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Institute of Human Nutrition Columbia University

  • New York, NY
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 64%36%
    student ratio
  • 100
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


The Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University

The Institute of Human Nutrition (IHN) traces its roots back to 1948, when groundwork was laid for a graduate training center devoted to combatting malnutrition worldwide. Today, the IHN is dedicated to providing academic, professional education and training programs in human nutrition, and conducting basic science and translational research on the role of nutrition in human health. In addition, the IHN provides training to physicians and other health specialists, as well as students seeking positions in leading universities and research centers.

Graduate Programs at the Institute of Human Nutrition

The IHN offers 4 graduate degree programs designed to prepare students for a variety of healthcare careers.

The Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition is a 12-month, 33-credit program that provides students with strong foundations for their pursuit of advanced education or laboratory training. The MS degree is designed to develop the student¿s nutrition science knowledge, capacity for critical thinking, and ability to integrate nutrition into their further training and practice as a health professional.

The MS Program for Health Professionals is a part-time program for health professionals interested in developing a more thorough grounding in nutrition. The program combines online activities with on-ground lectures, workshops, and guided discussions. Workshops address such topics as cognitive behavioral therapy, harm reduction, health literacy, motivational interviewing, and psychodynamics. The 2- to 3-year program is specifically designed to meet the academic and scheduling needs of practicing clinicians.

IHN also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nutrition and Metabolic Biology. The PhD program uses rigorous training to prepare students for bench research leading to an independent dissertation. Electives are offered by 9 departments, including the Departments of Biostatistics, Genetics and Development, Microbiology, and Pharmacology. PhD students are also awarded a Master of Arts (MA) and a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) upon completion of certain program requirements.

The combined MS-PhD program is designed to prepare individuals for teaching, research, and leadership positions in nutrition programs around the world. The degree can be completed in a minimum of 6 years. The program is taught collaboratively with the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Postdoctoral Training Program in Nutrition and Population Health

The IHN also offers an interdisciplinary postdoctoral training program in basic nutrition sciences and population health. The program combines mentored, didactic, and independent research experiences, and allows trainees to earn MS degrees in their complementary discipline during the course of the program. The program hosts 32 faculty mentors from 19 area departments, institutes, or centers. It is funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney disease, and is offered in collaboration with Columbia's Imprints Center for Genetic and Environmental Lifecourse Studies and the Division of Developmental Neuroscience at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.


Research is a fundamental component of all IHN degree programs and initiatives. IHN hosts 8 collaborative and multidisciplinary research centers, including the Arteriosclerosis Research Center, Cardiovascular Research Initiative (CVRI), Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, Imprints Center for Genetic and Environmental Lifecourse Studies, Irving Center for Clinical Research, Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, and Obesity Research Center. All centers offer students access to a complete range of laboratories conducting research in biochemistry, cell biology, nutritional epidemiology, physiology, and public health.

For instance, the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center offers state-of-the-art clinical care and comprehensive services for patients with diabetes mellitus. The CVRI was developed as part of the initiative to place the Columbia University Medical Center among the top 5 researchers in cardiovascular medicine in the nation. It allows Columbia to enhance existing programs that lead to better therapies and cures for a variety of diseases, from arrhythmias and heart failure to high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.

Outstanding Faculty Members at the Institute of Human Nutrition

IHN faculty members are cutting edge researchers and educators devoted to providing broad and deep training. The faculty includes 34 members of the Columbia Nutritional and Metabolic Biology doctoral program, along with several distinguished adjuncts and many guest lecturers from a variety of academic and professional settings.

For instance, Dr. Michael D. Gershon has been elected to the American Clinical and Climatological Association and was selected as the distinguished lecturer for the American Physiological Society's Gastrointestinal and Liver Section. Dr. Gerard Karsenty has been awarded the Richard Lounsberry Award by the National Academy of Science, and the Jacobaeus Award in Endocrinology and Metabolism by the Danish Novo Nordisk Foundation. Dr. Sharon R. Akabas is a recipient of the Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. The Director of the Institute of Human Nutrition, Dr. Richard Deckelbaum, is an appointed member of the Food and Nutrition Board, a committee of the Institute of Medicine that studies nutritional issues concerning the US food supply, its safety and adequacy, and its implications at the national and global level. In 2011, he also received the McGill University¿s Medicine Alumni Global Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Global Health Education Consortium.

Financial Aid Opportunities for Students in the Institute of Human Nutrition

Columbia University offers graduate students several financing options when planning and managing their educational expenses. Institutional aid includes low-cost loans. PhD students are provided with full tuition, fees, and a stipend. Interschool fellowships are annual, need-based institutional awards. Examples include the Clifford and Siegfried Upton Scholarship for children of the Houghton-Mifflin Company and the Vladimir and Olga Poder Fund for Estonian-speaking students.

Columbia University -- A Tradition of Excellence

Columbia University is the oldest college in New York State and the 5th oldest university in the nation. It was founded in 1754 as King's College by royal charter of King George II of England to support the brightest students in colonial society. Today, Columbia is a world-renowned center of research and a distinguished learning environment. Programs use the school's location in New York City to support research and teaching on global issues and to create academic relationships with many prestigious institutions, businesses, regions, and countries. Columbia University is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The Columbia University Medical Center is located off Broadway in the Washington Heights neighborhood.

Location & Contact

Institute of Human Nutrition

Columbia University

630 West 168th Street, PH 15 East, Room 1512
New York, NY 10032
United States

Dr. Richard Deckelbaum

Dr. Sharon Akabas

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Public Health/Master of Science (MPH/MS)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 57
    • Doctoral Degrees 3
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


55% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 228
    • Accepted 127
    • Acceptance Rate 55
    • Enrolled 74
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $95
    • Application Fee - International $95
    • Electronic applications accepted? No
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline April 15th April 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 15th November 15th Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, MCAT
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 4
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Traineeships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students100
    • Female Percentage64%
    • Male Percentage36%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students100
    • Part-time Percentage2%
    • Full-time Percentage98%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American8%
    • White / Caucasian60%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian29%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty46
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage48%
    • Male Percentage52%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchGrowth and development, nutrition and metabolism, community nutrition
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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