The program allows extensive research and study in one of our specialized program areas. Students receive customized training in research methodologies; effective grant writing, dissemination of research findings, and making scholarly contributions.

Degree Type: Doctoral

Degree Program Code: PHD_FDNS

Degree Program Summary:

The Ph.D. program allows extensive research and study in any one of our department’s specialized program areas. Doctoral students are provided with customized training in research methodologies; effective grant writing; dissemination of research findings at scientific conferences and in published journals and books; teaching students and the public in academic and community settings; and making scholarly contributions to the profession and society. Careers for FDN students completing a Ph.D. include positions as university faculty, government agency experts and scientists in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Requirements include a minimum of 46 semester credit hours as follows: at least 34 hours of course work and 12 hours of thesis and related research. A minimum of 19 credit hours in Foods and Nutrition, 6 credits of statistics (required minimum), 3 credits of physiology or 3 credits of biochemistry or 3 credits of cell biology, and a minimum of 16 credit hours of course work at the 8000 or 9000 level. In consultation with their Advisory Committee, students with credit in FDNS 4100, Micronutrient Nutrition, or another course in vitamin and mineral nutrition may substitute another graduate level course in FDNS.

Locations Offered:

Athens (Main Campus)

College / School:

College of Family & Consumer Sciences

Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Drive
Athens, GA 30602



Foods and Nutrition

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