The Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science Program combines traditional academic course work with practical training, so that students acquire an in-depth knowledge in general nutrition, nutritional biochemistry and physiology, biostatistics, and epidemiology. Students develop an understanding of how to design and conduct epidemiologic research studies, and gain hands-on experience in essential techniques in data analysis and presentation.
This program is in the Division of Nutrition Data Science.
Students take most of their academic courses at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy although additional courses in advanced epidemiology and statistics are available by cross-registration at Boston University and at the Harvard School of Public Health.
The GRE will be optional for all programs the 2021 application cycle. Applicants to the Ph.D. program are strongly encouraged to submit GRE scores as they can be helpful in the Admissions Committee’s assessment of readiness for doctoral study. Read more about this new change in admissions policy and what it means for your application to the school. For students taking the GRE who seek to refresh their verbal and quantitative skills, self-study materials and sample questions are available from the Educational Testing Service. Students whose native language is not English must meet TOEFL or IELTS requirements.
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.
Undergraduate level courses in General Chemistry and General Biology.
The curriculum includes core courses in the areas of nutrition, biochemistry, biostatistics, and epidemiology. A minimum of 48 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 student's prior academic preparation.
Doctor of Philosophy
Students enrolled in the doctoral program must have completed courses equivalent to the Nutritional Epidemiology master's degree based on previous graduate-level coursework taken either at the Friedman School 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 Programs: MS/MPH
A combined degree program, in association with Tufts University's School of Medicine, leads to the Master of Science and the Master of Public Health. Learn more about this combined degree program.