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Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health Nutrition

Expected Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate theoretical and skill-based knowledge of nutrition science needed for public health nutrition practice.
  2. Demonstrate methodological and analytic skills necessary to acquire, analyze, and apply data to enact the core public health functions of assessment, assurance, and policy development, and be able to evaluate nutrition programs and services for populations.
  3. Demonstrate organizational management and leadership skills needed to develop, implement and sustain systems of care, programs and interventions (including preventive and treatment) for improving the nutritional health of populations.
  4. Develop policy and advocacy skills to promote the nutritional health of populations in policies, laws and regulations in public and private sectors.
  5. Develop cultural competency skills to develop programs and services that are responsive to the cultural, social, linguistic, and ethnic diversity of the community.
  6. Uphold ethics and professionalism in Public Health Nutrition Research.
  7. Think critically, creatively and solve problems in their field of study.
  8. Demonstrate commitment to the nutrition and dietetic discipline including individual and collective professional development.


Programme Courses

Year One Semester 1

PPN 811

Nutrition in Developing Countries                             

PPN 812

Fundamentals of Public Health Nutrition

PPN 813

Maternal and Child Nutrition                                                   

PPN 814

Health and Nutrition Assessment Methods                            

PCN 815

Research Methodology 

PCN 816

Public Health Nutrition Practice                                            

PCN 816

Nutrition Epidemiology                                                            


Year One Semester 2

Course Code

Course Title

PCN 821

Health Promotion and Intervention

PCN 822

Community Based Nutrition                                        

PCN 823

Food Security and Nutrition in Emergencies

PCN 824

Graduate Seminar                                                    

PCN 825

Statistics in Nutrition Research

PCN 826

Ethics in Public Health Nutrition

PCN 827

Epidemiology and Public Health Nutrition



Year Two Semester 1

Course Code

Course Title

PCN 899

Thesis I


Year Two Semester 2

Course Code

Course Title

PCN 899

Thesis II


Programme Requirement

To be admitted to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health Nutrition programme applicants must satisfy the minimum university entrance requirements.

Candidates holding an MSc in community nutrition, nutrition and dietetics from recognized institutions with the minimum university entrance requirements also qualify for admission.


Duration of the Programme

Duration for Doctor of Philosophy in Community Nutrition and Development programme in the university is three (3) academic years.


Degree Structure
The program offers courses within the degree structure spelled out by the Faculty.

Course Structure

  1. Course work must include at least 1 unit of Research methodology.


  1. The PhD degree in Public Health Nutrition shall consist of a minimum of a maximum of 6 core units of coursework, examination and thesis distributed over two semesters as below:

              PhD by Coursework and Thesis

              First Semester: Coursework:                                        6 units max

              Second Semester: Coursework:                      6 units max

              Research Proposal                                           1 unit

              Third Semester: Research                               2 units

              Fourth Semester: Research                               2 units

              Fifth Semester: Research                                 2 units

              Sixth Semester: Research/Thesis submission 4 units


  1. During the coursework semesters, students shall be encouraged to propose prospective supervisors to the Chairperson DPGSC, from amongst the postgraduate faculty in the department.
  2. The candidate shall submit a thesis research proposal to the DPGSC within 4 weeks of the next semester following completion of coursework.
  3. Within two days of proposal receipt, the DPGSC Chairperson shall forward the proposal to the Chairperson, SPGSC who will convene a proposal presentation seminar that must be attended by all postgraduate faculty of the department concerned and chairpersons of DPGSC in the Faculty or their representatives. All postgraduate studies faculty shall be invited to the presentations. The Chairperson, SPGSC/representative shall chair the presentations.
  4. The processing of the submitted thesis research proposal from the DPGSC to School of Graduate Studies shall take a maximum of four (4) weeks.
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