Past and Present
DHN: Past and Present
Making History Since 1906
In the early 1900s, the first 40 students at the University of Kentucky were taught food and elementary dietetics, followed by the development of Domestic Science and Home Economics programs, and family cooking demonstrations through Extension. All played a role in leading to the establishment of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, which was renamed the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition.
The Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition has been making history since it was first founded in 1906, and it continues to make history today as our students tackle the nutrition challenges of our modern world. Explore where DHN began and where we are going!
History of the Department
In the early 1900s, the first 40 students at the University of Kentucky were taught food and elementary dietetics. Review the full timeline below.
- 1906: Food and elementary dietetics taught to 40 students
- 1908: School of Domestic Science became department in College of Arts and Sciences
- 1908: Course outline for Bachelor of Science with a major in domestic science developed
- 1910: Home Economics became department in College of Agriculture
- 1913: Helen Wolcott becomes first State Extension Agent
- 1914: Home demonstration agents hired to serve 12 counties
- 1918: Food labs equipped in Agriculture Hall & department operated cafeteria established
1922: “A Manual for Home Demonstration Clubs for Women” published
1925: The first county homemakers’ organizations were established
- 1934: First cooperative house for women established on campus
- 1940: The Home Economics Building opened
- 1941: The college name changed to College of Agriculture and Home Economics
- 1942: Funkhouser building completed
- 1968: Department of Nutrition and Food Science established
DHN in the News
Every day, DHN students are making waves for their contributions to nutrition, research, and their community. Check out the latest stories below.