The understanding of metabolic and nutritional diseases requires integrating molecular biology, genomics, proteomics and metabolomics into collaborative efforts to unravel the complex reguation of metabolic pathways.  And while nutrition remains an underlying cause of many human diseases, nutritional therapies hold tremendous potential in resolving many of these diseases. Therefore, the need for nutrition research and the need for trained researchers has never been both so great.

Students who plan to pursue an academic career which includes teaching and research either in the Basic Science of or in the Applied components of Nutrition, need to complete a Doctoral Degree.

The CWRU PhD Program in Nutrition is individualized in order to meet the goals of the student.  Faculty members within the department are also available for guidance and mentoring.

The PhD degree in Nutrition is awarded for STUDY and RESEARCH in NUTRITION

The areas of concentration (PhD degrees in Nutrition) are:

• TRACK 1:  Molecular Nutrition

• TRACK 2:  Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism


Admissions to the PhD in Nutrition program are obtained through:

  • The integrated Biomedical Scientist Training Program (BSTP),

  • by direct admission to the department or

  • via the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)


To earn a PhD in Nutrition, a student must:

(A) Complete rotations in at least three laboratories

(B) Select a research advisor

(C) Complete the Core and Elective coursework, including Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), as described in the plan of study.



Each graduate program follows the overall regulations established and described in CWRU Graduate Studies and documented to the Regents of the State of Ohio.

Completion of the PhD degree will require 36 Hours of Coursework, of which:
  -  24 are graded, and
  -  18 are NTRN 701. Dissertation Ph.D. 18 Unit. 
                Prereq: Predoctoral Research Consent or  Advanced to Ph.D. Candidacy Milestone.

  • In addition, each student must successfully complete a qualifier examination for advancement to candidacy - in the form of a short grant proposal with oral defense.

  • During the dissertation period, students are expected to meet twice a year with the thesis committee, present seminars in the department, and fulfill journal publication requirements.

  • Throughout the doctoral training, students are expected to take part in seminars, journal clubs, and research meetings in the lab and in the program itself.



Prospective students interested in our program will apply through the School of Graduate Studies.

Detailed information on (1) University requirements and (2) the application procedure can be found HERE.

The preferred method of applying is online through ApplyYourself Application Network.

Link to IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES: http://gradstudies.case.edu/current/calendars/calendar.html



MD/PhD in Nutrition

Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

MD/MS in Nutrition

A track of the M.D./M.S. dual degree program 
which grants an M.S. in Biomedical Investigation

Five-year  |  Medical School Dual Degree Program