Nutrition and Health Sciences

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.S.; Ph.D.


A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.

Departmental Program Specializations
  • Community Nutrition and Health Promotion (M.S.)
  • Dietetics (M.S.)
  • Nutrition and Exercise (M.S.)
Areas of Study
  • Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition (Ph.D., M.S.)
  • Community Nutrition and Health Promotion (Ph.D., M.S.)
  • Exercise Physiology and Nutrition (Ph.D.)
  • Food Literacy, Quality and Safety (Ph.D., M.S.)
  • Hospitality Management (M.S.)
Note: The Dietetics specialization is available only to Registered Dietitians (RD) or those eligible for registration exam.

Distance Education Opportunities

M.S. with Dietetics specialization
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Contacts for Nutrition and Health Sciences

Graduate Chair

Dr. Joel Cramer

Graduate Coordinator

Ms. Lori Rausch


Campus Address

110 Ruth Leverton Hall

Lincoln NE 68583-0806

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Nutrition and Health Sciences in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Statement of goals
  • Resume

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Nutrition and Health Sciences
For Financial ConsiderationFall: March 15 Spring: October 15
OtherwiseRolling admissions, contact the department for more information.


The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences is internationally recognized for its research, teaching, and outreach programs. Our classrooms and research laboratories are state-of-the-art and every graduate student is matched with an adviser whose expertise matches the student's career interests.

Our Department offers research-based degrees in several diverse areas of study: Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition (Ph.D., M.S.); Community Nutrition and Health Promotion (Ph.D., M.S.); Exercise Physiology (Ph.D.); Food Literacy, Quality and Safety (Ph.D., M.S.); and Hospitality Management (M.S.). In addition, students can earn a non-research master's degree (M.S. without thesis) in Dietetics (RD required); Nutrition and Exercise; or Community Nutrition and Health Promotion.

Because of the diversity of degree programs offered through the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences and the Nutrition Interdepartmental program, students are encouraged to refer to the Nutrition and Health Sciences website to learn more about areas of study and degree programs, admission requirements, and step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Courses and More

Students in Nutrition and Health Sciences are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Julie Albrecht
Food Safety
Linda Boeckner
Behavioral Changes that Lead to Healthier Outcomes, Particularly For Vulnerable Populations
Timothy Carr
Cholesterol and Bile Acid Metabolism; Atherosclerosis and Heart Disease; Role of Dietary Fat, Fiber, and Phytochemicals
Weiwen Chai
Nutritional Epidemiology and Dietary Analyses within Large Cohorts; Survey Development and Validation; Assessment of Nutrition Intervention, Obesity, Cancer and Ethnic Differences in Disease Risk
Soonkyu Chung
Joel Cramer
Exercise and Nutrition for Health, Muscle Strength, and Body Composition across the Lifespan
Lisa Franzen Castle
Community Nutrition and Socio-Cultural Aspects of Nutrition
Fayrene Hamouz
Hospitality and Food Service Administration
Terry Housh
Growth and Development in Young Athletes; Muscle Function
Georgia Jones
4-H Foods; Food Literacy; Health and Wellness; Minority Populations
Karsten Koehler
Complex Regulation of Energy Balance in Exercising Individuals and its Implications for Health and Performance
Candace Kohnke
Motivational Interviewing/Educational Strategies
Sathish Kumar Natarajan
Regis Moreau
Nutritional Genomics; Metabolic Disorders
Jeffrey Rudy
Athletic Training Education
Richard Schmidt
Exercise Testing; Clinical Exercise Physiology; Occupational Physiology; Military and Law Enforcement Sports Medicine
Qiaozhu Su
Overeating and Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress
Shinya Takahashi
Resistance Training and Healthy Living
Janos Zempleni
Chromatin Biology; Genome Stability; (Stem) Cell Differentiation; Adipocytes; Water-Soluble Vitamins; Gene Regulation

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