Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: Nutritional Sciences

The Nutritional Sciences PhD program at the College of Food and Agriculture is within the common framework of the UAE University Ph.D. Program. The objectives of the program are to provide students with (1) expertise in the fundamental principles of modern nutritional science, (2) detailed conceptual and technical skills in the identified area of specialized research interest, (3) strong written and oral communication skills, and (4) the opportunity to conduct dissertation research that will contribute to the body of knowledge in nutrition. The faculty recognizes that the career goal of each student must be given maximum consideration in the design of individual programs of study. Nutritional Sciences students will follow the curriculum described in the Nutritional Sciences PhD program. Students with extensive prior training in nutrition, such as master’s degree holders, may petition the Graduate Committee to evaluate modification of the curriculum.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Will have performed and defended an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Will be able to communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Will demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 58 hours

Program Requirements:

Part 1: General Requirements (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ETHC600Ethical Conduct in Medical Research1.000
STAT615Design/Analysis of Experiments3.000
PHY601Human Physiology 12.000
PHY602Human Physiology 22.000
COFA650Graduate Seminar1.000

Part 2: Concentration Requirements (11.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM641Advanced Biochemistry II3.000
NUTR805Advanced Macronutrient Metabolism3.000
NUTR820Advanced Micronutrient Metabolism4.000
NUTR830Human Nutrition Assessment3.000

Part 3: Elective Requirements (8.00 hours)

Credit Hours
NUTR705Advanced Community Nutrition3.000
NUTR707Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy3.000
NUTR710Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods2.000
NUTR720Nutritional Immunology2.000
NUTR730Cell Biology in Health and Disease2.000
NUTR740Exercise and Health2.000

Part 4: Qualification Requirements (0.00 hours)

Credit Hours
NUTR800Comprehensive Exam0.000
NUTR810Research Proposal0.000

Part 5: Research Requirements (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
NUTR900Dissertation Research0.000 - 30.000
NUTR910Dissertation Defense0.000