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REPORT ON THE CENTER FOR TROPICAL AGRICULTURE AND HUMAN RESOURCES PROPOSAL FOR AN INTERCOLLEGE Ph.D. PROGRAM IN NUTRITION

Approved by the Commttee on Academic Policy and Planning

Report presented to the Mānoa Faculty Senate on April 18, 2007

Supporting Documents

Report on the CTAHR proposal for an Intercollege PhD program in Nutrition

A proposal to establish an Intercollege PhD program in Nutrition was reviewed by CAPP. The objective of the program is to produce future leaders in the field of nutrition in Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region. The proposal noted that nutrition-related problems are increasing in epidemic proportions in Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, and in developing regions of Asia. Nutrition is a significant factor in all the major chronic diseases (cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and other health related problems. The proposed program will integrate resources form the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), and the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii (CRCH). The proposal noted that at least fifty American universities award a PhD in nutrition. Currently, candidates who receive a MA degree in nutrition from CTAHR must go to mainland universities to continue their graduate studies. It is important for UH to develop an advanced degree to serve the state of Hawaii, and to produce human resources that can assist UH in competing for extramural funding opportunities. CAPP reviewed the proposal and found that the program will be a valuable asset to UH. It does not overlap other programs. It will not significantly increase the need for additional UH resources. The proposal defines a rigorous and demanding doctoral program with high admission requirements. Thus, CAPP moves approval of the Intercollege PhD program in Nutrition.