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Doctor of Medicine and Master of Science in Biomedical Investigation in Nutrition

About the Program

If you’re a medical student studying at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine looking to enhance your background in clinical nutrition and biochemistry, we have the perfect recipe: Our dual Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Science (MS) in Biomedical Investigation in Nutrition program. 

By earning this master’s degree along with your MD, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge and research experience in nutrition—and can focus on nutrition biochemistry and metabolism, molecular nutrition, or clinical nutrition. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to pursue careers in basic science research or in clinical research, understanding the crucial role nutrition plays in human health. 

What to Expect

You can complete both degrees from the best medical school in Ohio, and one of the top research universities in the country, in just five years. 

The core components of this dual-degree program consist of: 

  • Three to six graduate-level courses in nutrition, based on your interests
  • Six credits of medical school coursework 
  • Common seminar series
  • Training in scientific integrity
  • One-year research project culminating in a written report and examination by faculty mentor in the Nutrition Department 
One full year of the program is devoted to research, and tuition and health fees are paid by the department. Additionally, a stipend of $15,000 is provided for you from your advisor’s research grant, meaning there should be no cost to you for this year.

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Beyond the Classroom

In Cleveland, you can get a daily dose of culture walking around the Cleveland Cultural Gardens or exploring nearby neighborhoods such as AsiaTown and Coventry Village. Check out restaurants from celebrity chef Michael Symon and other local culinary powerhouses around the city. Or peruse galleries at the Cleveland Museum of Art—just steps away from campus. 

In addition to living near countless attractions, you’ll be in a place with strong career prospects, not to mention a low cost of living. Cleveland is one of the top 10 medical communities in the U.S.—and our team at Case Western Reserve works closely with Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth Medical Center, and Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center to enhance our academic programs.

By the Numbers


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graduate nutrition courses to choose from


students from 25+ states and 5 countries

Admissions Requirements

Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. Applicants must be accepted into the MD program in order to apply for the MD/MS dual degree. We look forward to learning more about you!

The application process requires:

  • Online application, including a statement of purpose
  • $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (either already complete, or will be complete before you enroll)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Current resume/CV
  • Test scores for GRE (optional)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL or IELTS

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Jackie Davis
Education Program Manager, Department of Nutrition
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

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