Doctor of Clinical Nutrition (DCN)


The Doctor of Clinical Nutrition requires 48 credit hours for completion and includes an applied research project focused on nutrition and dietetics or within the applicant’s workplace. All degree requirements must be completed within a maximum of 5 years. A cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 must be maintained for all UTMB's graduate course work.

Degree Plan

Total Degree Plan Credits: 48 Credits

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Nutrition Core Courses
NUTR 6300Advanced & Applied Regulation of Human Metabolism3
NUTR 6301Advanced Concepts in Clinical Nutrition3
NUTR 6302Current Topics in Nutrition Science3
NUTR 6303Advanced & Applied Behavior Counseling and Theories3
NUTR 6305Advanced Quality and Informatics I3
NUTR 6306Advanced Quality and Informatics II3
NUTR 6307Nutrition & Chronic Disease 3
NUTR 6110Ethics in Clinical Practice1
Total: 22 Credit Hours
Research Core Courses
NUTR 6217Applied Evidence Based Practice2
NUTR 6308Research Methods & Application3
NUTR 6309Advanced Statistics3
Total: 8 Credit Hours
Elective Courses

6 credit hour minimum

NUTR 6310Dietetics Leadership in the Health Care System3
NUTR 6311Dietetics For Public Health3
NUTR 6312Health Promotion Program Planning3
NUTR 5303Health Care Policy for Clinicians3
NUTR 5320Developing Educational Materials3
NUTR 5323Technology Clinical Simulation3
Total: 18 Credit Hours
Doctoral Project Courses
NUTR 6313Pre-Doctoral Project3
NUTR 6314Doctoral Project I3
NUTR 6315Doctoral Project II3
NUTR 6316Doctoral Research Seminar3
Total: 12 Credit Hours

Doctoral Research Project

The Scholarly Doctoral Project (sometimes referred to as a doctoral research project), is the culminating work in the DCN program. Students synthesize the knowledge and skills gained in courses to identify a nutritional, clinical practice problem or need and develop an evidence-based approach to address this issue. The project must be relevant, practice based, and address the need(s) of a vulnerable population or work environment. The result should demonstrate a change or improvement in practice or work environment.

Students will complete a planned and approved research project that is guided by an advisor, student-directed, and designed to enhance the ability to apply graduate knowledge to achieve tangible and relevant professional outcomes.

All aspects of a translational research project will be included (i.e., planning, data collection, analysis and interpretation of results, preparation, and oral presentation of the project). The goal is to write a manuscript suitable for publication. Collaborative interprofessional patient care projects are also strongly encouraged.

Students actively working on their research project must maintain active enrollment each semester while in the research phase by enrolling in suitable courses (NUTR 6313-6316).

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