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Nutritional Sciences

Undergraduate Program

305 Raitt, Box 353410
(206) 543-1730


Minor Requirements: 25 credits, to include the following:

  1. NUTR 300, NUTR 302, NUTR 303, NUTR 490 (10 credits)
  2. 15 credits of approved electives, see adviser for approved list
  3. Minimum 13 credits from School of Public Health
  4. Minimum 15 credits of upper-divsion courses
  5. Minimum 15 credits taken from outside student's major requirements
  6. Minimum 15 credits in residence at the UW, Seattle
  7. Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA for courses applied toward the minor

Graduate Program

Graduate Program Coordinator
305 Raitt, Box 353410
(206) 543-1730

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences offers programs of study leading to Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Master of Public Health Nutrition (MPH) degrees. The program is designed for the needs of 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 or MPH programs with a supervised practice experience (internship equivalent), allowing a student eligible to take the national registration examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). The GCPD includes additional core coursework and the 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 UW Medical Center. The program also draws on a larger group of affiliate 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.

Each program of study is designed by the student in consultation with, and with the approval of, a Supervisory Committee. 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.

The research environment at the UW includes a student computer facility and library in Raitt Hall. Students also have access to faculty mentors and research facilities through the Medical Center, the South Lake Union Research Hub, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Clinical Research Center, and the Clinical Nutrition Research Unit. Additional clinical facilities include UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Kidney Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, Pacific Medical Center, the 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 (formerly the American Dietetic Association)-accredited GCPD must also complete prerequisite coursework in microbiology, psychology, and food science prior to admission. Students who have completed a didactic program in dietetics and have a verification statement may apply to the graduate program and the practice experience portion of the GCPD.