The understanding of metabolic and nutritional diseases requires integrating molecular biology, genomics, proteomics and metabolomics into collaborative efforts to unravel the complex reguation of metabolic pathways.  And while nutrition remains an underlying cause of many human diseases, nutritional therapies hold tremendous potential in resolving many of these diseases. Therefore, the need for nutrition research and the need for trained researchers has never been both so great.

Students who plan to pursue an academic career which includes teaching and research either in the Basic Science of or in the Applied components of Nutrition, need to complete a Doctoral Degree.

The CWRU PhD Program in Nutrition is individualized in order to meet the goals of the student.  Faculty members within the department are also available for guidance and mentoring.


The PhD degree in Nutrition is awarded for STUDY and RESEARCH in NUTRITION

• The concentration TRACK offered is in Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism


Dr. Danny MANOR (Associate Professor)
Phone:  (216) 368-6230
Email:  dxm178@case.edu


Admissions to the PhD in Nutrition program are obtained through:

  • The integrated Biomedical Scientist Training Program (BSTP)

  • The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

  • or by direct admission to the department


To earn a PhD in Nutrition, a student must:

(A) Complete rotations in at least three laboratories

(B) Select a research advisor

(C) Complete the Core and Elective coursework, including Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), as described in the plan of study.



Each graduate program follows the overall regulations established and described in CWRU Graduate Studies and documented to the Regents of the State of Ohio.

Completion of the PhD degree will require 36 coursework hours:
  -  24 hrs >> Graded.
  -  18 hrs >> NTRN 701_ Dissertation Ph.D. (18 Credits) 
                Prereq:  Predoctoral Research Consent or  Advanced to Ph.D. Candidacy Milestone.

  • In addition, each student must successfully complete a qualifier examination for advancement to candidacy - in the form of a short grant proposal with oral defense.

  • During the dissertation period, students are expected to meet twice a year with the thesis committee, present seminars in the department, and fulfill journal publication requirements.

  • Throughout the doctoral training, students are expected to take part in seminars, journal clubs, and research meetings in the lab and in the program itself.



Prospective students interested in our program will apply through the School of Graduate Studies.

Detailed information on (1) University requirements and (2) the application procedure can be found HERE.

The preferred method of applying is online through ApplyYourself Application Network.






          Prospective students interested in our program will apply through the School of Graduate Studies.

  • MD/MS Biomedical Investigation-Nutrition Track

A track of the MD/MS dual degree program which grants a Masters of Science in Biomedical Investigation from Graduate Studies.  The goal of the joint MD/ Masters of Science in Biomedical Investigation program at Case School of Medicine is to train medical students in basic or clinical research approaches so that the physician graduate may conduct research to advance health.

Each track within the joint MD/MS Program has specific course requirements, described in each graduate department MS section. Available tracks include: Biochemistry, Clinical Research (CRSP), Epidemiology, Nutrition, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology & Biotechnology. As a minimum, graduation requires successful completion of 9 graded credits of graduate courses, 6 graded credits of IBIS medical curriculum, 18 non graded credits of research, and additional non graded credits for departmental seminar and the exam and zero credits for scientific integrity training (IBMS 500 On Being a Professional Scientist: The Responsible Conduct of Research or CMED 500 Scientific Integrity in Biomedical Research) in the program. Students are required to pass an examination (IBIS 600 Exam in Biomedical Investigation) established for each student, generally reflecting the preparation and oral defense of a written report on the project.

Five-year  |  Medical School Dual Degree Program