Nutrition research is a highly integrative discipline that encompasses molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, clinical nutrition, public health and community nutrition – from cells to community.
Our faculty’s research is broad, covering a number of areas relevant to human health and the prevention of chronic disease, including metabolic bone disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes. The use of model organisms – coupled with cutting-edge research technologies (nutrigenomics, metabolomics and lipidomics) – enable our students and faculty to define the impact of nutrients and other dietary factors on human health. Our faculty are also engaged in applied, multidisciplinary, community-based research that integrates nutrition, dietetics and physical activity. This research involves immersive learning environments such as mobile technology to track food choices and intake, as well as interventions via the virtual world to promote positive behavior change among youth and to prevent obesity and chronic disease.
Academic Analytics recently ranked the OSU-Nutrition Graduate Program 9th out of 60 nutrition sciences programs in the United States. This ranking is based on the faculty productivity index and includes information on peer-reviewed research publications, book publications, citations per faculty, research grants and awards.
Research in the Nutrition Graduate Program is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, NASA, Department of Defense and other federal and state agencies and private industry. Several faculty are affiliated with the college’s research centers – Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families, Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health, and the Center for Healthy Aging Research, as well as OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute.
Our goal is to provide you with the opportunity to pursue cutting-edge nutrition research focused on improving human health; and to prepare you for professional careers in academia, government or industry. The Nutrition Graduate Program is in the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences. The program offers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in nutrition.
Note: The Nutrition Graduate Program does not offer a graduate degree in dietetics. The Dietetics Program is an undergraduate program. For more information see Dietetics Undergraduate Program.
Graduate students are funded through graduate teaching assistantships, graduate research assistantships and training grants. These funding mechanisms include a monthly stipend, tuition remission and health insurance. Additional financial information can be found at the Oregon State Graduate School's financing your education page.