The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Food insecurity and nutritional deficiencies. Sugar and diabetes. Obesity and heart disease. Dietary risk factors for cancer. The work of nutritionists involves the links between food and complex health challenges like these, and the problems they solve can have a profound impact on public health worldwide.

UMass Amherst offers a full breadth of nutrition programs, including bachelor’s degrees with three tracks, master’s and doctoral degrees, and a full-time dietetic internship certificate program.

Our research includes studies of reproductive health and vitamin D status; identification of diet and nutrition needs of children, older adults and diverse populations; and examination of food security and safety through community-based interventions. We work with the Massachusetts Nutrient Data Bank (MNDB) and community nutrition outreach offices throughout the state. Students participate in a variety of activities, developing advanced skills in:

  • Nutritional needs assessment
  • Nutrition counseling and education
  • Implementation of dietary plans for individuals or groups