Graduate Programs Overview
Answering the Demand for Highly Trained Nutritional Scientists
The impact of nutrition on health and disease has produced major clinical and public policy challenges that are shaping research and career opportunities for highly trained nutritional scientists in academia, industry and government. Disease prevention efforts, increased health consciousness and an aging population are further fueling the demand for nutritional scientists.
The interdisciplinary Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences enables students in its Ph.D. and Master’s of Science programs to explore the interrelationship between environmental factors and nutrients and their effect on biochemistry, physiology and disease development. More than 60 faculty members provide teaching and individualized research guidance across 28 departments and divisions at the University’s Colleges of Medicine, Health Sciences and Agriculture, as well as the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education.
One of the Center’s primary areas of research and training targets nutrition and chronic diseases, with a focus on obesity and associated disorders of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Other specialty areas include nutrition and oxidative stress, nutrition and aging, clinical nutrition, animal nutrition and food science.
The Center was recently reviewed in the top 25% of all nutrition
programs by the National Research Council.
Applicants for the Ph.D. and Master’s of Science programs must meet admissions requirements for the both the University of Kentucky Graduate School and for the Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences. Detailed application information for both the
Ph.D. Program and the M.S. Program is outlined on this site.
The Graduate School will not process any applications unless application fees have been paid in full and the applications have been fully completed. Please note that there are no specific formats for the reference letters, essays or CVs.
Director of Graduate Studies
Howard Glauert, PhD.
Professor, Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences
Coordinator of Nutritional Sciences Masters Program
Fax: (859) 323-0061
222 Funkhouser Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0054
For further information regarding the Ph.D. and M.S. curriculum and degree requirements, please consult the
MS Handbook and
Additional useful information can be found at:
“The impact of nutrition on health and disease has produced major clinical and public policy challenges that are shaping research and career opportunities for highly trained nutritional scientists in academia, industry and government.”