Our Ph.D. program prepares you for a career in healthcare, government, communities, industry, or in university research and teaching positions.


We’ve designed our curriculum to develop your:

  • Application of research to real world problems
  • Concentration in a specialty to grow your career
  • Scientific speaking and writing skills for a variety of audiences

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Benefits of Our Approach

  • Talented professors with cutting-edge research
  • Small classes with highly motivated students from around the world
  • Immersion in a research team that is solving real-world food and nutrition issues

Build Your Research Portfolio

  • Enhance research skills
  • Give scientific presentations
  • Network at scientific meetings
  • Write and submit grant proposals
  • Publish journal articles and book chapters

Enhance Your Teaching Career

Research and Dissertation

  • You will conduct research alongside your major professor in a specific area
  • Our doctoral students are currently conducting clinical, community, applied and basic sciences research to solve real world problems

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  • You will write reviews, abstracts, and journal articles that summarize your research
  • Travel funds are available so you can present your research at scientific meetings
  • You will compile all of your research findings and summaries into a dissertation
  • Examples of doctoral research projects are in the Electronic Theses and Dissertations Data base, http://dbs.galib.uga.edu/cgi-bin/getd.cgi?userid=galileo&serverno=9&instcode=uga1&_cc=1. Search by department, topic, and faculty of interest. 

Where are our graduates?

Graduates are employed at the CDC, USDA, NIH, and several universities including Auburn University, Emory University, Penn State, University of Georgia, University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, SUNY Plattsburg, and University of Tennessee. Click HERE to see more.

Why choose UGA?