For additional courses in epidemiology and other public health areas, see the catalog of the School of Public Health.
Jamy Ard, Assistant Professor (Nutrition Sciences); Culturally appropriate Dietary Interventions, Hypertension
M. Amanda Brown, Assistant Professor (Nutrition Sciences); Dietetics Education, Clinical Nutrition.
Pi-Ling Chang, Associate Professor (Nutrition Sciences); Vitamin D and Cancer, Osteoporosis, Bone-Matrix Proteins, Osteoblast Differentiation
Maria De Luca, Assistant Professor (Nutrition Sciences); Genetics of fat storage and innate immune function, Obesity, Aging.
Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Phd, RD Professor and Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences; diet/hormonal/genetic interactions and their association with cancer; dietary interventions and lifestyle for cancer prevention and survival
Isao Eto, Associate Professor (Nutrition Sciences); Nutritional Biochemistry, Folate Metabolism and Interactions, Cancer Biology and Biochemistry
Jose R. Fernandez, Associate Professor (Nutrition Sciences); Gene Mapping, Genetic Admixture, Racial Differences, Obesity, Diabetes
Yuchang Fu, Assistant Professor (Nutrition Sciences); Gene Expression and Regulation Related to Lipid Metabolism in Atheroslcerosis and Diabetes
W. Timothy Garvey, Professor and Chair (Nutrition Sciences); Molecular, Metabolic, and Genetic Pathogenesis of Insulin Resistance, Type 2 Diabetes, and Obesity
Barbara A. Gower, Professor (Nutrition Sciences); Endocrinology, Body Composition, Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy, Insulin Sensitivity
Jeanette N. Keith,
Elizabeth Kitchin, Assistant Professor; General Nutrition and Health, Community Outreach and Education through Media
Susan Miller, Assistant Professor; Food Service Systems Management
Douglas Moellering, Instructor; mitochondrial physiology, bioenergetics, and free radical-mediated tissue injury and disease pathologies. Currently, research is focused on mitochondrial free-radical production contributing to altered bioenergetics, the development of obesity, insulin resistance and T2DM, increased cardiovascular disease susceptibility, and aging.
Sarah L. Morgan, Professor (Nutrition Sciences and Medicine); Nutrition and Rheumatic Diseases, Folate and Antifolates, Osteoporosis
Tim R. Nagy, Professor (Nutrition Sciences); Regulation of Energy Expenditure; Body Fat/Caloric Restriction/Cancer; Small Animal Phenotyping
Laura Newton, Assistant Professor; Clinical Nutrition, Nutrition and Cancer; Total Parenteral Nutrtition
Chandrika Piyathilake, Associate Professor (Nutrition Sciences); Lung Cancer and Biomarkers
Charles W. Prince, Professor (Nutrition Sciences); Bone Metabolism, Vitamin D Function; Osteopontin, Orthopedic Implant Biocompatibility, Cellular Transduction of Mechanical Load
Daniel L. Smith, Jr, Instructor; The interaction of diet and metabolism in relationship to aging and disease; obesity, calorie restriction, brown adipose tissue
Qinglin Yang, Associate Professor; molecular mechanisms underlying the development and progression of heart failure, especially those related to transcriptional regulation of myocardial fatty acid and carbohydrate metabolisms (eg., PPAR signaling pathway) in pathological conditions such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes
Patients with Pediatric Disease
M.S. Program in Clinical Nutrition
The program leading to the Master of Science degree in clinical nutrition is designed to provide training and experience in the treatment and prevention of disease through the science and art of optimal nutritional care. Professionals with backgrounds in the science of nutrition or dietetics will have an opportunity to learn the metabolic and biochemical basis for nutritional care while being involved in direct patient management and in either laboratory or clinical research. Opportunities exist for specialization within clinical subspecialty areas such as pediatrics, children with special health care needs, clinical nutrition research, exercise science, health education, health services administration, community nutrition, and public health.
The Clinical Nutrition graduate program recommends fall-term entry. Interested students must first obtain admission to the UAB Graduate School. Graduate School admission standards include
1. a B average computed overall, or alternatively computed over the last 60 semester hours of earned credit;
2. evidence of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or college in the United States ; and
3. a score of at least 500 on each the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE General Test.
Additionally, eligible students should be registered dietitians, registration-eligible dietitians, or have a baccalaureate degree from a Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) approved Didactic Program in Dietetics. A nutrition research option is offered to nondietetics students with strong science backgrounds.
The graduate program in clinical nutrition offers the option for Plan I (thesis) or Plan 2 (non-thesis). Candidates for the M.S. degree, Plan 1, are expected to complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate-level course work, and submit and defend thesis research that makes a contribution to the knowledge of clinical nutrition. Candidates for the M.S. degree, Plan 2, must complete a total of 36 hours of graduate-level course work.
Curriculum Core Requirements
Successful completion of the M.S. degree will require completion of a minimum of 20 semester hours in Clinical Nutrition core courses and additional courses to be selected from departmental offerings. The thesis option (Plan 1) requires completion of 6 semester hours of thesis research and presentation of a thesis. Students completing Plan 2 will require a total of 36 semester hours in Clinical Nutrition.
Deadline for Entry Term(s):
Deadline for All Application Materials to be in the Graduate School Office:
Six weeks before term begins
Number of Evaluation Forms Required:
GRE (TOEFL and TWE also required for international applicants whose native language is not English.)
For detailed information, contact Dr. Amanda Brown, Assistant Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetic Internship, Department of Nutrition Sciences, UAB School of Health Related Professions, Webb Building, Room 449, 1675 University Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35294-3360.
The Dietetic Internship Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) and is designed to prepare entry-level dietitians for careers in a variety of health care, wellness, and food service facilities. Internship appointments are awarded on a competitive basis through a national computer matching process. Dietetic interns must also be admitted to the Graduate School (admission standards are listed under the M.S. in Clinical Nutrition above) and are required to enroll in a full graduate course load each term during the internship.
An onsite internship with is offered in Birmingham, and an offsite internship is offered in each of the following cities in Alabama: Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, and Birmingham. Upon completion of the internship, the student will be eligible to take the national examination to become a registered dietitian. Interns earn 12 hours of graduate credit, which may be applied toward the requirements for the M.S. in Clinical Nutrition. Students may elect to continue in the M.S. program in Clinical Nutrition to complete requirements for the M.S. degree on a full or part-time basis.
For detailed information, contact Dr. Amanda Brown, Assistant Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetic Internship, Department of Nutrition Sciences, UAB School of Health Related Professions, Webb Building, Room 449 1675 University Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35294-3360.
Ph.D. Program in Nutrition Sciences
The program leading to the Ph.D. in Nutrition Sciences at UAB is designed to provide coursework and research experience that emphasizes the science of nutrition in maintaining the health of individuals and populations and preventing a variety of diseases. The doctoral program combines required and elective didactic coursework in basic sciences and nutrition with research incorporating basic science, clinical applications and translational research conducted in superb facilities in an outstanding research environment.
To meet Graduate School and departmental standards, a student must have a combined GRE score of 1100, an undergraduate degree with a strong science background, three letters of recommendation based on thorough knowledge of the applicant's background and abilities, and, of great importance, a statement of goals and purpose that delineates the student's motivation and purpose in seeking this degree. Fall-term entry is recommended.
Coursework and Other Requirements
Successful completion of the Ph.D. will require completion of a minimum of 33 semester hours in core courses (encompassing the disciplines of cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, nutritional biochemistry, clinical nutrition, and statistics and experimental design) and at least 24 additional graduate semester hours of elective coursework; passing a comprehensive written qualifying examination; and defense of a dissertation reporting the results of original scientific research that makes a genuine contribution to the knowledge of nutrition sciences. In fulfilling the latter requirement, a student must author at least three papers that are publishable in peer-reviewed journals.
Core Classes must include :NTR 701(Adv. Med NTR)(3), 718(Nutritional Biochem)(6), 725(Human NTR through the Life Cycle)(3), 726(Consumer Issues in NTR)(3), 733(Lab Rotation)(2). 736(Scientific Methods)(3), 747(Molecular Biology & NTR SCI(3), 788(Seminar)(4), BST 621(3), 622(3)
Elective classes: 722 (Cancer) (3), 750(Body Comp) (3), 769(Obesity)(3), 779(Race)(3), 604(Nutrition Support)(3)
For detailed information, contact Dr. José R. Fernández, Director of the Ph.D. Program in Nutrition Sciences, Department of Nutrition Sciences, UAB School of Health Related Professions, Susan Mott Webb Nutrition Sciences Building, Room 449, 1675 University Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35294-3360.
Unless otherwise noted, all courses are for 3 semester hours of credit. Course numbers preceded with an asterisk indicate courses that can be repeated for credit, with stated stipulations.
Nutrition Sciences (NTR)
579/779. Obesity in the 21st Century Overview of the facts and research findings underlying the understanding of obesity, its co morbidities, and its consequences in the population. Spring, Odd years.
589. Internship Practicum. Clinical experience in food service management and clinical nutrition. Fall, spring, summer.
601/701. Advanced Medical Nutrition. Nutrition in relationship to health; prevention of disease and correction of disorders resulting from nutritional imbalance throughout the life cycle. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor for non nutrition sciences majors. Spring 604. Principles and Practice of Nutrition Support. Nutrition support for critically ill patients; theory integrated with clinical practice. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor for non nutrition sciences majors. Fall
611. Advanced Food Service Systems Management. Management systems, application to hospital food service. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor Prerequisite: Permission of instructor for non nutrition sciences majors. Spring
612. Research and Technology Applications in Dietetics. Utilization of internet technology and research design in dietetics practice. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor for non nutrition sciences majors. Fall
618/718. Nutritional Biochemistry. Metabolism and functions of nutrients; biosynthesis of vitamins and cofactors; human requirements for energy, amino acids, minerals, and vitamins; food fortification; current human nutritional problemsFall . 6 hours.
622/722. Recent Advances in Nutrition Cancer Research. Critical evaluation of the effects of genetics and environmental factors, especially nutrients, on the development and prevention of obesity, atherosclerosis, and cancer. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
625/725. Human Nutrition Through the Life Cycle. Examination of the role of nutrition and dietary factors on the growth, development, and maintenance of health throughout the human life cycle. Nutritional guidelines/recommendations, special nutritional needs, physiology, and nutritional health concerns for each stage of the human lifecycle beginning with preconception and continuing throughout adulthood and aging.Fall Odd years
626/726. Consumer Issues in Nutrition. Examination of contemporary nutritional issues that affect consumers. Focus on the translation of science to public policy, consumer communications, and food choices. Spring Odd years
630. Maternal Child Health in Pediatric Nutrition This course provides a public health approach to pediatric and MCH nutrition. The focus will be on the translation of evidence based approaches to pediatric nutrition including prevention and intervention. The course will emphasize the interdisciplinary aspects of care in pediatrics by utilizing guest speakers from a variety of disciplines. The course will cover topics and current issues in pediatric nutrition (e.g., obesity, media influences, diversity, food & nutrition policy, and chronic disease prevention and intervention). The development of written and verbal communication skills will also be stressed.
633/733. Laboratory Instruments and Methods in Nutrition Research. Operation, capabilities, and limitations of laboratory instruments. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 1-3 hours.
636/736. Scientific Methods. Investigations in nutrition using animal models and laboratory procedures, design of experiments, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and communication of experimental results. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Spring
650/750. Body Composition and Energy Metabolism. Methods of measurement and relationship to human health and disease. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Summer Even years
680. Journal Club in Clinical Nutrition. Review and critique of current literature in clinical nutrition. 1 hour.
685. Pediatric Pulmonary Care: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Health care delivery to pediatric clients at risk for or compromised by pulmonary disease. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
690. Seminar. Review of current literature and research in nutrition. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 1 hour. Fall , Spring
691. Clinical Practicum: Nutritional Aspects of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. Clinical experiences in evaluation of nutritional status, feeding behavior and food habits of mentally retarded and developmentally disabled children. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 1-6 hours.
692. Clinical Practicum: Community Nutrition. Clinical experiences in health care delivery systems with nutrition components. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 6 hours.
693. Clinical Practicum: Pediatric Nutrition. Clinical experiences in normal growth patterns in children; nutritional needs in health and disease. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 6 hours.
694. Clinical Practicum: General Clinical Research. Clinical experiences in a multidisciplinary research facility involving human subjects. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. 1-6 hours.
695. Special Problems. To meet individual student needs; clinical rotation, review of current literature, completion of defined objectives. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 1-3 hours.
696. Clinical Practicum: Nutritional Support of Pediatric Clients with Pulmonary Problems. Observation of and participation in interdisciplinary team delivery of health care to pediatric patients with pulmonary disease. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 1-6 hours.
697. Clinical Practicum: Nutrition Support Service. Interdisciplinary team delivery of nutrition support to critically ill hospitalized patients and ambulatory patients. 3-6 hours.
698. Master's Nonthesis Research. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 1-6 hours.
699. Master's Thesis Research. Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy and permission of instructor. 1-9 hours.
747. Molecular Biology and Nutrition Sciences. Overview of molecular biology applications in nutrition science research. Examination of basic molecular biology techniques, current usage of molecular biology to solve nutrition problems, and application of biotechnology to study disorders with a nutritional component. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Fall. Even years
769. Race and Ethnic Disparities as a Health Concern Introduction to the identification, measurement and exploration of etiological factors that underlie racial/ethnical disparities in health outcomes.
778. Special Topics in Nutrition Sciences. Fall, spring, summer. 1-5 hours.
788. Advanced Nutrition Seminar. Fall, spring, summer. 1 hour.
798. Doctoral Nondissertation Research. 1-15 hours.
799. Doctoral Dissertation Research. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy. 1-15 hours.