Human Nutrition Emphasis Group

The human nutrition emphasis group considers the maintenance and promotion of human health. It includes research on prevention or treatment of disease, identifying and clarifying relationships between health/nutrition and various physical or environmental factors, designing and evaluating educational or technical intervention strategies and studying implications for nutrition policies and programs. Research may involve animal models, epidemiological studies, human and clinical studies and education intervention (click here to learn more about the Human Nutrition group faculty and their research interests).

The Human Nutrition Emphasis offers both Ph.D. and M.S. degrees.

Prerequisites for Admission* for Ph.D. & M.S. Applicants

Students with undergraduate degrees in the biological sciences (nutrition, biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, etc.) generally will have already taken the prerequisite courses for our first year graduate-level classes. Students with other degrees who are interested in our graduate program should take courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, and calculus or statistics before applying.

*Course deficiencies must be made up in the first semester of study.

IGPNS Core Requirements – Ph.D. Track 

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A. Nutritional Sciences courses – 8 credits
NS 619 Intermediary Metabolism of Macronutrients – 3 credits
NS 621 Introduction to Nutritional Epidemiology – 1 credit
NS 623 Minerals – 1 credit
NS 625 Obesity and Diabetes – 1 credit
NS 626 Experimental Diet Design -1 credit (may waive if completed course in feed formulation)
NS 627 Vitamins – 1 credit

B. Specialized courses (2 credits)

C. Seminars 
NS 600 Introductory Seminar in Nutrition – 1 credit
NS 931 Seminar in Nutrition – 1 credit : All graduate students are required to enroll and attend every semester, except when there is a course conflict.
NS 881 Topics in Human and Clinical Nutrition – 1 credit : Students must enroll every year and present three seminars for a letter grade. A seminar course from outside IGPNS could be substituted for one of the three required emphasis group seminars.

D. Teaching Experience (1 – 3 credits)
NS 799 Practicum in Nutritional Sciences Teaching (or equivalent experience)

Human Nutrition Emphasis Group Course Requirements – Ph.D. Track

(Minimum of 10 course credits of level 400 or above)

A. Laboratory or advanced level quantitative methods course  (>2 credits) in Biochemistry, Biomolecular Chemistry, Animal Health & Biomedical Sciences, Zoology, Statistics, Analytical Chemistry, or Genetics (including population modeling).

B. Students must have demonstrable skills in statistics which may be gained by completing courses in a minor or distributive minor

C. Research credits to meet the University of Wisconsin-Madison requirement of at least 51 total graduate credits, of which 32 credits minimum must be in residence.

Minor

Students receive substantial breadth in their emphasis group coursework but are strongly encouraged to obtain additional breadth through the completion of a minor.

A. Minor program, 10 cr. minimum. Courses taken to fulfill Human Nutrition Emphasis Group A and B requirements may also be used to meet the requirements of a distributed minor. Courses taken to fulfill IGPNS Core Course requirements may not double count toward the minor. A minor is not required for the IGPNS Ph.D degree.

IGPNS Core Requirements – M.S. Track

A. Nutritional Sciences courses (8 credits)
NS 619 Intermediary Metabolism of Macronutrients – 3 credits
NS 621 Introduction to Nutritional Epidemiology – 1 credit
NS 623 Minerals – 1 credit
NS 625 Obesity and Diabetes – 1 credit
NS 626 Experimental Diet Design – 1 credit (may waive if completed course in feed formulation)
NS 627 Vitamins – 1 credit

B. Seminars
NS 600 Introductory Seminar in Nutrition – 1 credit

Human Nutrition Emphasis Group Course Requirements – M.S. Track

A. A research methods or data analysis course – (2 credit minimum)

B. Emphasis Group Seminar course (1 credit)
NS 881 – Topics in Human and Clinical Nutrition
Students must enroll each time it is offered and present three seminars for a letter grade. A seminar course from outside IGPNS could be substituted for one of the three required emphasis group seminars.

C. Research credits to meet the University of Wisconsin-Madison requirement of at least 30 total graduate credits, of which 16 credits minimum must be in residence.  These courses will be chosen in consultation with faculty mentor.

D. A research-based thesis or literature-based research report that passes scholarly review is required.