The Ph.D. in Nutrition is designed to prepare the student for a professional career in Nutrition through a combination of coursework and research. Students with a human nutrition interest are encouraged to add elective courses in epidemiology or exercise science to their program of study. Students with an interest in molecular nutrition are encouraged to add courses in molecular and cell biology and advanced courses in Biochemistry & Biophysics to their program of study.
All entering Ph.D. students are expected to have proficiency in human nutrition, biochemistry and physiology equivalent to NUTR 417 & 418, BB 450 & 451 and Z 430-432. Exercise physiology can substitute for 1 quarter of the 3 quarter course in human physiology. If the student does not have proficiency (minimal competence) in one or more of these courses, these courses will be added to the program of study.
The OSU Graduate School requires a minimum of 108 credits beyond the BS for the Ph.D.
Time limit for completion of the Ph.D. degree is governed by the Graduate School: The time critical element is the time between the successful completion of the oral preliminary examination and the final oral examination of the dissertation. This time can not be more than five years. The oral preliminary exam is to be successfully completed before entering the 3rd year in the program.
Upon completion of the Ph.D. degree in Nutrition, students will demonstrate:
|Minimal Competence 400-500 (*Slash) Courses:|
|*NUTR 517, 518||Human Nutrition Science (or equivalent)||8|
|*BB 550, 551||General Biochemistry (or equivalent)||6|
|*Z 530, 531, 532||Human Physiology (or equivalent)||12|
|Core Curriculum: All courses are required|
|NUTR 550||Nutritional Status||4|
|NUTR 603||Dissertation||36 or more|
|NUTR 607||Seminar (3 presentations)||3|
|NUTR 617||Metabolic Interrelationships I: Macronutrients||3|
|NUTR 618||Metabolic Interrelationships II: Micronutrients||3|
|GRAD 520||Responsible conduct for research||1|
Graduate Level Statistics
(For example, St 511-512 Methods in statistical analysis; H524 Health data analysis, or other statistics courses, as determined by the student’s graduate committee)
|Required public health courses|
|H 523||Foundations of Public Health||4|
|H 525||Principles and Practices of Epidemiology||4|
Core Curriculum Electives:
|NUTR 699||Special Topics in Nutrition Research (2 courses, 3 credits each)||6|
Special topics courses include:
Bone Physiology, offered odd years (Winter)
Neuroendocrine Regulation of Energy Metabolism, offered even years (Winter)
Advances in Metabolic Disease, odd years (Spring)
Advances in Cancer Research, offered even years (Spring)
|Courses recommended for students focusing on molecular nutrition|
|MCB 554||Genome Organization, Structure and Maintenance||4|
|MCB 555||Genome Expression and Regulation||4|
|BB 590-592||Biochemistry (3 courses)||9|
|Electives recommended for students focusing on human nutrition|
|NUTR 514||Health Benefits of Functional Foods||3|
|NUTR 535||Nutrition and Exercise||3|
|H 526||Epidemiology Methods||3|
|H 577||Dietary Interventions in Public Health||3|
|H 591||Selected Topics: Public Health Surveillance||3|
Additional graduate level courses may be added to the student’s program of study. Such courses will be determined by the major professor and the student’s Graduate Committee.
A minimum of 108 credits is required to complete the requirements for the Ph.D. in Nutrition.