Graduate Programs

Nutrition and Food Science

Dr. Abani Pradhan

The Graduate Program in Nutrition and Food Science is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental program administered by the Department of Nutrition and Food Science (NFSC). The program draws upon faculty and scientists from numerous schools, departments, and organizations. These include the Departments of Animal and Avian Sciences, Anthropology, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Nutrition and Food Science, and Plant Science and Landscape Architecture; the School of Public Health; and nearby research institutions.Opportunities exist for collaborative research with scientists at the Food and Drug Administration through the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN). The Director of the Graduate Program in Nutrition and Food Science is selected from amongst faculty to administer the program.

The program offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Nutrition and Food Science with specialization in either Nutrition or Food Science. Research interests of faculty members specializing in Nutrition include the genetic and metabolic basis for dietary requirements of animals and humans, nutritional biochemistry, nutritional aspects of chronic disease, international nutrition, community nutrition, epidemiology, neuroscience, health behavior and health promotion. Research interests of faculty members specializing in Food Science include food chemistry, food processing and engineering, food microbiology, food safety, food nanotechnology, food toxicology, public policy, risk assessment and functional and nutraceutical foods. All programs require completion of a research project (thesis or dissertation). Programs of research are individually planned with the student, an advisor and an appropriate Graduate Advisory Committee. 

More specific information can be found in the Graduate Handbook.

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