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Nutrition and Health Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #71 (BCR) Atlanta, GA, United States
Nutritional Sciences has entered a renaissance with the increased recognition of the role of nutrition in disease prevention and health maintenance. The goal of the Program 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
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  • This includes at a basic level, knowledge of how nutrients participate in biochemical processes and affect molecular events such as control of gene expression. At a population level, goals include 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 national and international level. The program integrates the fields of nutrition and public health sciences because many of the important questions of human health involve the interface between these disciplines.
  • The program encompasses two major facets of modern nutrition: molecular/cellular approaches and population/epidemiologic approaches. By combining the expertise of scientists at Emory University, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, CARE USA, local universities and other organizations in the metro-Atlanta community, training is obtained with an integrative perspective. Faculty and students are generally identified with one or two areas of emphasis; however, collaboration among members is facilitated by shared seminars, joint teaching and research. Completion of the PhD program normally requires at least four years.


Emory University is one of the major biological research and medical referral centers in the Southeast and is among the fastest growing Medical Centers in the United States. Emory is consistently ranked in the top 20 institutions nationally for NIH research support. Emory was recently named one of the 25“New Ivies” by Newsweek, a testament to its quality and dedication to education. Emory was also ranked as having the sixth most beautiful campus in the nation by The Best Colleges.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Human Nutrition 
  •  Epidemiology 
  •  Biostatistics 
  •  Nutritional Assessment
  •  Introductory Graduate Seminar 
  •  Advanced Graduate Seminar 
  •  Translational and Interdisciplinary Public Health 
  •  Jones Program in Ethics Core Seminar
  •  Diet and Chronic Disease
  •  Frontiers in Obesity Research and Prevention
  •  Global Elimination of Micronutrient Malnutrition
  •  Epidemiologic Modeling
  •  Longitudinal Data Analysis
  •  Applications of Epidemiologic Concepts
  •  Epidemiology of Chronic Disease
  •  Assessment of Dietary Intake
  •  Grant Writing

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Recommended score: 3.84

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.84 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • The mean percentile scores of enrolled students over the last few years were: 82nd percentile verbal; 66th percentile quantitative; and 75th percentile analytical writing. 

    This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    Schedule GRE®

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Required Application Material:

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • A copy of a transcript for each university you have attended
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required if your native language is not English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    41800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20900 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    41800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20900 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Atlanta

  • 1213 - 2210 USD/month
    Living Costs

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