The Department of Nutrition in the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study and application of the relationship between diet, foods and health. The Department offers a wide range of academic programs including:

The challenges facing nutritionists today range from problems of obesity and chronic diseases to those of malnutrition, food insecurity and nutritional deficiencies. Nutritionists work in hospitals and clinics, communities, and institutions throughout the world.

In the Spotlight

The Department of Nutrition will host its 29th Annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture and Awards on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, beginning at 4:00 pm in the Student Union Ballroom. Dr. Joel Mason of Tufts University will deliver a lecture titled "Micronutrients and Cancer Prevention: Making Sense of a U-shaped World."

University of Massachusetts Amherst Nutrition doctoral student Sharmin Hossain

Sharmin Hossain, a nutrition Ph.D. candidate, has accepted a 10-week paid internship with the NIH's National Institute of Aging. Hossain is working with department head Richard Wood for her dissertation on colorectal and breast cancer epigenetics in relationship with vitamin D and the bioactive food component sulforaphane.

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Nutrition graduate student Mina Frederick is helping to bridge the knowledge gap between chronic disease and dietary patterns.