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See What's Wildly Possible with a Degree in Dietetics or Human Nutrition

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Shape the World with Nutrition

Presented by Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors, this video explains what registered dietitian nutritionists do and how they help people improve their health with food and nutrition.


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.

Read the stories below to see what prior graduates have accomplished through DHN.

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."

Read Jaeana's Story


Iverson Griffin

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.”

Read Iverson's Story

Nasreen Omran

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.”

Read Nasreen's Story

Danielle Barrett

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.”

Read Danielle's Story

Alex Chang


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.”

Read Alex's Story

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.

Read Haley's Story

Grace Anderson

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."

Read Grace's Story

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.”

Read Lindsay's Story

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Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition

204 Funkhouser Building
Lexington, KY 40506


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Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Anissa Radford

Academic Coordinator

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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