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Top Schools with Nutrition PhD Programs

Find about three top schools with doctoral programs in nutrition. Discover school rankings, program offerings and information that make these schools stand out.

School Overviews

Top schools with Ph.D. programs in nutrition are Tufts University and Emory University. Both schools are nationally ranked and both offer several areas of focus for their Ph.D. programs in nutrition. While Tufts offers four separate doctoral programs in the field, Emory's proximity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention make it a top contender as well.

1. Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts

School Highlight: The school offers a fellowship program - the Friedman fellowship - that allows students to share their work with the greater community at large.

Tufts University is a private, postsecondary institution ranked 27th on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of top national universities. Tuft's Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy is the only independent graduate school of nutrition in North America.

The Friedman School offers four doctoral programs. The Ph.D. in Food Policy & Applied Nutrition prepares students for positions with public policy groups, nonprofit agencies and research institutions. The Ph.D. in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition program includes courses in statistics, nutrition, molecular biology, physiology and biochemistry. The Ph.D. in Nutritional Epidemiology program is based on population health and disease patterns affected by nutrition, and doctoral candidates focus on research and data analysis. The Ph.D. in Agriculture, Food and Environment program fuses the three disciplines and public policy.

2. Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia

School Highlight: The nutrition and health science faculty are highly ranked nationally in terms of research productivity.

Emory University was 21st among national universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 rankings. The school was also ranked 11th for best college library in The Princeton Review's 2015 edition of 'The Best 380 Colleges'. In 2014, Emory was awarded $521 million in research funding.

Starting in fall of 2015, Nutrition and Health Sciences (NHS) Ph.D. degree will be an independent program at Emory. The Laney Graduate School will offer the program with areas of focus in area including metabolomics, predictive medicine and public nutrition programs.

Top Schools with Ph.D. Programs in Nutrition

School Name Distinction Location
Arizona State University U.S. News & World Report ranked ASU #2 Up-and-Coming Schools in 2015. Tempe, AZ
Florida International University Programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Miami, FL
New York University U.S. News & World Report ranked NYU #32 among all National Universities in 2015. New York, NY
Ohio State University Students in OSU's interdisciplinary doctoral program in nutrition have access to four colleges on campus, the Food Innovation Center and the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Columbus, OH
Pennsylvania State University U.S. News & World Report ranked Penn State as #14 among Top Public Schools in 2015. University Park, PA
University of Georgia Financial aid is awarded to more than 90% of grad students that are full time students. Athens, GA
University of Texas at Austin Graduates are hired by entities as diverse as St. Jude's Hospital to Pepsico to the USDA. Austin, TX
University of Washington The Nutritional Sciences program is closely connected to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the university's Health Sciences Center. Seattle, WA

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