Nutrition and Health Sciences

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MS in Nutrition and Health Sciences (30-36 cr, Option I, II, or III) with optional specialization:
    • Community Nutrition & Health Promotion
    • Dietetics
    • Nutrition and Exercise
    • Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition
  • PhD in Human Sciences (90 cr) with a specialization:
    • Nutrition and Health Sciences
    • Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition
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.)

Note: The Dietetics specialization is available only to Registered Dietitians (RD) or those eligible for registration exam.

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. Weiwen Chai

Graduate Coordinator
Ms. Diane Brown

Campus Address
110 Ruth Leverton Hall
Lincoln NE 68583-0806

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by Nutrition and Health Sciences

  • 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, our 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. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


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

Faculty and research

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Ajai Ammachathram

Food and Beverage

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

Karsten Koehler

Complex Regulation of Energy Balance in Exercising Individuals and its Implications for Health and Performance

Regis Moreau

Nutritional Genomics; Metabolic Disorders

Sathish Kumar Natarajan

Acute Fatty Liver of Pregnancy

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

Shinya Takahashi

Resistance Training and Healthy Living

JiuJiu Yu

Chronic Inflammation in Metabolic Syndromes

Janos Zempleni

Dietary microRNAs; Epigenetics; Molecular Biology; Gene Regulation; Human Nutrition

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 Kurt Mueller.