• Welcome to the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UConn

    Top Ranked Nutritional Sciences Program in the U.S.

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, an online Graduate Certificate in Precision Nutrition, and an online Graduate Certificate in Plant-Based Food and 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: Food and Health Sciences, 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.  

Online Graduate Programs

Explore our range of three online, asynchronous programs: Master of Science (MS) in Personalized Nutrition, Graduate Certificate in Precision Nutrition, and Graduate Certificate in Plant-Based Food and Nutrition. The MS in Personalized Nutrition, spanning two years with 30 credits, delves into the rapidly expanding field of individualized precision nutrition. By harnessing molecular insights into nutrient-gene interactions, this program explains how genetic backgrounds contribute to metabolic variations in individuals across various nutrients within the context of nutrition-related diseases. Additionally, we offer two online 12-credit graduate certificate programs tailored for professionals in healthcare, private practice, and industry, as well as those initiating a graduate-level exploration of precision nutrition or plant-based food and nutrition.

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