305 Raitt, Box 353410
Provides a foundation of knowledge in nutrition, food systems, and population health, Presents a multidisciplinary perspective on the broad field of nutritional sciences, including the interplay of food and nutrition, human behavior, business, culture, and the environment.
Minor Requirements: 25 credits
Graduate Program Coordinator
Nutritional Sciences, an interdisciplinary program in the School of Public Health offers Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees. The program is designed for students with a strong science background who wish to pursue (1) advanced training in nutritional science or clinical research, (2) advanced training in nutritional epidemiology and diet-disease interactions, or (3) training in public health nutrition practice.
The Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) combines the MS, MPH, and PhD programs with a supervised practice experience (internship equivalent),which gives students eligibility to take the national registration examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). The GCPD includes additional coursework and a nine-month practice experience at regional community, clinical, and food service facilities.
Principal areas of study are biochemical and molecular nutrition, community or public health nutrition, food safety, nutrition and chronic disease, and clinical nutrition. Members of the core faculty represent the School of Public Health, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the School of Medicine. The program also draws on a larger group of affiliate and clinical faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences, schools of Medicine and Nursing, other units on campus, and from affiliated institutions in the Seattle area.
All students begin working on a research project under the supervision of an appropriate faculty member in the early stages of their graduate experience. Public health field placements, which follow the first year of required coursework, are an integral part of the MPH curriculum.
Students have access to faculty mentors and research facilities through the Medical Center, the South Lake Union Research Hub, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Clinical facilities include UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Kidney Center, Seattle Children's hospital, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, and the Center for Human Development and Disabilities.
Students may apply to the graduate degree program after completing a bachelor's or a master's degree. Prerequisite coursework in nutrition, chemistry, biochemistry, and human physiology is required. Students who wish to supplement their degree program with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics -accredited GCPD must also complete prerequisite coursework in microbiology, psychology, food science, and English. Students who have completed a didactic program in dietetics may apply to the graduate program and the GCPD.