Department of Nutrition Graduate Programs in Medicine Case Western Reserve University

Department of Nutrition Graduate Programs in Medicine Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
March 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
5 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Case Western Reserve University students can earn a Master of Science or a Ph.D. in nutrition. A Master of Science degree in public health nutrition that includes an accredited dietetic internship is also offered.

MS Degree in Nutrition

The MS Nutrition Program at Case Western Reserve University confers a master's degree in nutrition, which can be completed in one to two years depending on the student's course load. The program offers students flexibility in designing their course of study based on academic and career goals. Thirty, (30), graduate credit hours are required for the MS degree including 7 credit hours from two required nutrition courses, 18 total credits from elective nutrition courses, and the remaining credits chosen from electives. This program flexibility allows students who subsequently wish to apply to dietetic internship programs to complete their internship application required courses (DPD) while also earning their MS nutrition degree. Program flexibility also offers students the opportunity to include in their course of study a concentration in maternal and infant nutrition, geriatrics or sports nutrition. Other concentration and joint degrees (MPH/MS) options are in the planning stages, email the department for further information.

The MS in nutrition degree prepares students for careers in a variety of health care settings, government or non-profit organizations, corporations, private practice, wellness related industries and professional degrees such as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, physician assistant programs. In addition, the program provides students the opportunity to improve their academic record and gain valuable experience in research and applied nutrition to enhance their competitiveness for doctoral level study in nutrition and entrance into medical school. Students can pursue the MS degree either full or part-time. Students can choose to complete a thesis (Plan A) or take a comprehensive exam (Plan B) to complete their degree.

Master's Degree in Public Health Nutrition with Dietetic Internship (MSPHN)

Recognized as the longest running educational program of its type in the nation, this program confers a master's degree in public health nutrition and concurrently provides an accredited dietetic internship for students making them eligible to take the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) examination. Students in the MSPHN program have a 99% pass rate for the RDN exam and nearly 100% job placement rate within 6 months of graduation. Students obtaining this degree and the RDN credential pursue careers as dietitians within public health settings including governmental agencies, the wellness industry, and clinical practice. The program can be completed over 20 months on a full time basis and students can begin coursework in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters.

Coordinated Master of Science (MS) Degree in Nutrition with Dietetic Internship (MS/CDI)

Created in 1965, the MS/CDI was the first such program in the country formed from the collaborative efforts of a private university and independent medical facilities. Students in this program are committed to a career as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. They complete a Master's of Science Degree in Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University while simultaneously completing their dietetic internship at one of our partner hospitals (Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center, University Hospitals Case Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic). The MS/CDI program has a concentration in Research Processes and Applications, providing students opportunities to conduct and present research during the program. Upon completion of the supervised practice/dietetic internship component, students will be eligible to take the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) examination. The MS/CDI program has had a 97% RDN exam pass rate over the past 5 years. In addition, nearly 100% of our graduates are employed within 3 months of graduation. Students graduating from this program have found employment in a variety of settings such as Cleveland Area Hospitals, Pediatric Hospitals, Academic Medical Centers, Community Hospitals, and within the Food Industry.

Joint Degrees

MPH/MS (Master Public Health & MS Nutrition

Beginning fall, 2016 students will be able to jointly pursue a master of public health and master of science degree in nutrition. Contact the department for further details.

MD/MS Biomedical Investigation- Nutrition

The joint MD/MS in nutrition degree program is for students already accepted into medical school who wish to focus on gaining specific knowledge in nutrition via this joint degree. Students in this program enroll in the non-thesis, (type B), MS programs in the School of Medicine concurrently to pursuing their medical degree, using a common template. The core activities for this degree include credit from the medical core curriculum, 3-6 graduate courses in nutrition, participation in a common seminar series, scientific integrity training, and a requirement for a special project that reflects a full year of research (18 hours of 601 non-graded credits) culminating in a written report and examination. This program will require 5 years overall to complete the requirements for both degrees. Students who wish to join the MD/MS program may apply to the Program after arriving at the University any time prior to Fall of their second year of medical school. For more information, please contact the nutrition department.

The Ph.D. Program Is Thorough, Providing a Broad Perspective and Excellent Foundation

The mission of the Case Western Reserve University Ph.D. program in nutrition in is to increase the number of scientists, academicians, and researchers who understand how to integrate the disciplines of molecular biology, metabolism, and nutritional science to formulate questions and solve problems in relation to the metabolic diseases of society. The increasing number of metabolic disease problems, e.g., diabetes, require these appropriately trained individuals.

Students in Case Western Reserve University's Ph.D. program work closely with a research adviser and mentor who has an active NIH funded research program for their focused research area. In addition, through course work and seminars, students gain a broad perspective and excellent foundation in the requisite knowledge and skills of molecular biology, biochemistry, and metabolism as well as in nutrition for health promotion and disease prevention

Case Western Reserve University, a major research institution, has outstanding resources to support the education of students. The School of Medicine has three new research laboratory buildings: Wolstein, the Biomedical Research Building (BRB), and the Research Tower addition to the Wood Building. The Department of Nutrition has all the necessary equipment and facilities to conduct cutting-edge research.

Students complete the Ph.D. degree within 4 to 6 years. The four-year completion usually occurs with a student who has earned the M.S. in nutrition at CWRU prior to beginning the Ph.D. program. During the M.S. in nutrition, these students would have already completed certain course work, such as biochemistry, nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, human physiology, and advanced human nutrition science.

Case Western Reserve University Conducts Research and Performs Community Outreach

In part, the Department of Nutrition contributes to the development of nutrition science, dietetic practice, public health and education by planning and conducting research. The department also encourages participation in interdisciplinary research activities, provides consultations to the Cleveland, Ohio, community, and disseminates information through publications and presentations.

The department also demonstrates leadership and contributes to society by participating in professional groups and learned societies. Furthermore, it collaborates with the community in Cleveland, Ohio, to enhance the quality of life.

Students Receive Full Financial Support Throughout Their Programs

Each Ph.D. student (domestic or international) receives full tuition support for their entire program, a yearly stipend of $27,500, and payment of student health insurance. Case Western Reserve University awards the same stipend as all other basic science departments in the School of Medicine. Support comes from the NIH grant of the student's research adviser in most cases. The number of new Department of Nutrition Ph.D. student openings in a given year is determined by the current grant funding of the research faculty. In addition to tuition, stipend, and health insurance, all Case Western Reserve University Department of Nutrition Ph.D. students receive from the department a new laptop computer (loaded with software) during the first semester.

Location & Contact

Department of Nutrition

Graduate Programs in Medicine
Case Western Reserve University

2109 Adelbert Road SOM WG 48
Cleveland, OH 44106-4954
United States

Dr. Hope Barkoukis

Interim Chair

Phone: 216-368-2441
Fax: 216-368-6644

Pamela Woodruff

Department Assistant III

Phone: 216-368-2440
Fax: 216-368-6644

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Nutrition Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [molecular nutrition]
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [nutrition and biochemistry]
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Dietetics Master of Science (MS)
    • Public Health Nutrition Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 28
    • Doctoral Degrees 2
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


50% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 54
    • Accepted 27
    • Acceptance Rate 50
    • Enrolled 19
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? No
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline March 1st Not Reported Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students78
    • Female Percentage91%
    • Male Percentage9%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students78
    • Part-time Percentage4%
    • Full-time Percentage96%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty45
    • Full-time Percentage36%
    • Part-time Percentage64%
    • Female Percentage71%
    • Male Percentage29%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchFatty acid metabolism, application of gene therapy to nutritional problems, dietary intake methodology, nutrition and physical fitness, metabolism during infancy and pregnancy
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$1,500,000