The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in nutrition prepares students to effectively conduct nutrition research as well as apply nutritional science knowledge and appropriate research methods to address public health problems. The program provide's an advanced curriculum in nutrition, professional skills, and competencies required to support careers in teaching and research. This program is uniquely situated in the School of Public Health at a health sciences university. The program engages in interdisciplinary research, encouraging collaboration across public health disciplines and the basic sciences, promoting and building upon its core legacy of vegetarian and plant-based nutrition. Areas of curricular strength and research emphasis include plant-based diets and the health of the individual, populations, and the planet; nutritional epidemiology; diet and chronic disease-risk reduction; and community nutrition.
Students enrolled in this program are able to concurrently complete coursework and practice experience necessary to sit for the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) exam if not already an RDN.
By the end of the program, the graduate should be able to:
Individuals seeking careers in:
|NUTR ____||Graduate course in micro & macronutrients or equivalent|
|NUTR 506||Nutritional Metabolism||3|
|STAT 521||Biostatistics I (including SPSS or SAS)||3-4|
|or AHRM 514||Biostatistics|
|Public health core|
|EPDM 509||Principles of Epidemiology||3|
|PHCJ 606||Public Health Fundamentals||4|
|PHCJ 608A||Doctoral Seminar for Public Health||1|
|PHCJ 608B||Doctoral Seminar for Public Health||1|
|PHCJ 608C||Doctoral Seminar for Public Health||1|
|PHCJ 614||Pedagogy: The Art and Science of Teaching||2|
|PHCJ 615||Intermediate Biostatistics||3|
|PHCJ 618||Transformative Communication||2|
|NUTR 617||Preventive Nutrition I: Carbohydrates and Lipids||2|
|NUTR 618||Preventive Nutrition II: Protein, Vitamins and Minerals||2|
|NUTR 619||Preventive Nutrition III: Phytochemicals||3|
|NUTR 620||Advanced Topics in Nutrition 1||6|
|NUTR 664||Vegetarian Nutrition: Person, Population, Planet||3|
|PHCJ 624A||Scientist Forum 2||1|
|PHCJ 624B||Scientist Forum 2||1|
|PHCJ 624C||Scientist Forum 2||1|
|RELE 525||Ethics for Scientists||3|
|RELR 540||Wholeness and Health 7||3|
|RELT 5__||Graduate-level Theological||3|
|NUTR 634||Concepts of Nutritional Epidemiology||3|
|NUTR 639||Research Methods in Nutrition||2|
|NUTR 685||Preliminary Research Experience 4||2|
|NUTR 694||Research 6||0-3|
|NUTR 697||Dissertation Proposal 6||0-3|
|NUTR 698||Dissertation 6||9-12|
|STAT 568||Data Analysis||3|
|Optional coordinated program in nutrition and dietetics 5|
|DTCS 544||Medical Nutrition Therapy II||5|
|DTCS 554||Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy||3|
|DTCS 566||Food Chemistry and Experimental Foods||4|
|DTCS 575||Food Systems Management||5|
|NUTR 490||Topics in Foods and Food Preparation||1|
|NUTR 510||Advanced Public Health Nutrition||3|
|NUTR 525||Nutrition Policy, Programs, and Services||3|
|NUTR 526||Nutrition Counseling and Education||2|
|NUTR 527||Assessment of Nutritional Status||3|
|NUTR 531||Community Nutrition Intervention I||2|
|NUTR 532||Community Nutrition Intervention II||1|
|NUTR 534||Maternal and Child Nutrition||3|
|NUTR 557||Nutrition Care Process for Diabetes and Heart Disease||2|
|PHCJ 798A||Public Health Practicum||8|
|or PHCJ 798B||Public Health Practicum|
|or PHCJ 798C||Public Health Practicum|
|or PHCJ 798D||Public Health Practicum|
|DTCS 777||Food Systems Management Affiliation||6|
|DTCS 778||Clinical Nutrition Affiliation||12|
Register twice for a maximum six units. Each offering in an academic year will be a different topic
Students are required to register for this course 3 times. 0 units in Autumn and Winter, and 1 unit in Spring.
Choose in consultation with academic advisor. Must be graduate-level courses in nutrition, dietetics, public health, or basic sciences.
Students will take 1 unit at a time.
All courses are required for eligibility to sit for the RDN examination. Courses completed in a prior program (either at the undergraduate or graduate level) will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis to determine equivalency; thus reducing the number of courses to be completed at LLU. Consult with your advisor if you wish to pursue this option.
Completed units in NUTR 694 Research (maximum of 3) and NUTR 697 Dissertation Proposal(maximum of 3) will reduce NUTR 697 Dissertation Proposal units by the same amount. The maximum combined units for NUTR 694 Research and NUTR 697 Dissertation Proposal cannot exceed 3. Maximum combined units for NUTR 694 Research, NUTR 697 Dissertation Proposal, and NUTR 698 Dissertation must equal 12.
Fulfills service learning requirement
Students are required to demonstrate ability and readiness to proceed with doctoral study and research by successfully passing the comprehensive examination. Degree specific descriptions of the comprehensive examination can be found in the SPH Ph.D. Handbook.
Advancement to candidacy is granted by the Academic Dean. When the required discipline specific and research methods courses are completed, the student must successfully pass a written comprehensive examination. The next step is the qualifying examination. The student is required to submit a concept paper describing the proposed dissertation research, and members of the proposed Dissertation Guidance Committee (DGC). Students are advanced to candidacy when they successfully defend (oral examination) their dissertation proposals. Proposal should include the first three chapters of the dissertation—Introduction, Review of Literature, and Methods. The details of this process are described in the SPH Ph.D. Handbook.
All doctoral students are required to serve as a teaching assistant for a minimum of one quarter. Additional information is detailed in the SPH Ph.D. Handbook.
All doctoral students are required to present their research work at a scientific conference either as a poster or as short oral presentation.
As a part of the culminating experience, the student publishes one manuscript in peer-reviewed journal (co-authorship or review article acceptable, can be from dissertation or non-dissertation related research), submits two publishable papers from their dissertation research to peer reviewed journals, successfully defends dissertation, and submits a committee approved dissertation manuscript. Further details provided in the SPH Ph.D. Handbook.
Four (4) years — based on full-time enrollment