About us

The Graduate Program in Nutrition (PPGN / UFSC) started in March of 2002 and for a long time remained as the only option for those seeking to pursue graduate studies (Masters Degree) in the Nutrition field in Santa Catarina.

In the ranking established by CAPES, PPGN was initially classified as a 3-star program (out of seven possible). In December 2010 the program was awarded 4-star status by CAPES. This recognition stimulated the structuring and proposition of adding the possibility of offering Doctoral Degree in Nutrition. The proposal was approved by CAPES and in March 2012, the first class of Dr. Students started. This was the ninth PhD Program in Nutrition in the country and the first in the Southern Region.

 

GOALS

The objective of the Graduate Program in Nutrition of UFSC is the training of innovative, pro-active and knowledgeable researchers in an interdisciplinary area involving Food, Nutrition and Health. The academic formation has an emphasis on the construction, development and dissemination of scientific knowledge, preparing qualified professionals for higher Education and for advanced research.

 

MASTER’S PROGRAM

Usually developed during a 4-semester period, the master’s program requires the candidate to enroll in a number or taught disciplines, completing a minimum of 24 credits, plus 6 credits for dissertation work. Each credit unit corresponds to 15 hours of taught classes, practical activities or other. By the end of the second semester of the course, the student must present a research proposal for approval by an examination board. At the end of the program, the students must have completed the minimum number of credits (30) and presented a dissertation (viva) before an examination board composed of internal and external examiners.

DOCTORATE PROGRAM

With a maximum duration of 8 semesters, the Dr. candidate must enroll in a number or taught disciplines, completing a minimum of 32 credits, plus 12 credits for thesis work. Each credit unit corresponds to 15 hours of taught classes, practical activities or other. By the end of the fourth semester of the course, the student must present a research proposal for approval by an internal examination board. At the end of the program, the students must have completed the minimum number of credits (44) and presented a thesis (viva) before an examination board composed of internal and external examiners. Particular attention will be given to the opportunities for the Dr. Student to undertake an internship period abroad. Besides constituting a valuable experience for the student, it helps the program to develop international partnerships.