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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Human Nutrition

Core Competencies

1.  Explore and examine public health nutrition problems in their biological, social, cultural, behavioral and epidemiological context. 
2.  Examine how nutrient metabolism and specific nutrient functions in body systems apply to disease in human populations
3.  Critically analyze and evaluate the reliability and validity of indicators of nutritional status (anthropometry, biochemical markers), and measures of dietary intake and food related behaviors, for assessment of individuals, groups, or populations for various purposes
4.  Evaluate existing evidence in review of peer reviewed literature to frame a research question to address a nutrition problem in terms of study goals and specific aims, study design and methods to address the aims 
5. Evaluate policy options to address food and nutrition-related health problems considering the policy process, stakeholder engagement, advocacy, and economic considerations