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International Health

PhD, International Health

Human Nutrition

Director, Dr. Keith West

The doctoral program in Human Nutrition is designed to train professionals to identify, understand and solve, through scientific methods, problems of public health importance in human nutrition. Graduates are expected to assume leadership roles in academia, government, industry and other private sector enterprises.  They will be expected to advance knowledge in human nutrition through research, and advocate the application of such knowledge through public health policies and programs.

There are five overarching academic competencies that students are expected to master during the course of their doctoral program. Students should:

  1. Understand the biochemical, molecular, epidemiological, social and behavioral fundamentals of human nutrition
  2. Comprehend the complex interrelationships between food-and-nutrition and health-and-disease in diverse populations
  3. Master quantitative and qualitative analytic skills required to understand, critically evaluate and conduct nutrition research
  4. Be able to integrate ethical principles and standards in the conduct of human research
  5. Develop the professional skills necessary to work effectively in academic, research, programmatic and/or policy settings