The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Go deep in one area of nutrition, such as how economic and other factors affect food access. Develop your research, teaching, and management skills. And make a meaningful impact on solving nutrition-related health problems with UMass Amherst’s PhD in nutrition.

You’ll apply our pioneering use of multimodality methods in your research, from digital storytelling to participatory action research.

PhD in nutrition course requirements (46 credits):

  • Seven advanced core courses (21 credits)
  • One public health course (3 credits)
  • One nutrition elective or independent study course (3 credits)
  • Three graduate seminars (3 credits)
  • PhD dissertation (18-credits) 

Students may elect to pursue a minor in other areas (e.g., biostatistics or epidemiology), and 12 credits are required for claiming a minor.

Note: Introductory Biostatistics (BIOSTATS 540) may be part of the 24 credits in the major concentration or the 12 credits in minor concentration for BIOS. Principles of Epidemiology (EPI 630) may serve the same purpose for the major concentration and the minor concentration for EPI.