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Master of Science in Human Nutrition

The master's program in human nutrition provides a solid foundation in nutritional research. Working closely with internationally recognized professors, you will ready yourself for doctoral studies or to work in a professional or clinical setting helping others to improve their health and wellness.


The Master of Science in Human Nutrition is a research-focused program investigating current nutritional health problems and the roles of nutrients in the body.

As you study the science of nutrition, you will obtain a firm understanding of how nutrients are absorbed, metabolized and used. Working alongside Ohio State's nutritional researchers, you also will learn the scientific relationships that exist between diet, health and disease and how nutritional research can set public policy.

In addition to gaining a thorough background in nutritional sciences, you will learn about important questions that still need addressed.

The research areas of the human nutrition program are just a few of the many ways current graduate students are making an impact on the health and wellness of the nation. Our professors prioritize your interests making the nutrition program right for you. Our goal is to help you become scholars in the field of nutrition and to provide you with the skillset for continued graduate studies or professional employment.

Research Areas

Research topics in the nutrition program currently include:

  • understanding the relationships between dietary intake and disease
  • assessing nutritional status in humans and planning intervention programs for optimal health
  • determining how micronutrient levels are sensed and regulated
  • the significance of bioactive dietary compounds
  • family nutrition
  • food security
  • behavioral nutrition

Make the most of your nutrition education

With an education from Ohio State, you can help create the future of health and nutrition. You'll not only receive high-caliber education and training, you'll have many opportunities to research new breakthroughs in the field, showcase what you discover and connect with a diverse community of students and faculty.


Career Paths

Students who graduate with a master's degree in human nutrition go on to professional careers as clinical researchers, laboratory technicians, health and fitness specialists or clinical nutritionists. Others use the master's degree as a stepping stone to a doctorate degree or medical school.


Deadline to Apply: 
December 1 – to be considered for funding. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions beginning in late January and rolling admissions continue until the cohort is filled. Contact the program if you need to request review of a late application.
Program Start: 
Autumn semester
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Biochemistry required; Fundamentals of Nutrition, Organic Chemistry lecture, Organic Chemistry lab, Vertebrate Physiology, and Statistics strongly recommended for competitive applications
Minimum Program Hours: 

Application Materials: Online application, Transcripts, Statement of Purpose (indicate potential faculty advisors of interest), CV/resume, 3 Letters of Recommendation, Test of English scores (if applicable). GRE scores are not required. Time to Degree: Students typically earn this degree in 2 years.
Location: While a limited number of courses may be completed online, in-person learning on the Columbus campus is essential to degree completion.
Coursework: Nutrition, metabolism, introduction to research, research methods
Course requirements: 5 core courses (11 hours), 3 research methods (9 hours), supporting courses (minimum 10 hours), thesis (6 hours)

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Martha Belury, PhD, Carol S. Kennedy Professor of Nutrition
Amanda Bird, PhD, Associate Professor
Joshua Bomser, PhD, Associate Professor
Richard Bruno, PhD, Professor
Carolyn Gunther, PhD, Associate Professor
Irene Hatsu, PhD, Associate Professor
Sanja Ilic, PhD, Associate Professor
Julie Kennel, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor
Rachel Kopec, PhD, Assistant Professor
Carla Miller, PhD, Professor
Tonya Orchard, PhD, Associate Professor
Chris Zhu, PhD, Assistant Professor
Ouliana Ziouzenkova, PhD, Associate Professor


Carla Miller
Professor and Graduate Studies Chair

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