This program is in the Division of Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition.
By working closely with expert faculty at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, the Tufts School of Medicine, the Frances Stern Nutrition Center, the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, and Tufts University Graduate Program in Arts and Sciences, students will graduate with the critical analytical, technical, and communication skills required for becoming a leader in academia, industry and government.
Candidates accepted for study are chosen for their outstanding performance in undergraduate study in nutrition, biology, physiology, biochemistry, and related fields. A fundamental interest in research is required. Undergraduate level courses in general nutrition, general biology, general chemistry (with lab), organic chemistry and biochemistry.
Please be advised that students taking General Nutrition courses to fulfill program prerequisites must have those courses approved by the Friedman School in advance.
The Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition Program leads to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, as well as a combined degree with MPH. The curriculum includes nine core courses in the areas of nutrition, graduate biochemistry including a molecular component, human physiology, biostatistics, and epidemiology. There are also mandatory laboratory rotations. Each student selects an area of specialization in consultation with their adviser and the exact number of required courses will depend upon the student's prior academic preparation. Students with adequate preparation and/or demonstrated proficiency in an area(s) of required study may substitute electives in biochemistry, genetics, cellular physiology, immunology, neuroscience, or developmental biology.
Master of Science
The curriculum includes core courses in nutrition, biostatistics, and biochemistry. Each student completes a specialization (three to five courses). A minimum of forty-eight semester hour units is required for the M.S. degree. Unless otherwise noted, each course is equivalent to three semester hour units. The exact number of required courses will depend upon the students prior academic preparation.
Doctor of Philosophy
Students enrolled in the doctoral program must have completed courses equivalent to the Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition master's degree based or previous graduate level coursework taken either at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy or elsewhere. Students entering at the Ph.D. level must complete or be exempted from all required courses of the M.S. curriculum. Students in the doctoral program must first pass a written and oral qualifying examination, and then complete and formally defend a doctoral dissertation based on original research.
Combined Degree Program: Master of Science/Master of Public Health
Students enrolled in the combined degree program complete all the requirements for both degrees, but by counting selected courses toward both programs, they reduce the total time required for completion. Students must be admitted independently to each program. Our combined degree program allows formal recognition of students emphasizing these additional areas of study, greater depth of professional preparation, and opportunities to make connections with students and faculty in other related programs.
A combined degree program in association with Tufts University School of Medicine, leads to the Master of Science and the Master of Public Health (MPH).