Abdulaziz Alfarhan

Abdulaziz Alfarhan


Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

PhD student in Human Nutrition

Degree program: PhD in Human Nutrition

Faculty advisor: Dr. Joseph Carlson

Abdulaziz Kh. Al-Farhan, MSc, “Aziz” is an international graduate student from Kuwait, within the Division of Sports and Cardiovascular Nutrition in the Department of Radiology.  Aziz earned his Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Management/Dietetics from Oregon State University in 2007.  He received a Master’s degree in Nutrition Sciences/Dietetic Internship from Kent State University in 2011.  Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in Human Nutrition in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University, since the fall of 2014.  As a PhD candidate at MSU, he works as a graduate assistant and team leader for (S)Partners for Heart Health program and a teaching assistant for HNF 457 Sports Nutrition.  Dr. Joseph Carlson, PhD, is his primary advisor and chairperson of his dissertation committee.

Aziz’s dissertation topic involves “A Comparison between Boy and Girl Schoolchildren’s Nutritional Intake and Dietary Quality, and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Risk Factor Status in Kuwait”.  His dissertation objectives include: 1) Assessing CVD risk factors and determine their prevalence among children in Kuwait; 2) Evaluating nutrient intakes and dietary quality among Kuwait children, and to determine the proportion (%) who are meeting World Health Organization and US nutrition guidelines.  Currently, Aziz has finalized data analysis collected in Kuwait between (Jan 2018 – April 2018), and submitted abstracts for participating in scientific meetings in 2019.  “A Comparison of Obesity and Other CVD Risk Factors between Boys and Girls in Kuwait” for the 66th annual ACSM (The American College of Sports Medicine) meeting in Orlando, FL, USA.  “A Comparison of Kuwait Boys and Girls Meeting Pediatric Nutrition Recommendations” for Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) annual conference in Orlando, FL, USA.

Aziz is a teaching faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Science at the College of Nursing in Kuwait since 2011.  His research experience from his master's degree included a research abstract-  Al-Farhan A, Gordon K, Caine-Bish N, Burzminski N. Dietary Intake of Arab International Students in the United States (July 2012). Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior; Jul/Aug2012 Supplement, Vol. 44 Issue 4S1, pS60, including Poster Presentation at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Meeting, 2012, in Washington, DC.  In relation to that, he recently published a manuscript “Changes in Dietary Behavior of Arab International Students in the US”, http://www.heraldopenaccess.us/fulltext/Food-Science-&-Nutrition/Changes-in-Dietary-Behavior-of-Arab-International-Students-in-the-US.php.  His future publication plan will include publishing a methodology research on developing and retesting a translated and modified “Block Kids 2004 Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ)”, which he did by working with the NutritionQuest Company (http://nutritionquest.com/), Torin Block and staff, and used in his current dissertation topic.

Memberships and Honors

2010- Present              Member- Golden Key International Honor Society
2009 - Present             Member- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
2009 – Present            Affiliate- Ohio Dietetics Association
2004, 2009, 2014        Scientific Scholarship, Public Authority for Applied Education & Training (PAAET), Kuwait
2000                            Scientific Scholarship, Ministry of Higher Education, Kuwait