Nutrition Doctoral Degree Program

PhD in Nutrition

Nutrition graduate program

Pursue nutrition research focused on improving human health.

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In the Oregon State University’s nutrition doctoral program, you’ll focus on human nutrition for the promotion of optimal health and disease prevention.

You’ll work alongside knowledgeable, welcoming and nationally recognized faculty who are contributing exciting discoveries to the field, while improving the quality of life for individuals, families and communities in Oregon and beyond.

The PhD in Nutrition is designed to prepare you for a professional career in nutrition through a combination of coursework and research.

Nutrition research

As a nutrition doctoral student, you will apply the specific skills and knowledge you gain in coursework to projects conducted under the direction of faculty members with whom you share research interests.

Faculty study a broad range of areas, including:

  • the biology of human and animal milks
  • neuroendocrine regulation of body weight and bone metabolism
  • antioxidants and gene expression in cancer prevention
  • food security
  • school and community nutrition education programs
  • nutrition education
  • the role of diet in metabolic diseases
  • nutrition epidemiology
  • sustainable protein sources to combat child malnutrition

Faculty contact information and a detailed description of the nutrition research being conducted at Oregon State may be found on each laboratory’s webpage

Graduate student handbook

Detailed information about degree requirements and coursework

Funmi Amoda

Funmi Amoda

Funmi was initially drawn to nutrition because her dad died of liver cancer 11 years ago.

“I really want to know the etiological roles of diet and lifestyle in the development of cancer."

With her nutrition epidemiology research, she’ll be doing just that.

Learn more about Funmi Amoda’s journey to Oregon State’s nutrition doctoral program.

Tuition and funding

Graduate assistantships are available in teaching and research to highly qualified candidates.

Annual support ranges from $9,595-$22,176 based on assignment (and also includes a waiver of graduate tuition).

More information about how to apply for funding and deadlines:

Careers in nutrition

After completing the Doctor of Philosophy in nutrition, you will be able to synthesize and communicate knowledge in your field of study; identify central issues, problems and research priorities in your field of study; and design, conduct, interpret and communicate original research.

Graduates find employment as researchers and teachers at universities, researchers and leaders in federal and state agencies (NIH, USDA, FDA) or companies in the nutrition and food space.

Alumni highlight

Robert Beverly

Robert Beverly, PhD

Now working at FDA as a postdoctoral fellow

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We’re happy to connect with you by email, phone or virtual meetings.


For questions about the application process and requirements, contact COH graduate admissions.

To talk about curriculum and life as a doctoral student, contact our Graduate Program Manager Rafael Arroyo


For academic or professional information specific to the nutrition doctoral program, please contact the Program Director David Dallas, PhD

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