Interdepartmental Nutrition

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MS in Nutrition (30 cr, Option I only)
  • PhD in Nutrition (90 cr)
Areas of Study

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

  • Animal Science
  • Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition
  • Community Nutrition and Health Promotion
  • Food Science
  • Nutraceuticals

Earn a Graduate Certificate

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

Online and Distance Opportunities

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

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Interdepartmental Nutrition

Interdepartmental Graduate Chair
Dr. Regis Moreau

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 Interdepartmental Nutrition

  • 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 Interdepartmental Nutrition
  • 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 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

Faculty and research

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Tom Burkey

Nonruminant Nutrition; Gastrointestinal Physiology

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

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

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

James MacDonald

Ruminant Nutrition; Beef Cattle Nutrition and Beef Cattle Production Systems

Kaustav Majumder

Food Proteins

Phillip Miller

Swine Nutrition; Liver Metabolism; Nutrient Intake; Growth Criteria

Regis Moreau

Nutritional Genomics; Metabolic Disorders

Sathish Kumar Natarajan

Acute Fatty Liver of Pregnancy

Sheila Purdum

Monogastric and Poultry Nutrition

Vicki Schlegel

Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods

Richard Schmidt

Exercise Testing; Clinical Exercise Physiology; Occupational Physiology; Military and Law Enforcement Sports Medicine

Stephen Taylor

Food Allergens; Immunochemical Methods

Randy Wehling

Food Analysis

Amy Yaroch

Obesity Prevention in Youth; Local Food Systems and Health; Survey Development and Evaluation; Health Disparities

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: Interdepartmental Nutrition.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.