Top Nutrition Graduate Programs in the U.S.

Read about graduate nutrition programs that have been accredited by the U.S. Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. Find out what degrees are available at four top schools, and get a bite-sized look at some other universities across the country with similar program offerings.

School Overview

Each of the three schools profiled below is a public institution that has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report. Two of the schools offer specialized Master of Public Health and Master of Science programs; Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nutrition programs can be found at the University of North Carolina and the University of Wisconsin.

1. Hunter College of the City University of New York in New York, NY

School Highlight: Wide variety of MPH specialization options.

As of 2015, this public research college placed 50th among universities in the North that awarded master's degrees, according to U.S. News and World Report. In the same year, Hunter College made the Princeton Review's list of Best Northeastern Colleges and Top Ten Best Value Public Colleges. Through the School of Public Health, individuals interested in becoming registered dietitians (RDs) can earn a Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition; a track for non-registered dietitians is available through the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in Nutrition program.

2. University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, NC

School Highlight: UNC hosts a Cancer Health Disparities (CHD) Training Program.

The oldest public state university in the U.S., UNC at Chapel Hill was designated as a Best Southeastern College by the Princeton Review in 2015. It also ranked as the fifth-best public school among U.S. News and World Report's top 30 national colleges for the same year. At the Gillings School of Global Public Health, students can pursue a M.P.H. in Nutrition program, which includes specialized tracks for medical students or physicians, aspiring RDs or working RDs. Additional graduate nutrition programs include a M.S. in Nutritional Biochemistry and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nutrition.

3. University of Wisconsin - Madison

School Highlight: UW Madison houses a National Institute of Health (NIH) Molecular and Applied Nutrition training program.

A Big Ten University, this large research school placed 47th on the U.S. News and World Report's list of national universities in 2015. Graduate students in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences (IGPNS) at the Department of Nutritional Sciences can earn an M.S. and a Ph.D. Areas of specialization include biochemical and molecular nutrition, animal nutrition and human nutrition.

Top Graduate Nutrition Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Boston University Nutrition Seminar Series Boston, MA
Drexel University Option to pursue either an M.S. or a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Philadelphia, PA
Syracuse University Dietetic Internship Program Syracuse, NY
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Professional Science master's degree program in nutrition Urbana, IL
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Experienced nutrition sciences faculty Ann Arbor, MI
University of Texas at Austin Dell Pediatric Research Institute Austin, TX
University of Washington - Seattle Interdisciplinary approach to the graduate nutrition program Seattle, WA

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