Nutritional Sciences

Answering the Demand for Highly Trained Nutritional Scientists

The impact of nutrition on health and disease has produced major clinical and public policy challenges that are shaping research and career opportunities for highly trained nutritional scientists in academia, industry and government. Disease prevention efforts, increased health consciousness, and an aging population are further fueling the demand for nutritional scientists.

The interdisciplinary Division of Nutritional Sciences enables students in its PhD and Master’s of Science programs to explore the interrelationship between environmental factors and nutrients, and their effect on biochemistry, physiology and disease development. More than 60 faculty members provide teaching and individualized research guidance across 28 departments and divisions at the University of Kentucky’s Colleges of Medicine, Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Nursing and Agriculture, as well as the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education.

One of the Division’s primary areas of research and training targets nutrition and chronic diseases, with a focus on obesity and associated disorders of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Other specialty areas include nutrition and oxidative stress, nutrition and aging, clinical nutrition, animal nutrition and food science.

The graduate program on Nutritional Sciences at the University of Kentucky was recently ranked in the top 25% of all nutrition programs by the National Research Council.


Applicants for the PhD and Master’s of Science programs must meet admissions requirements for both the University of Kentucky Graduate School and the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, Division of Nutritional Sciences. Detailed application information for both the PhD Program and the MS Program is outlined on this site.

The Graduate School will not process any applications unless application fees have been paid in full and the applications have been fully completed. Please note that there are no specific formats for the reference letters, essays or CVs.


Director of Graduate Studies
Howard P. Glauert, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences
University of Kentucky
124 MDR3 (Multidisciplinary Research Building 3)
700 South Limestone St.
Lexington, KY  40536-0200
Telephone:  859-257-7789
FAX:  859-257-3646

Director of Nutritional Sciences Division
Nancy R. Webb, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences
Tel: (859) 218-1385
Fax: (859) 257-3646
535 Charles T. Wethington Building
Lexington, KY 40536-0200