Program Description

The Nutrition, PhD degree program will provide the advanced knowledge, skills, and competencies required to meet the increasing needs of public health nutrition in the areas of program management, leadership, and research. The program offers training for a career where advanced analytical and conceptual capabilities are required - teaching, research, consultation, and top-level administration. Student research and the dissertation are key components in developing critical thinking related to public health nutrition. Traditionally, research in the Department of Nutrition has focused on the roles plant-based dietary practices play in the health and disease status of individuals.

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Program Length

3 to 5 years (12 to 20 quarters)

Possible Careers

Nutritional Consultant, University Professor, Nutrition Programming Director

Admissions Requirements

Master's degree in epidemiology or in a related field from a regionally accredited institution, transcripts from all universities attended, three letters of reference, official GRE scores (scores in the 40th percentile and above in each of the three sections is favorable), GPA of 3.5 or higher


  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Advanced biochemistry (may be taken concurrently with the program)
  • General chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.