Program Description

The Nutrition, PhD degree program will provide the advanced knowledge, skills, and competencies required to meet the increasing needs of public health nutrition in the areas of program management, leadership, and research. The program offers training for a career where advanced analytical and conceptual capabilities are required - teaching, research, consultation, and top-level administration. Student research and the dissertation are key components in developing critical thinking related to public health nutrition. Traditionally, research in the Department of Nutrition has focused on the roles plant-based dietary practices play in the health and disease status of individuals.

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Program Length

3 to 5 years (12 to 20 quarters)

Possible Careers

Nutritional Consultant, University Professor, Nutrition Programming Director

Admissions Requirements

  1. Master's degree in nutrition preferred; or an M.S. or M.P.H. degree with completion of all prerequisite courses; or a health professional degree at the master's level or higher (M.D. or equivalent)
  2. Transcripts from all universities attended
  3. Three letters of reference
  4. Official GRE scores (scores in the 40th percentile and above in each of the three test sections is considered competitive)
  5. GPA of 3.5 or higher


  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Advanced biochemistry (may be taken concurrently with the program)
  • General chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2023-2024

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Tuition $27,000 $30,000 $9,000 $6,000
Fees $2,985 $3,980 $3,980 $3,980
Books & Supplies $1,050
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $31,035 $33,980 $12,980 $9,980


Expected costs for the 2023-2024 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2023-2024, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Months enrolled 9 12 12 12
Room & Board
Personal Expenses


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.