The Institute of Nutrition and Food Science (INFS), University of Dhaka, is a pioneering organization of research and teaching in the field of Nutrition and Food Science in Bangladesh. It was established in 1969 as a follow-up of the 1962-64 National Nutrition Survey. INFS is devoted to the study of nutritional issues in the country to inform policies targeting the food and nutrition security of the Bangladeshi population. As part of capacity building and strengthening, INFS offers undergraduate (B.S. Honors program) and graduate (M.S. M.Phil., and Ph.D. program) and conducts specialized training for professionals. The INFS has a group of highly qualified and experienced faculty members. The primary focus of academics and research are: (i) Nutritional Biochemistry, (ii) Clinical Nutrition and Diet Therapy, (iii) Community and Public Health Nutrition, and (iv) Food Science and Technology (including Food Microbiology). Major research areas are food analysis, analysis of food toxins, the role of functional food in health and diseases, nutrition survey and surveillance, livelihood and food security, food, and nutrition policy, food hygiene and safety, and the role of diet in the disease process. Over the years, INFS has conducted several national surveys (1975-76, 1981-82, 1995-96, 2001-2003, and 2011-2012), and managed, updated, and published Food Composition Tables (FCTs) and Database for Bangladesh. The Institute has a rich seminar library with an extensive collection of reference books and journals. It possesses several research laboratories with modern equipment, facilities, and service systems. The faculty and the researchers of this Institute have been regularly publishing their research findings in high-impact national and international journals. The Institute has already earned a place as a center of excellence in the field of Nutrition and Food Science research in Bangladesh. The Institute has a strong collaboration with various national and international research groups.
Title of the Program: Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Duration of the Program: Four-Year for Ph.D. (Regular); Five-Year for Ph.D. (Part-time)
Medium of Instruction: English
Eligibility for Admission: Students are admitted to the Ph.D. Degree program as per the existing Ordinance and regulations of the University of Dhaka and the rules of the Faculty of Biological Sciences and INFS, University of Dhaka. The Institute may re-fix the minimum requirement for admission to the program from time to time with approval from the authority.