The mission of the Department of Nutrition is to offer excellence and innovation in teaching, research, and outreach by applying a scientific foundation that addresses the nutritional needs of individuals and diverse populations. This is achieved by educating undergraduate and graduate students and interns in the profession of dietetics and nutrition; generating and disseminating research findings in basic and applied nutrition; cooperating with public and private sector agencies in educating staff and consumers and developing nutrition-related policies; and providing professional service and expertise to agencies and consumers in Massachusetts, nationally, and internationally. Areas of emphasis include nutrition education of diverse groups, nutrition and reproduction, obesity, cellular mechanisms of nutrient actions, nutritional assessment and interventions, and food security and safety.