Required Course Work for Intercollege PhD Nutrition Program
Students are required to have at least 18 credits of graduate level coursework (excluding research credits) beyond their MS degree or, if entering with a BS degree, at least 36 credits of graduate level coursework (excluding research credits) beyond their BS degree as described below.
Core Credits (required to prepare for the Qualifying Exam)
Students entering with a BS degree are required to meet any course deficiencies recommended by the admissions committee plus the following 18 core credits of graduate level coursework:
- 8 credits of required nutrition courses (FSHN 601, 682, 685, or equivalent), including 2 credits of seminar (FSHN 681)
- 6 credits in research methodology at the graduate level
- 4 credits of advisor-approved electives (2 of which must be at the 600 level)
In addition, at least 12 credits of directed reading and research (FSHN 699) are required.
Students entering with a MS or other advanced degree are required to make up any course deficiencies in their background prior to taking the qualifying exam. Course deficiencies will be assessed by the admissions committee. Credits obtained by making up course deficiencies cannot be used to meet the 18 core credit course requirements for the PhD.
Advanced Specialty Credits (required to prepare for the Combined Comprehensive and Dissertation Proposal Exam)
After the core credit requirements are met by students entering with a BS or MS, all continuing PhD students must take a minimum of 18 credits of course work (excluding research credits) consisting of at least:
- 2 credits of seminar (FSHN 681)
- 10 credits in graduate level courses that will foster development of a specialty area in a field overlapping with the discipline of nutrition. For example: biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, epidemiology, medicine, biostatistics, functional foods, animal physiology, food chemistry.
- 6 credits in graduate level courses from career-building disciplines such as communications, education, information technology, technical writing, or social sciences.
The student in consultation with his/her dissertation advisor will decide on the specific courses used to meet the above requirements. An example of a model course of study for a student entering with a BS, and examples of available specialty area courses and career-building courses are included.