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Center for Human Nutrition

Graduate Program in Human Nutrition


The goals of the Program in Human Nutrition are to develop new, practical approaches for the assessment of nutritional status, to improve understanding of the biochemical and metabolic processes associated with nutritional diseases, and to propose effective strategies for the prevention of those diseases. 

Research Focus

Through required and elective coursework, and with the guidance of their academic advisors, students are able to concentrate in international nutrition, nutritional biochemistry, nutritional epidemiology, or clinical nutrition.

Opportunities for thesis research include the study of maternal and child nutrition, obesity, relationships between diet and chronic diseases, micronutrient and mineral deficiencies (with emphasis on vitamin A, iron, calcium, zinc, selenium, and iodine) and nutrition interventions in developing countries, protein-energy metabolism in health and disease, and use of stable isotopes for metabolic research.


Students in the Human Nutrition track may pursue the PhD, DrPH, ScD, or MHS degree. The program is administratively located at the Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Dr. Parul Christian, Human Nutrition PhD Program Coordinator; (410)-955-1188

Dr. Kristen Hurley, Human Nutrition MSPH Program Coordinator;(410) 955-7937

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