People come to UK from many different places, for many different reasons. Even with diverse perspectives, one thing unites us:

The unlimited possibilities we find here.

headshot photo of Jaeana Tooson

Registered Dietitian

Major: Dietetics

"I chose the dietetics program based on a conviction in my heart from God to serve the community through food and nutrition," said Tooson. "This program contributed to my career goals of empowering the community through practical and relevant knowledge and skills that bring people together and improve their quality of life."

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Physical Therapy

Major: Dietetics

“Dr. Combs and Dr. Stephenson both had major impacts on me as mentors, advisors and professional role models. They both pushed me and asked more of me than I thought I had to give,” said Griffin. “They were accepting of me and were always ready and willing to listen. I wouldn’t have had the same experience without them.”

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Registered Dietitian

Major: Dietetics & MS: Nutrition and Food Systems

“I chose this master’s program for a few reasons. The first being that it feels like home with the relationships I had built in the department,” said Omran. “The second reason is the strong research emphasis. I wanted to be able to create and work on a project that could potentially influence whole groups of people.”

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Nutrition Education

Major: Dietetics

“I am very grateful for my professors who helped me get to where I am by serving as mentors,” said Barrett. “I feel very blessed to have maintained connections with many of the faculty at UK.”

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Public Health Research

Major: Dietetics

“Dietetics and Human Nutrition has been a great fit," Anderson said. "The classes and volunteer work that I've participated in have shown me that there is so much more to health than what happens in a hospital or clinic."

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Physician Assistant

Major: Dietetics

“The Dietetics program at UK has given me a great depth of knowledge on nutrition and how to communicate information to patients in both clinical and outpatient settings,” Hollander said. “Experiential learning opportunities like patient simulations and job shadowing a physician assistant, who is also a faculty member, have prepared me for future patient interactions.”

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Major: Human Nutrition

“I feel like nutrition is an overlooked topic in patient-provider interactions,” said Chang. “I think that educating patients on the importance of nutrition is an integral step in the process of preventing chronic disease.”

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Lindsay Turner

Clinical Dietitian

Major: Dietetics

“The professors used their real-life, professional experiences to shape their teaching and they took the time to get to know me, my strengths, weaknesses and interests,” Turner said. “They inspired me to feel confident in my ability to provide exceptional nutrition care during my first patient encounter, and I carry that with me to this day.” 

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human nutrition major, Haley Jones


Major: Human Nutrition

“Human nutrition is the perfect combination of knowing what we should be consuming, why and how our food can prevent or cure diseases,” said Jones.

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Public Interest Law

Major: Human Nutrition

“Through my experiences in Dietetics and Human Nutrition, I have developed a passion for people and public health that has driven my graduate work and fueled excitement for my future career,” Harp said. “Course work on case studies and research assignments taught me critical thinking skills that helped prepared me for law school.” 

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Pediatric Medicine

Major: Human Nutrition & MS: Nutrition and Food Systems

“Nutrition is often a topic that is passed over in patient-provider interactions in exchange for quickly turning to medications,” Coldiron said. “I plan to provide nutrition knowledge to my future patients, because it is integral to getting to the source of the problem and mitigating many chronic diseases.”

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