Nutritional Epidemiology PhD

Interested in earning your Nutritional Epidemiology PhD?

The Program in Nutrition and Health Sciences offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree through the Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The goal of the Program in Nutrition and Health Sciences is to provide students with the necessary skills to investigate the relationship between nutrition and human health, especially with respect to the prevention and control of nutritional problems and related diseases. At a basic level, this includes obtaining knowledge of how nutrients participate in biochemical processes and affect molecular events such as control of gene expression.

Nutritional Epidemiology PhD

At a population level, the goals are to obtain a better understanding of the causes and consequences of variations in nutritional intakes and status in order to improve dietary practices and to enhance health on a global level.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for the submission of application materials is January 3, 2007 preceding their anticipated enrollment in the upcoming fall semester. Applicants should mail their application materials at least two weeks prior to the deadline to ensure delivery.

Minority students are encouraged to apply for the Emory Minority Graduate Fellowship (EMGF). To be eligible for either the EMGF or the Woodruff fellowship all application material must be received by the January 3rd deadline.

Students interested in applying to the Medical Scientist M.D./Ph.D. Training Program must complete applications to the School of Medicine by October 15 of the year preceding the expected year of entry into the program (e.g., October 15 of 2006 for entry into the School of Medicine in the fall of 2007).

Financial Aid

All students admitted to the Division receive health insurance, full tuition and stipend support. Stipend levels are highly competitive.


Students are expected to begin their training in the fall semester. It normally requires four to five years to complete the requirements for the Ph.D. degree. However, holders of M.S., M.P.H., M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. or similar degrees, on recommendation of the program governing committee, may be admitted in advanced standing, allowing completion of the Ph.D. program in a shorter period of time.

Entering NHS students take required coursework during the first year. Prior related coursework may be substituted for any of these classes, by agreement with the Director of Graduate Studies. In general, all NHS students take the same classes during the first semester. In the second semester, different courses are required of students depending on their subspecialty. Group One is typically taken by students who plan to conduct clinical and/or biochemical research while Group Two is typically taken by students likely to pursue population-based research.

Students in years two and beyond will develop a customized set of electives, to be agreed upon by the student, the thesis mentor, and the Director of Graduate Studies, that will provide the appropriate background for the student’s thesis work. These electives may be taken from the relevant offerings of any of the graduate or professional programs at the University.

Students are required to take the graduate seminar class for a total of 3 years (2 years at the introductory level and 1 year at the advanced level).