FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Doctor of Philosophy in Dietetics and Nutrition


The Ph.D. program in Dietetics & Nutrition prepares graduates to assume leadership roles in research, academia, government agencies, private industry and community-based organizations. FIU graduates have been successful in securing dynamic positions in universities, government and public programs. If you would rather be self-employed, a Ph.D. is also the perfect credential to increase your stature and earning potential as a consultant.

All Dietetics & Nutrition Ph.D. students will complete a 15-credit Research and Methods Core. In addition, each student will also develop, in consultation with his/her Dissertation Committee, an individualized plan of study for his/her advanced coursework in Dietetics & Nutrition Science.

The plan of study may also include graduate courses from other departments in the SSPH or elsewhere in the university, as appropriate to achieve individual educational and research objectives. This degree requires a minimum of 55 credits after a M.S. or 75 credits after a B.S. degree.

Our doctoral program allows students to study and work side-by-side with nationally known educators, researchers and practitioners who serve as mentors. The Department of Dietetics & Nutrition has state-of-the-art laboratories for both research and teaching.

However, most of our faculty also conducts research off campus in community-based settings, i.e., acute and long-term care facilities, congregate meal sites, and home care settings.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the University's general graduate admissions requirements:

  1. Students must filled out an admissions application through:
  2. A four year bachelor's degree or equivalent from a nationally accredited institution or, in the case of foreign students, from a well-established institution of higher learning that is authorized to grant degrees by appropriate authorities in that country.
  3. Students with backgrounds in Nutrition, Dietetics, Biology, Chemistry, Biological and Biomedical Sciences are welcome to apply.
    A minimum of a 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 Grade Point Average (on the last 60 undergraduate upper division hours).
  4. A graduate degree from a nationally accredited institution.
    Official GRE Scores (scores must be no more than five years old). Nationally-normed exam scores should be at or above the 60th percentile (e.g. 1120 combined verbal and quantitative scores on the GRE).
  5. Official Transcripts from Accredited Institutions.
  6. Official Proof of Degree.
  7. Updated Resume.
    Three letters of recommendations – preferably from past faculty members.
  8. Letter of Intent or written statement of purpose – explaining goals, expectations and previous experience in the field of study.

International Applicants:

  1. Must submit documents mentioned above.
  2. Official Translations in the English Language for Non-English transcripts/documents.
  3. International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or 7.0 overall on the IELTS is required.
  4. Must complete the Declaration of Finances Form located in
    Must submit official bank letters.
  5. Must submit Financial Sponsor Letter.
  6. International Students (currently in the USA) must submit their F1-Transfer Forms located in

All documents must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions:
Florida International University 
Graduate Admissions Office
PO Box 659004
Miami, FL 33265-9004

For Overnight/Courier Services mail to:

Florida International University 
Graduate Admissions Office 
11200 S.W. 8 St. PC 230
Miami, FL 33199
305-348-7441 fax


Department of Dietetics & Nutrition

Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus, AHC5 312
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

Phone: 305-348-2879
Fax: 305-348-1996
Email: (B.S. program information) (M.S. program information) (Ph.D. program information)

Fatma G. Huffman, Ph.D., R.D.
Professor and Chair

Laurie Holmes
Office Manager
Phone: 305-348-2879

Julia Gonzalez-Pampin, M.S.
Graduate Student Services Administrator
Phone: 305-348-4902

Denise Medrano, M.S.
Academic Advisor 
Phone: 305-348-7776 

Ginelle Bou Nassar
Program Assistant
Phone: 305-348-2878

Joan A. Marn, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.
Clinical Instructor and Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics
Phone: 305-348-7303