About DHN

About DHN

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About the Department of Dietetics & Human Nutrition


The mission of the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition (DHN) in contributing excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement is to (1.) Promote healthy lifestyles through sustainable, nutritionally‐sound, food choices and regular physical activity, (2.) Enhance the well‐being of people through meaningful nutrition education, research, and service experiences, and (3.) Expand economic opportunity by generating and sharing knowledge of human nutrition, dietetics, and food systems.


Dr. Tammy Stephenson

Message from the Chair


Food, Nutrition and Health for All

The Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition 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 Performance Nutrition and Body Composition Laboratory. 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. Look for us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. We post about food, fun, and adventure in Kentucky and around the world.

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Faculty Who Are Like Family

Our esteemed faculty will be available to support and guide you every step of the way as you pursue your career in Dietetics or Human Nutrition. Visit our directory to meet your future professors and mentors.

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The Dietetics and Human Nutrition faculty have a passion for nutrition and well-being that is infectious, and they go above and beyond to promote success. They have become like a second family to me, and I am forever grateful for the time, effort, and resources they have invested in me and my future.

Kara Koldiron

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Lemon Tree Restaurant

DHN students can gain real world, science-based experience in the Lemon Tree through our Quantity Food Production class.

Dine at Lemon Tree

Reservations are required for the Lemon Tree. To plan your dining experience, please visit: https://tableagent.com/lexington/the-lemon-tree/.

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Alumni and Giving

Graduates are encouraged to stay connected and meeting new alumni at our annual Dietetics and Human Nutrition alumni event.

CAFE Alumni Association

Learn more about the benefits, discounted Lifetime Membership for new graduates, and how to become a Member of the UK Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Alumni Association. If you're already a member, make sure your contact information is current.

Ways to Give

Learn about the ways you can give to the UK Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

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Performance Nutrition Lab

In our Performance Nutrition and Body Composition Laboratory, we help individuals better understand their bodies.

About our Lab

In the Performance Nutrition and Body Composition Laboratory, we help individuals better understand their bodies, equipping them to make healthy lifestyle improvements. We assess body composition and resting metabolic rate, offering follow-up appointments to measure progress. The lab offers state-of-the-art, research-grade body composition and resting energy expenditure testing.

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DHN in the Community

Campus Kitchen

The Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky focuses on student-powered hunger relief on campus and in the community. Volunteers work to recover food that would otherwise be wasted to provide nutritious meals to under served communities.

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Cooperative Extension

With Cooperative Extension Service programs through Family and Consumer Sciences, we are proud to offer award winning community programming that improve the lives of everyday Kentuckians through better nutrition

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Latest News

Every day, DHN students are making waves for their contributions to nutrition, research, and their community. Learn about the history of the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition and catch up on the latest news.

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Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition

204 Funkhouser Building
Lexington, KY 40506


Dr. Tammy Stephenson

DHN Department Chair

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Senior Academic Advisor

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Contact Information

Dr. Tammy J. Stephenson, PhD, FAND
Department Chair & Professor

202 Funkhouser Building Lexington, KY 40506-0054

+1 (859) 257-3800