Nutritional Sciences (MS)
Graduate Chair


Rachel Novotny

 Agricultural Sciences 216
1955 East West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
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Nutritional Sciences Graduate Studies


Under Plan A, a total of 30 credits must be completed including:

  • 10 credits of Thesis Research,
  • 2 credits of Directed Reading and Research, and
  • 18 credits of coursework, at least 12 of which must be at the 600-level

This option requires passing:

  1. An oral qualifying exam of basic knowledge related to the nutritional sciences (RUBRIC HERE)
  2. A final examination based on the thesis. (RUBRIC HERE)

All students are also required to have one semester of teaching assistant experience either as a paid Teaching Assistant (TA) or by participating in a graduate student instructional experience.  FSHN 681 Seminar in Food and Nutritional Sciences ust be taken at least four (4) times, including at least two (2) times for a letter grade (A-F).  FSHN 681 can be taken credit/no credit the other times.  Only two (2) credits of FSHN 681 can be applied to meet the MS degree requirements.

Required Coursework:

  • FSHN 601 (2) The Science of  Food Systems
  • FSHN 681 (1) Seminar in Food and Nutritional Sciences
  • FSHN 689 (3) Nutritional Epidemiology or PH 748 (3) Chronic Disease Epidemiology, or PH 663 (3) Principles of Epidemiology 
  • FSHN 685 (3) Nutrition and Disease:  Cellular and Molecular Aspects, or FSHN 784 (3) Dietary Fiber, Bioactive Food Components and Health
  • one course in statistics at the 400-level or above (3 credits)
  • At least one of the following nutrition electives:
    • FSHN 682 (1) Topics in Nutritional Sciences
    • FSHN 686 (3) Advanced Child and Adolescent Nutrition
    • PH 684 (2) Supplemental and Nutritional Approaches in Disease Prevention and Treatment
    • PH 688 (3)  Indigenous Food Systems, Environment and Health
    • FSHN 784 (3)  Dietary Fiber, Bioactive Food Components and Health, or FSHN 685 (3) Nutrition and Disease:  Cellular and Molecular Aspects
    • FSHN 785 (1) Seminar in Diet and Cancer
  • Advisor-approved program electives to reach 18 credits of coursework


A thesis comprising original work must be submitted to the members of the thesis committee at least two (2) weeks prior to the final examination.  The student must follow Graduate Division Guidelines for general format and binding of the thesis.  Students should consult with their thesis advisor about the style of their thesis.  The thesis committee must approve the thesis in its final form after any revisions have been made following the final exam.  Approval of the thesis is given when the committee signs the thesis signature page.

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