Table 2: Required nutrition education hours at US medical schools over time*.

2000200420082012

Average hours of required nutrition education (SD)* 20.4 (13.6) 22.3 (15.3) 19.5 (13.5)19.0 (13.7)
Median hours of required nutrition education18201617
Schools with a required nutrition course, number/total (%)39/112 (35%)32/106 (30%)26/105 (25%)22/121 (18%)
Response rates, number/total (%)100/112 (89%) 89/106 (84%) 90/105 (86%)121/133 (91%)

All US medical schools were surveyed using identically worded core questions during four academic years: 2000/2001, 2004/2005, 2008/2009, and 2012/2013. SD indicates standard deviation.