University of Michigan - Department of Nutritional Sciences

Why you should consider this program

Nutritional Sciences pursues new knowledge about diet and human nutrition to improve public health and advance our understanding of contemporary nutrition issues. There is growing national and global interest in nutritional sciences, with intensifying research and scholarship related to topics like obesity, chronic disease risks, food safety and security, global hunger and undernutrition, and the environmental and health impacts of agriculture.

At Michigan Public Health, you'll conduct collaborative, interdisciplinary research that provides innovative solutions to a variety of nutrition-related problems. From nutrigenomics and epigenetics to the clinical and community translation of nutritional sciences, our faculty provide a breadth of knowledge, skills, research opportunities, and field experience to students seeking a robust curriculum in cellular, physiological, epidemiological, global, and public health nutrition.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 58,212 $ 29,106 $ 29,106
Out of state $ 95,740 $ 47,870 $ 47,870
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

50% tuition waiver

Fellowships awarded per year (average)

One (1)

Other benefits or opportunities

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 11,198

Application fee waived?



The primary purpose of the internship is to help the student learn how to apply theory and principles to the realities of work situations and to develop and expand professional skills and competencies essential to these tasks. The student will explore areas of interest and become acquainted with agencies, community and other organizations engaged in Nutritional Sciences-related work. Each NS MPH student is required to complete 318 hours of an internship between years 1 and 2 of the degree program. Students intern at local food banks, health departments, community gardens and clinics, summer feeding programs and other underserved domestic areas.

Jobs for program alumni

  • Regulatory Claims Specialist Abbott Nutritionals OH
  • Wellness RD Ohio State University Extension OH
  • Program Coordinator Sam Houston State University TX
  • Project Administrator Seton Health Alliance ACO TX
  • Dietitian Odessa Brown Children's Clinic, Seattle Children's Hospital WA
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy Supervisor Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic WA
  • Clinical Study Coordinator Investigational Weight Management Clinic, University of Michigan MI
  • Culinary and Nutrition Support Specialist University of Michigan Dining Services MI
  • Regulatory Health Project Manager Food and Drug Administration MD
  • Adjunct Faculty Madonna University MI
  • Administrative Fellow Trinity Health MI
  • Assistant Director American House MI
  • Assistant Professor Eastern Michigan University MI
  • Health Promotion Specialist University of South Florida FL
  • Health Scientist Centers for Disease Control & Prevention GA
  • Wellness Program Coordinator University of California, Berkley CA
  • Wellness Specialist Weld County School District 6 CO
  • Exercise Physiologist and Dietitian Nutrition Obesity Research Center, UAB AL
  • Clinical Dietitian Liver Transplantation, Keck Hospital of USC CA

Other details

Program length

Two (2) years

Application requirements

  • Transcripts
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • GRE scores (or MCAT)
  • Prerequisites in: calculus, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and human physiology.

Admissions process

Check the box for RPCV and indicate in your personal statement that you would like to be considered for the Coverdell Fellowship. After you have been admitted to the NS department, we will inform you of whether or not you have been selected as a Coverdell Fellow.

Program begins

Early September

Non-traditional options

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Susan Aaronson, Program Manager, Lecturer & DPD Director

1451 Washington Heights
Room 1854
Ann Arbor, MI 48109