We Shape the Future of Nutrition and Food Practices and Policy

Improving Public Health Through Nutrition

Department of Nutrition and Food Studies

The Department of Nutrition and Food Studies prepares students to address public health issues involving nutrition and food access. Located 15 miles from the nation’s capital, the nutrition and food studies program at Mason is the only one of its kind in northern Virginia. Our students learn how to combine the science of nutrition with the culture of food to impact society and influence behavior changes that can improve public health and people’s access to quality food sources.

Improve Public Health Through Nutrition-focused Interventions

  • Educate people on food choices to influence behavior changes and improve health
  • Tackle pressing problems facing nutrition policy, locally and globally
  • Develop a deep understanding of how food quality can improve health outcomes
  • Collaborate with faculty, who are leaders in their field, on research projects
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Community Nutrition

We examine nutrition needs and issues facing those in our immediate community, from infants and children to adults.


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Food Science

We research the impact of food processing on nutrient content of our modern food supply to improve food quality and nutritional recommendations.

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Global Nutrition

Our students and faculty work to improve food access and quality around the world, helping to provide better food for the underserved.

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Students preparing healthy food

Preventive Nutrition

Our faculty and students determine how to reach optimal health and prevent disease through diet, nutrient, and lifestyle modifications.

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Meet our Alumni

Hear from our alumni why nutrition and food studies should be a part of your career pathway.

Ashley Shaw

Ashley Shaw
MS '15

Brian Head

Brian Head
MS '15

Lindsey Seegers

Lindsey Seegers
CERG '12

Mengyi Dong

Mengyi Dong
MS '15