Message from Department Head, Dr. Ji-Young Lee
The Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut, established in 1970, has a distinguished record of teaching, research, and public service. The Department celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding in 2020 with exciting announcements. The Department received a $1.7 million donation from alumna Margaret Ware to recruit and support a diverse population of talented undergraduate and graduate students. The Department offers an online MS in Personalized Nutrition and an online Graduate Certificate in Precision Nutrition. Also, a new joint MD/PhD in Nutrition Program partnered with UConn School of Medicine welcomed the first MD/PhD student in fall 2021. This new initiative is supported by a donation from alumnus Dr. Roger Newton. It is an exciting time for the Department as it moves into its second half-century to achieve another 50 years of excellence in teaching, research, and service for improving human nutrition.
The Department offers highly-ranked undergraduate and graduate programs in human nutrition. Undergraduate programs include three tracks: Nutrition, Health, and Disease Prevention, Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), and Pre-Medical Profession. Graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) programs cover a wide range of basic and applied approaches, including personalized/precision nutrition, nutrigenomics, nutritional biochemistry, nutritional immunology, public health nutrition, community nutrition, sports nutrition, food safety, food entrepreneurship, and nanotechnology for biodelivery of nutrient and non-nutrient bioactives. Outreach programs are integrated with teaching and research and administered through inter-agency collaborations and professional and public services.
The Department recently established the Strategic Plan 2022-2027, which identifies four specific focus areas. For more information, click here.