Requirements include a minimum of 55 semester credit hours as follows: at least 43 hours of course work and 12 hours of thesis and related research. A minimum of 25 credit hours in Foods and Nutrition, 6 credits of statistics (required minimum), 3 credits of physiology (required minimum), 3 credits of biochemistry and/or cell biology (required minimum), and a minimum of 16 credit hours of course work at the 8000 or 9000 level.  In consultation with their Advisory Committee, students with credit in FDNS 4100, Micronutrient Nutrition, or another course in vitamin and mineral nutrition may substitute another graduate level course in FDNS. 

FDNS courses (25 credit hours)

Required FDNS courses (19 credits)


3 cr

Micronutrient Nutrition (may be substituted with FDNS course if taken as undergraduate)


3 cr

Advanced Macronutrients


2 cr

Proposal Writing


1 cr

Special Topics in Foods and Nutrition (concurrent with FDNS 8560)


4 cr

Seminar Foods and Nutrition


6 cr

Doctoral Research

Elective FDNS courses (choose 6 credits)


3 cr

Optimal Nutrition for the Life Span


1 cr

Research Methodology in Human Foods and Nutrition


3 cr

We Are What We Eat


3 cr

Nutrition in Physical Activity, Exercise, and Sport


3 cr

Nutrition and Obesity Across the Life Span


3 cr

Medical Nutrition Therapy I


3 cr

Nutrition Related to the Human Life Cycle


2 cr

Clinical Nutrition Interventions


4 cr

Medical Nutrition Therapy II


3 cr

Public Health Dietetics


3 cr

Nutritional Genetics


3 cr

Metabolism and Physiology of Energy Balance and Obesity


3 cr

Food and Nutrition Policy


1 cr

Foodservice Procurement and Financial Management


2 cr

Management of Foodservice Organizations


3 cr

Cultural Aspects of Foods  and Nutrition


3 cr

Food Sanitation and Safety


2 cr

Nature of Food


1 cr

Food Choices and the Consumer


3 cr

Experimental Study of Food


3 cr

Food and Nutrition Education Methods


3 cr

Nutrition and Pharmacology for Disease Management


3 cr

Nutritional Epidemiology


4 cr

Public Health, Physical Activity and Nutrition Interventions



Nutrition, Physical Activity, Exercise, and Sport Internship


3 cr

Food & Nutritional Biochemistry


3 cr

Advanced Nutrition in Physical Activity, Exercise, and Sport


3 cr

Nutrition and Disease Processes I


1 cr

Survey of Obesity and Weight Management

*These apply towards the required 12 credit hours of graduate only courses

^Cannot be repeated if taken as an undergraduate. Does not apply towards the required 12 credit hours of graduate only courses.

Courses in Supporting Area (24 credits minimum)

Required (12 credits)

Statistics choose 6 credits from potential courses

Physiology (3 credits)

Biochemistry and/or Cell Biology (3 credits)

Electives (12 credits)

Graduate courses in area of interest

Dissertation: 6 required credits


6 cr

Doctoral Dissertation

Minimum Total Credit Hours: 55


  • As per graduate school requirements, the doctoral program of study must include 16 or more hours of 8000- and 9000-level courses, exclusive of 9000 (research) and/or 9300 (dissertation writing).