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Welcome to the Program in Nutrition
Nutrition is an exciting field. Our graduates work in a variety of settings through a variety of modalities such as counseling one-on-one, educating groups, implementing activities in organizations and communities and on the internet, working in the area of food and food systems as well as participating in public health program planning and policy development.
Prospective Students: Mandatory Information Sessions
We ask all prospective students to begin the information-gathering process by participating in an audio (telephone) information session hosted by Dr. Lora Sporny of the Program in Nutrition. Each two to three-hour information session includes an overview of the Program in Nutrition, the application process (including prerequisite courses), the Dietetic Internship Program, and DPD courses for Dietetic Internship eligibility. During each information session you will have an opportunity to ask questions and receive individualized responses.
Audio sessions are the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month from 9:00am until 11:00am eastern standard time (i.e., New York City time).
Master of Science: Nutrition & Education
The Nutrition and Education 45-credit master's degree prepares graduates to work with individuals, groups, and communities in many settings, such as health promotion programs, health agencies, government and international agencies, businesses, hospitals, and private practice. The master's degree program also prepares graduates to serve as resource specialists and curriculum developers in schools, businesses, and universities.
Master of Science: Nutrition & Public Health
The Program in Nutrition and Public Health is an approved program of the Association of Faculties of Graduate Programs in Public Health Nutrition. Coursework for the 47-credit master’s degree conforms to the recommendations of that association, so that the degree is equivalent to one offered by a school of public health.
Master of Science: Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
The Program in Nutrition and the Program in Applied Physiology offer a joint course of study leading to a 55-credit master’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (NEP). In addition to the core courses in nutrition, students are required to take core courses in applied physiology.
Master of Education: Community Nutrition Education
The program of study for the 60-point Master of Education degree in Community Nutrition Education includes additional coursework in advanced nutrition and permits stronger emphases in the behavioral sciences, community assessment and planning, and education. A community-based, research, or other integrative project is required.
Doctor of Philosophy
The program prepares scholars to conduct research on the critical issues related to:determinants of health behaviors related to nutrition and to physical activity; relationships among food- and nutrition-related behaviors and health outcomes using techniques of behavioral epidemiology;design and implementation of theory-based behavioral nutrition and physical activity interventions; methodological considerations in the design and evaluation of interventions.
Doctor of Education
The program’s goal is to turn out graduates capable of (a) initiating needed action and responding positively and creatively to the clearly inevitable changes of the coming decades in the physical, intellectual, and political environments in which the food, health, and educational systems operate and (b) conducting research and evaluation studies using appropriate designs and data collection and analysis methods.
More From Nutrition
Program Director: Professor Isobel R. Contento
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street New York, NY 10027
Contact Person: Professor Isobel R. ContentoPhone: (212)678-3130, (212) 678-3950 Fax: (212) 678-8259
Congratulations to our 2018 Doctoral Graduates!
Congratulations, graduates! Read all about the work of our doctoral students in our Doctoral Student Update.
Vigilant Adherence to Celiac Diet Linked with Lower Quality of Life
People with celiac disease who are extremely vigilant about not ingesting gluten may have a reduced perception about their quality of life...
New Study: Creating Healthy Food Environments at Home
A new study in the Maternal and Child Health Journal by Program in Nutrition alumna Dr Hersh Luesse suggests targeted communication methods for helping parents overcome the unique challenges they face in creating healthy food environments for their children. Read more here.
New Study: Nutrition Educators Should Meet Students Where They’re At
A new study in Translational Behavioral Medicine by Program in Nutrition alumna Dr Marissa Burgermaster challenges the “one size fits all” approach to childhood obesity prevention programs. Read more here.
New Position Statement on Integrated, Comprehensive Nutrition in Schools
Food and nutrition play an integral role in schools from the cafeteria to the classroom to gardens and beyond according to a joint position paper of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, School Nutrition Association, and Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, co-authored by Program in Nutrition faculty member Dr. Isobel Contento.