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Doctor of Philosophy

About the Program

Immerse yourself in molecular biology, metabolic science and nutritional science as you research metabolic diseases in Case Western Reserve University’s PhD in Nutrition program. Here, you’ll have access to more than 30 facilities to dig into your nutritional analyses. In addition to having access to the labs you need, the program curriculum is up to you as well. And because our program is a part of the Biomedical Sciences Training Program, you can focus on nutrition while having access to 10 other biosciences specialties from which you’ll choose electives.

Upon earning your degree, you’ll be well-positioned to pursue a range of careers. Our graduates go on to lead efforts to improve public health through academia, governmental agencies, industry, nonprofit organizations or research institutes. 

What to Expect

Enhance your understanding of stable isotopes and metabolomics through classes on topics such as nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, investigative methods in nutrition, and molecular biology. Then observe these principles in action at the top four hospital systems in Cleveland—Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth Medical Center and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center—during clinical rotations. During these rotations, you’ll have the chance to find your research passions before you begin your dissertation work.

Plus, you’ll be able to focus your full attention on your research and studies because your tuition is covered over your four years here.

When you’re not learning in the classroom or in clinical settings, you’ll be able to attend seminars on a wide variety of biomedical sciences disciplines to round out your education. If those talks inspire you, check out Case Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics, where you’ll have access to leading edge mass spectrometry instrumentation and computational equipment. Or head to our Case Center for Synchrotron Biosciences in New York, where you can conduct X-ray footprinting and apply multimodal, innovative approaches to your metabolic research. 

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A Place for Success

In Cleveland, you’ll get a daily dose of culture walking around the nearby Cleveland Cultural Gardens or exploring nearby neighborhoods such as AsiaTown and Coventry. 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. 

While there’s no shortage of activities, you also want to be in a place with good career prospects (and a lower cost of living helps, too). Cleveland is one of the top 10 medical communities in the U.S., and we work closely with Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth Medical Center, and Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

By the Numbers


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Admission Requirements

Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. We look forward to learning more about you!

The application process requires:

  • Online application, including a personal statement
  • $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s and/or master’s degree from an accredited institution (either already complete, or will be complete before you enroll)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Current resume/CV
  • List of research experience (optional)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE

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David Lodowski
David Lodowski, PhD
Director, Biomedical Sciences Training Program
School of Medicine

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