Why Nutrition and Food Studies at Mason?

Improve Public Health Through Nutrition-focused Programs and Interventions

  • Design nutrition- and food-related interventions that address health issues among individuals, families, and communities
  • Educate people on food choices to influence behavior change and impact society
  • Develop a better understanding of how food quality can improve health outcomes

Develop the Skills to Positively Influence Food and Nutrition Policy

  • Collaborate with faculty, who are leaders in their field, on research projects
  • Develop skills to interpret and present research in the fast-changing field of nutrition
  • Tackle pressing problems facing nutrition policy, locally and globally
  • Shape the future of nutrition and food policy with a practicum experience in the greater Washington, DC area

Combine the Science of Nutrition with the Culture of Food

  • Gain knowledge and experience in the only nutrition and food studies program in Northern Virginia
  • Learn the science behind food choices, food preparation methods, and safe food preparation skills
  • Examine different aspects of food production, consumption, and safety to gain a comprehensive understanding of nutrition and food studies
  • Apply food composition knowledge in designing food- and nutrition-related interventions

Collaborate with Local Governments and Community, National, and Global Organizations

  • Engage with local communities and organizations to improve the health of adults and children
  • Partner with federal organizations, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health
  • Take advantage of faculty affiliations with various organizations, including local and international organizations, such as the Fairfax County Head Start Program and the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust in Kenya