Nutrition and Health Sciences

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MS in Nutrition and Health Sciences with optional specialization:
    • Community Nutrition & Health Promotion
    • Dietetics
    • Nutrition and Exercise
  • PhD in Human Sciences with a specialization in Nutrition and Health Sciences
Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

  • 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.

Earn a Graduate Certificate

Certificates have their own deadlines and checklists; select one for details.

Online and Distance Opportunities

Offered online:
M.S. with Dietetics specialization

Other programs:
Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Chair
Dr. Julie Albrecht

Graduate Coordinator
Ms. Lori Rausch
lrausch1@unl.edu
402-472-3724

Campus Address
110 Ruth Leverton Hall
Lincoln NE 68583-0806


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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by Nutrition and Health Sciences

After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.

  • 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 Consideration: March 15 for Fall. October 15 for Spring.
  • Otherwise: Rolling admissions, contact the department for more information.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.

Description

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.

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

Courses and More

Admitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in: During the first half of their coursework, students will work with an advisor to create a plan of study — one of the essential Steps to Degree Completion.

Faculty and research

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Julie Albrecht

Food Safety

Ajai Ammachathram

Food and Beverage

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

Mechanisms of Human Brown Adipogenesis; Epigenetic Regulation of Obesity and Insulin Resistance

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

Terry Housh

Growth and Development in Young Athletes; Muscle Function

Georgia Jones

4-H Foods; Food Literacy; Health and Wellness; Minority Populations

Megan Kelley

Health Communication and Health Literacy; Health Education; Health Disparities; Public Health

Christian King

Social and Health Policy

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

Acute Fatty Liver of Pregnancy

Regis Moreau

Nutritional Genomics; Metabolic Disorders

Dennis Perkey

How Different Patient Populations Respond to Movement-Related InjuriesGraduate Faculty Associate

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

JiuJiu Yu

Chronic Inflammation in Metabolic Syndromes

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Nutrition and Health Sciences.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Stacy Dam.