Interdepartmental Nutrition

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.S.; Ph.D.


Areas of Study
  • Animal Science
  • Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition
  • Community Nutrition and Health Promotion
  • Food Science
  • Nutraceuticals
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Contacts for Interdepartmental Nutrition

Interdepartmental Graduate Chair

Dr. Julie Albrecht

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 Interdepartmental Nutrition 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 Interdepartmental Nutrition
For Financial ConsiderationFall: March 15 Spring: October 15
OtherwiseRolling admissions, contact the department for more information.


The Interdepartmental Nutrition Program's mission is to develop cutting-edge, multidisciplinary education and research programs that integrate animal biology and food to improve human and animal nutrition and health. The INP offers an extensive curriculum and a wide range of research opportunities. Integrating the expertise of three departments allows students greater flexibility in tailoring their research and coursework to their personal and professional interests.

The department offers research-based degrees in several diverse areas of study: Animal Science, Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition, Community Nutrition and Health Promotion, Food Science, and Nutraceuticals.

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 Interdepartmental Nutrition 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
Dennis Brink
Mineral Requirements; Immunocompetence of Ruminants Fed Forages
Tom Burkey
Nonruminant Nutrition; Gastrointestinal Physiology
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
Juan Cui
Computational and Systems Biology; Bioinformatics; Cancer Informatics; Data Mining and Machine Learning
Galen Erickson
Environmental-Nutritional Interactions in Feedlots; Grain Processing and Starch Use; Corn Byproduct Utilization; Protein Requirements of Feedlot Cattle; Nutritional Effects on Pathogen Excretion
Lisa Franzen Castle
Community Nutrition and Socio-Cultural Aspects of Nutrition
Terry Housh
Growth and Development in Young Athletes; Muscle Function
Karsten Koehler
Complex Regulation of Energy Balance in Exercising Individuals and its Implications for Health and Performance
Paul Kononoff
Forage Quality; Ruminal Fermentation
Sathish Kumar Natarajan
James MacDonald
Ruminant Nutrition; Beef Cattle Nutrition and Beef Cattle Production Systems
Phillip Miller
Swine Nutrition; Liver Metabolism; Nutrient Intake; Growth Criteria
Regis Moreau
Nutritional Genomics; Metabolic Disorders
Sheila Purdum
Monogastric and Poultry Nutrition
Amanda Ramer-Tait
Vicki Schlegel
Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods
Richard Schmidt
Exercise Testing; Clinical Exercise Physiology; Occupational Physiology; Military and Law Enforcement Sports Medicine
Qiaozhu Su
Overeating and Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress
Stephen Taylor
Food Allergens; Immunochemical Methods
Dong Wang
Bioinformatics; Statistical Genetics; Non-Parametric Methods
Randy Wehling
Food Analysis
Amy Yaroch
Obesity Prevention in Youth; Local Food Systems and Health; Survey Development and Evaluation; Health Disparities
Janos Zempleni
Chromatin Biology; Genome Stability; (Stem) Cell Differentiation; Adipocytes; Water-Soluble Vitamins; Gene Regulation

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