Community Nutrition & Health Promotion

Community Nutrition & Health Promotion Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

This area of study involves course work and research in nutrition and health education for consumers and is designed to meet the needs of registered dietitians and certified health educators. Selection of specific courses is flexible and will be tailored to match your career goals.

Degree Requirements

  • Minimum of 90 semester hours of credit, including 12-55 hours of dissertation.

  • At least one-half of the required work must be completed at the University of Nebraska after filing the Program of Studies for the Doctoral Degree.

  • At least one-half of the required work, including the dissertation, must be taken in the student’s major area of study (i.e., courses having the prefix NUTR). The remaining work may be in supporting courses in the same or in related departments, or in a minor field of study outside of the major department or area.

  • The student’s Supervisory Committee is not obligated to accept credits beyond the masters degree which were completed prior to the Committee’s appointment.

  • Minor field of study must include at least 16 semester hours, with 6 hours in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).

  • Additional requirements depend on degree option selected in this program.

Associated Faculty

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Weiwen Chai Associate Professor

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Virginia Chaidez Assistant Professor

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Lisa Franzen-Castle Associate Professor, Extension Nutrition Specialist

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Georgia Jones Associate Professor, Extension Food Specialist

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Megan S. Kelley Assistant Professor

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Heather Rasmussen

Heather Rasmussen Associate Professor, Future Education Model Graduate Program Director

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Mary Willis Professor

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Sample Courses