Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Human Nutrition Graduate Program

Graduate studies in human nutrition prepare students to conduct and apply innovative research to determine how diet impacts human health now and in the future. Graduates pursue careers in industry, academia, and governmental agencies.

Research Areas

FSHN faculty address a wide-variety of research areas related to human nutrition. Clinical nutrition, community nutrition, nutritional biochemistry, nutrigenomics, and nutritional toxicology are the general areas of strength for the FSHN human nutrition faculty.
Students focusing on human nutrition will learn from interactions with faculty members whose laboratories focus on research in the following areas:
  • human gut microbiome
  • influence of diet on cancer, prevention, treatment, and survivorship
  • effects of bioactive compounds naturally found in foods on chronic diseases
  • energy metabolism
  • epigenetics
  • functions of essential fatty acids
  • ingestive behavior
  • molecular mechanisms of food ingredients in disease prevention
  • molecular mechanisms of obesity and insulin resistance
  • pediatric nutrition
  • geriatric nutrition
  • optimization of nutritional support through enteral and parenteral nutrition
Other research topics are related to nutrition education, dietetics, disease prevention and treatment, and general health and wellness practices.

Choosing a faculty advisor

Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in human nutrition should review the list of faculty members and their research areas. Graduate student applicants must have a faculty member willing to train them and serve as their major professor before they can be accepted into the Department.

Human Nutrition Concentration Curriculum Requirements (pdf)