Disease (Sp)
Additional 500-level Nutrition courses
Other requirements: 71-86 credit hours
Other Sciences (related to specific interests)
||Epidemiology (EPI 511 or EPI 512/513)*
TOTAL credit requirements: 103-118
*Epidemiology required for students entering Fall 2013 or later.
PhD students enrolled in the RD training program (GCPD) will need to complete the following courses:
- GCPD Seminar (NUTR 561A)
- Food Safety and Health (NUTR 545; Track 1 only)
- Nutrition Education Principles and Practice (NUTR 536)
- Nutrition Counseling (NUTR 560)
- Management in Nutrition Services (NUTR 564; Track 1 only)
- Nutrition and Acute Care (NUTR 563)
- Orientation to Clinical Practice (NUTR 559)
The timing of PhD student course and internship requirements will be coordinated on a case by case basis to accommodate their dissertation research projects.
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Proposal for Independent Study Registration (NUTR 537, 600, 700, 800) (aka "Goldenrod")
Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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Updated December 6, 2014