Nutritional Sciences

Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy

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Campus address: T. S. Painter Hall (PAI) 5.20, phone (512) 471-0337, fax (512) 471-5844; campus mail code: A2703

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences, Department of Nutritional Sciences, 103 W 24th Street Stop A2703, Austin TX 78712



Facilities for Graduate Work

Facilities for research and graduate instruction in nutritional sciences include modern laboratories for biochemical, immunological, and cellular/molecular biological techniques such as cell and tissue culture, immunological assays, cytokine bioassays, radioisotope analyses, stable isotope analyses, and protein structure and function determination. Facilities are also available for analysis of vitamins, amino acids, minerals, lipids, carbohydrates, and other substances of nutritional and physiological importance. Local, state, and federal health, child-care, and geriatrics programs provide research and clinical settings. Other resources are the Life Science Library, the Mallet Chemistry Library, the Perry-Castañeda Library, the Animal Resources Center, and Information Technology Services. Graduate students have access to the Student Microcomputer Facility and to statistical applications maintained by the Department of Nutritional Sciences.

Programs of Study

The graduate program has biochemical, molecular-biological, and clinical components and includes study in the following areas: molecular and cellular aspects of nutrient function; molecular and cellular approaches to the study of nutrition and disease; nutritional biochemistry; behavioral and child nutrition; nutrient requirements and intakes and health assessment; nutrition and cancer, obesity, aging, and immunity; and nutrition education.

The Master of Science degree program is designed to prepare individuals for advanced practitioner knowledge, preparation for advanced education in nutrition research, administration in public health programs; research and development positions at food, pharmaceutical, and chemical laboratories; and other nutrition-related fields.

The Doctoral degree program is designed to prepare students for research, teaching, and other academic positions in colleges, universities, government, and industry. Competence in related fields is emphasized, and supporting work is selected from areas such as biochemistry, biology, molecular biology, computer science, genetics, communication, geriatrics, immunology, physiology, kinesiology, psychology, or health promotion.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) in the spring 2020 semester.

Steven Abrams
Molly S Bray
J Thomas Brenna
Margaret E Briley
Marissa Burgermaster
Jaimie N Davis
Linda Ann Degraffenried
John Digiovanni
Jeanne H Freeland-Graves
Ryan S Gray
Christopher A Jolly
Heather Leidy
Sara Johnson Sweitzer
Stefano Tiziani
Elizabeth Widen