Graduate training in nutritional sciences can lead to excellent career opportunities. Recent graduates from our program have pursued career
options in university teaching and research, the practice of dietetics, administration of local or state nutrition programs, or in the private sector.
The Nutritional Sciences Program offers a course of study leading to a Master of Science (MS) or a Doctor of Philosophy
(PhD) degree in Nutritional Sciences. A Master of Public Health Nutrition (MPH) is offered through the Department of Epidemiology in the School
of Public Health. Additionally, training in the application of nutritional sciences to dietetic practice is provided
through didactic, clinical, and community experiences. The program offers the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics-accredited Graduate Coordinated Program
in Dietetics (GCPD) which is required for attaining registered dietitian (RD) status. The new GCPD replaces the previous model of a Didactic Program
in Dietetics and an independent Dietetic Internship. These programs are now combined in the integrated GCPD.
Principal areas of study are public health nutrition, experimental nutrition, and clinical nutrition. The faculty is composed of a core group
in nutrition and a larger affiliate group representing nutrition within the Schools of Public Health, Medicine and Nursing, the College of
Arts and Sciences, the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Strong links to the University of Washington Medical Center and Warren G. Magnuson Health Sciences Center,
a world-renowned research and teaching facility, are a particular asset of the program. Through links to the Clinical Nutrition Research Unit, the
Clinical Research Center, and the School of Public Health, students can participate in nutrition research projects, clinical
rotations, counseling, community education projects, and other public health programs.
Program graduates who become Registered Dietitians can go on to work as Clinical Dietitians, Community Dietitians, Management Dietitians and Consultant Dietitians. For more information on what these positions entail, as well as earning potential, consult the US Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook. Another good source of information about dietetics careers is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Program graduates of the MPH Program would be expected to participate in policy analysis, program development, and to design and manage population-based community wide interventions as part of a large-scale public health program.