Degree Requirements

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

The doctoral program in Medical Nutrition Science is intended for students with B.S. and M.S. degrees in nutrition or an M.S. in biological sciences. Students are encouraged to complete the M.S. degree before applying to the program. The program seeks to expand knowledge in this area and provides experience at a major comprehensive research and teaching institution, KU Medical Center.

The doctoral program in medical nutrition science typically requires approximately 60 semester credit hours of graduate course work beyond the Bachelor of Science degree. For those enrolling with a Master of Science Degree in nutrition, approximately 30 graduate hours (700 to 900 level) generally are required.

Prior course work and the student’s research interests are considered in designing the plan of study. Students in the Ph.D. program must meet the research skills and responsible scholarship requirement of the university, fulfill program course work requirements, and successfully complete a written comprehensive examination to achieve Ph.D. candidacy. The Ph.D. candidate must submit a written dissertation proposal describing an original research project in some aspect of nutrition research, and defend the proposal in a comprehensive oral exam before beginning the dissertation research. The written dissertation and successful oral defense of the dissertation are required to receive the Ph.D. degree.

To view the full curriculum and degree requirements, please visit the program's website.

Curriculum Outline

Prerequisite Courses. Students entering the Ph.D. program with bachelor's degrees should have completed 3 credit hours in biochemistry, 3 credit hours in physiology, and 3 credit hours in nutrition before admission. They must also take all courses required for the M.S. degree. Consult the academic advisor for specific requirements.

Degree Plan. Required courses for all Ph.D. students are listed below. Additional courses may be required as determined by the Ph.D. research committee.

Statistics (courses based on research)
3 hours, min.
DN 895 Advanced Macronutrients and Integrated Metabolism 3
DN 896 Advanced Micronutrients and Integrated Metabolism 3
DN 900 Techniques in Nutrition Research 3
DN 901 Graduate Seminar in Nutrition 2
DN 980 Nutrigenomics and Nutrigenetics in Health and Disease
Grant Writing (course based upon committee recommendation) 1-3
GSMC 856 Introduction to Research Ethics 1
DN 990 Doctoral Research 9
DN 999 Dissertation 3

Elective Courses Approved by Research Committee

Contact Info

Department of Dietetics and Nutrition

KU Medical Center
Mail Stop 4013, 3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Fax: 913-588-5254
Susan Carlson, Medical Nutrition Science Ph.D. Program Director
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