MD/MS Biomedical Investigation in Nutrition

Nutrition Track

For Admissions and MD requirements, see the MD Dual Degree Programs section.  This track is designed to provide medical students with in-depth knowledge and research experience in nutrition. Students may elect to focus on nutrition biochemistry and metabolism or molecular nutrition or clinical nutrition. The student’s mentor or the Graduate Program Director will assist the student in selecting the appropriate courses for their interests.

Students in Nutrition are required to complete:

Course Number Course Description Credits
NTRN 433 Advanced Human Nutrition I 4
NTRN 434 Advanced Human Nutrition II 3
NTRN 551 Seminar in Advanced Nutrition 1
NTRN 601 Special Problems 18
IBIS 600 Exam in Biomedical Investigation 0

And one three credit graduate level nutrition course from those listed below:

Course Number Course Description Credits
NTRN 435 Maternal and Child Nutrition 3
NTRN 436 Pediatric Nutrition 3
NTRN 437 Evaluation of Nutrition Information for Consumers 3
NTRN 438 Dietary Supplements 3
NTRN 439 Food Behavior: Physiological, Psychological and Environmental Determinants 3
NTRN 440 Nutrition for the Aging and Aged 3
NTRN 446 Advanced Maternal Nutrition: Special Topics 3
NTRN 448 Integrative and Functional Nutrition 3
NTRN 451 Food Service Systems Management 3
NTRN 452 Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism 3
NTRN 454 Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism: Investigative Methods 3
NTRN 455 Molecular Nutrition 3
NTRN 459 Diabetes Prevention and Management 3
NTRN 460 Sports Nutrition 3
NTRN 461 Energy Dysregulation: From Obesity to Anorexia 3
NTRN 462 Exercise Physiology and Macronutrient Metabolism 3
NTRN 528 Introduction to Public Health Nutrition 3
NTRN 530 Public Health Nutrition 3
NTRN 533 Nutritional Care of Neonate 3
NTRN 550A Advanced Community Nutrition 3

This is a 5-year dual-degree program specifically conceived for students interested in following careers either in basic science research (i.e.: nutrition research) or in clinical research.

The CORE components of this dual degree consists of:

  • 3 to 6 graduate-level courses in a TRACK based on student's choice and interest.
  • 6 credits of medical school coursework.
  • A common seminar series.
  • A training in Scientific Integrity.
  • A one-year research project culminating in a written report and examination by the Nutrition Department faculty.

Note: There is no tuition charge for the research year, and a stipend is provided.