About the Department
Everyone eats food, but not everyone understands the effects of their food choices. With the rise of childhood obesity and other nutritional crises in our nation and around the world, more people are recognizing how food and nutrition studies benefit many fields, including pre-med, nursing, psychology, social work, health administration, community health, physical education, geography, and education. Whether you plan to pursue a Nutrition and Food Studies degree, supplement another degree with our health- and culture-related courses, or take an elective course to improve your own knowledge of healthy eating, the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies has something for you.
The mission of the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies is to inform the students and the public on the role of food and nutrition in improving health and well-being among local and global populations through the integration of education, research, and outreach. Our educational mission includes undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates in food and nutrition-related studies. Our research mission is to promote, develop, and support research programs that help define and address food and nutritional issues. Our outreach mission is to increase the awareness of food and nutrition-related issues among local and global communities, support local and global food and nutrition initiatives, and enhance collaboration among individuals and organizations to improve nutrition and health-related outcomes.