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The Division of Nutritional Sciences is the interdisciplinary program for graduate education in nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Students participate in a comprehensive program of study leading to M.S., Ph.D. M.D./Ph.D. and Ph.D./MPHdegrees, alone or in combination with the AND-accredited Graduate Dietetic Internship program, leading to the registration in dietetics (R.D.).  The M.D./Ph.D. combination is available to qualified applicants through the Medical Scholars Program in the College of Medicine.

To date, the Division of Nutritional Sciences has conferred over 425 graduate degrees. After graduation, our alumni receive well-paying, challenging positions. Our M.S. degree recipients often continue on for further education in medical school or graduate school. Others step directly into employment positions as clinical dietitians, nutrition consultants, instructors in 2-year and 4-year colleges, research associates in university, industry or government (e.g. NIH) laboratories.

Our doctoral degree recipients usually start their postgraduate careers as postdoctoral fellows or in medical school, often in the Medical Scholars Program (M.D./Ph.D.) at the University of Illinois. Most of our Ph.D. alumni either hold faculty positions at prestigious academic institutions or are employed as research program directors in the food and nutrition industry. Several have started their own companies or are involved in private consulting.

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