About DHN

Message from the Chair

Food, Nutrition and Health for All

The Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition (DHN) offers outstanding higher education opportunities for students passionate about food, health, and wellness. Our undergraduate program in Human Nutrition provides a strong foundation to prepare students for dental, medical, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, or physician assistant studies. We also have a long history of preparing successful Registered Dietitians for a rewarding career through our accredited didactic, coordinated, and internship programs. For undergraduates interested in further specializations, we offer a Certificate in Food Systems and Hunger Studies and a Certificate in Nutrition for Human Performance. Our graduate program in Nutrition and Food Systems is focused on practical and critical thinking to solve nutrition-related problems in an evolving global society. DHN is home to the Campus Kitchen at University of Kentucky, we partner with The Food Connection and Sustainable Agriculture, and have a well-equipped Nutrition Assessment Lab. Our research generates new discoveries that build the evidence base for improving health through nutrition and food security and promoting a sustainable environment. Faculty in DHN are engaged in a wide variety of research, from food environment and culture to exercise and physiology. We value community engagement and offer award-winning Cooperative Extension Service programs through Family and Consumer Sciences Extension to help Kentuckians live their best lives. Please contact us with any questions you have about our programs. We take pride in our work to fulfill the land-grant mission of teaching, research, and service. We hope you’ll join us.

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