College of Health
Address: 214 Health Physical Education and Recreation North Building
Department Chair: Scott Summers, Ph.D.
Vice-Chair: Julie Metos, Ph.D.
The Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology (NUIP) houses an active group of researchers, educators, and trainees dedicated to understanding how maintenance of metabolic health combats the development and progression of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Their faculty maintain active engagement with other programs within the Health Sciences Center and endeavor to translate new research findings into clinical procedures and community outreach programs that improve quality of life. The department offers degree programs that train biomedical scientists, research scholars, and/or clinical dietitians. They strive to implement active, team-based learning strategies in all of our programs in order to transition students to a mode of learning ideally suited for lifelong careers as leaders in healthcare.
Our department offers a Nutrition Minor that can be earned in association with a variety of different degrees. Details can be found in Program and Course Offerings section.
The Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology offers two graduate degrees.Please see the Nutrition & Integrative Physiology M.S. and Ph.D. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.
- PhD in Nutrition and Integrative Physiology. The department launched its inaugural PhD program in August of 2016. The rigorous program trains research scientists and academic scholars on the fundamentals of translational bioscience, enabling them to take research findings from bench-to-bedside. The degree, which can be include an emphasis in either (a) Nutrition or (b) Integrative Physiology, takes 4 to 5 years to complete and culminates with the development of a written thesis and oral dissertation defense.
- MS in Nutrition and Integrative Physiology (non-RDN). The department also enrolls students with undergraduate degrees in dietetics, health science, or a related area. The online program provides advanced education in nutritional biochemistry, macro- and micro-nutrient metabolism and research methods. The program is designed to students that are bachelor’s trained dietitians, but would also be available for graduates of other degree programs with a general interest in the topic area. The degree can be earned with an emphasis in either Nutrition or Integrative Physiology.
- MS in Nutrition and Integrative Physiology (for prospective RDNs). The department’s coordinated master’s program incorporates clinical practice into its MS program, preparing entry level dietitians that practice in clinical and community nutrition programs to advance the science and practice of dietetics. Graduates of this program, which is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, have an exceptionally high pass rate on the national exam for registered dieticians. The program takes 2 years to complete and offers concentrations in (a) Nutrition, Education and Research and (b) Sports Nutrition.
Prerequisites and Transfers
A maximum of nine semester hours may be transferred from another institution and a maximum of 12 semester hours may be taken as a non-matriculated University of Utah student, if recommended by the student’s supervisory committee. Undergraduate prerequisite courses in biology, chemistry, nutrition, economics, writing, mathematics, psychology, and sociology are required for admission. An undergraduate degree in nutrition is not a prerequisite for admission to this program. For additional information see the division website www.health.utah.edu/nutrition-integrative-physiology.
The College of Health is part of the Health Sciences Center, which includes the School of Medicine and colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy. An interdisciplinary approach to health is emphasized. The student has the opportunity to obtain additional instruction and guidance from the faculty in medicine, public health, biochemistry, and pharmacy.
Program and Course Offerings
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