Nutritional Sciences Program


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.

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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.


Marian Neuhouser Appointed to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
Marian Neuhouser, a member of the Nutritional Sciences Program Core Faculty, is one of 15 nationally recognized experts who have been selected to serve on the committee that will develop recommendations for the eighth edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. More Information


2013 Outstanding Student Award Recipient, Carrie Dennett

Nutritional Sciences Minor Now Available!
The minor provides an exciting opportunity for students in any major to explore nutritional sciences. For more information, please see the minor page.



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