The Ph.D. program in Nutrition Sciences provides training and research experiences in classical nutrition, clinical nutrition, nutrition and disease prevention, and metabolism of nutrients. Students in the program learn the science of nutrition as it relates to maintaining the health of individuals and populations, as well as to the care and treatment of individuals with a variety of diseases.
Areas of study include the following:
- experimental design;
- nutritional biochemistry;
- energy requirements;
- body composition;
- geriatric nutrition;
- community nutrition; and
- disease prevention.
There are several specific areas of emphasis in research including:
- nutritional support of the hospitalized patient;
- nutrition and the prevention of cancer and atherosclerosis;
- energy metabolism and body composition;
- molecular and population genetics; and
- vitamin and mineral metabolism.
The length of study for the Ph.D. program is two years of coursework plus two or more years for research. Students usually complete the program within five years.
José R. Fernández, Ph. D.
UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences
1530 3rd AVE S
Birmingham, AL 35294-3360
Telephone: (205) 975-2029
Fax: (205) 934-7050