Program in Nutrition and Health Sciences Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Emory University

Program in Nutrition and Health Sciences Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Emory University

Atlanta, GA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
December 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


A Top Graduate Program in Nutrition and Health Sciences

The Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS) at Emory University offers a Ph.D. in Nutrition and Health Sciences (NHS). The "Chronicle of Higher Education" ranks NHS faculty members at Emory as 4th in the nation in research productivity, and this research is generously support by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The program in Nutrition and Health Sciences emphasizes interdisciplinary training. The NHS faculty members are associated with many departments within the Emory University School of Medicine, Rollins School of Public Health, and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The program is designed not only for students interested in academic careers in teaching and research, but also for those interested in careers in related aspects of medicine and industry. While in the program, NHS graduate students receive competitive financial support.

Training in Nutrition and Health Sciences

Nutrition and health science research at Emory focuses on the composition of foods, the fate of nutrients in the biochemical process, the patterns of food consumption, and the connection between consumed foods and physiological needs of populations. Hence, the NHS program emphasizes three levels of study: biochemical, clinical, and population.

At the biochemical level, researchers explore the molecular impact of nutrients on processes such as gene expression. Research at the clinical level uncovers the influence of nutrients on health and metabolism and the role of nutrients in disease. Researchers at the population level conduct epidemiological studies of diet and health, of determinants of dietary practices, and of community-based interventions.

The NHS program has broad core strengths in clinical nutrition, metabolomics and predictive medicine, epidemiology, population-based intervention trials, and public nutrition programs,so that graduates can pursue any aspect of human nutrition. NHS faculty members study many different facets of nutrition, health, and disease at every level, giving graduate students a wide choice of issues to explore.

Excellent Research Centers and Facilities

Emory University is home to a network of research centers, institutes, and departments whose collaboration supports the work of NHS graduate students. Some of these resources include the Global Health Institute, Predictive Health Initiative, General Clinic Research Center, and Emory Program in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research and Epidemiology (EPICORE).

In addition, graduate students and faculty members work for and with the CDC and the American Cancer Society, both of which are located in the Atlanta area.

Doctoral Program Coursework and Research

Doctoral students in Nutrition and Health Sciences generally take about 5 years to complete their degrees. NHS students participate in research seminars and laboratory training rotations prior to selecting thesis advisors and beginning full-time research. Each student passes three formal exams: a master's equivalency during his or her 1st year; an original research proposal structured as an NIH or NSF grant application; and a defense of the dissertation.

During their first three years students complete both required and elective courses on topics related to their fields of research. All students are also required to take a two-day teacher training course and gain experience as teaching assistants.

Competitive Financial Support

Students in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Emory receive tuition scholarships, health insurance, and stipends. They enjoy the low cost of living in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.

The stipend for the 2014-15 academic year is $28,500. In addition, several competitive fellowships are offered to outstanding applicants each year. These fellowships provide students with supplements to their stipends that range from $2,500 to $5,000 per year for 5 years, depending on the award.

Living in Atlanta

Emory University is located in a beautiful, wooded area of northeast Atlanta, Georgia, just 4 miles from downtown. The area serves as a hub of medical research, encompassing both the CDC and the American Cancer Society.

Midtown Atlanta is home to museums, galleries, and cultural activities that students enjoy. Atlanta's temperate climate affords students many opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting, and camping.

Location & Contact

Program in Nutrition and Health Sciences

Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Emory University

201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322-1100
United States

Dr. Usha Ramakrishnan


Phone: 404-727-1092
Fax: 404-727-1278

Ms. Kathy Smith

Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Phone: 404-727-2547
Fax: 404-727-3322

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Nutrition Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 4
    • 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? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


16% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 49
    • Accepted 8
    • Acceptance Rate 16
    • Enrolled 4
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 1st December 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0 in science course work (recommended)
    • 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, Tuition Waivers, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students27
    • Female Percentage96%
    • Male Percentage4%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students27
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian59%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian14%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races9%
    • Unknown13%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty48
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage52%
    • Male Percentage48%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchBiochemistry, molecular and cell biology, clinical nutrition, community and preventive health, nutritional epidemiology
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported