Xiaolin Xu

Undergraduate Student Receives Award to Study Obesity Influences on Heart Function During Pregnancy

Congratulations to Xiaolin Xu, a junior majoring in Human Nutrition, who received a UK Undergraduate Summer Research and Creativity Fellowship from the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence.

Researchers from DHN and Public Health Collaborate to Pilot a Curriculum

“Body Balance: Protect Your Body from Pollution with a Healthy Lifestyle” emerged as a promising tool for improving knowledge of environmental health and nutrition, while encouraging positive behavior changes.

Dietetics Student and Lecturer Receive Awards from UK's Disabilities Resource Center

Congratulations to Lindley Barker for receiving the Michael T. and Matthew A. Brent scholarship award and to Yolanda Jackson for receiving a Breaking Barriers Award in recognition of her efforts to eliminate barriers to inclusion.

Dr. Julie Plasencia Elected to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nominating Committee

Congratulations to Dr. Plasencia on being elected as a National Leader in Practice for 15 Years or Less

25 Best in Nutritional Science Degree Programs

DHN’s undergraduate degree in human nutrition is ranked in the top 25 across the nation.

New Sustainable, Resilient, and Healthy Food and Water Systems Curriculum

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation identified DHN as a Champion Site for the new Sustainable, Resilient, and Healthy Food and Water Systems Curriculum for dietetic interns.

Dr. Jessica Houlihan Named Mentor of the Week

Congratulations to Jessica Houlihan, lecturer in Dietetics and Human Nutrition, for being named UK's Faculty Mentor of the Week.

Message from the Chair

Dr. Janet Mullins


The Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition (DHN) offers outstanding higher education opportunities for students passionate about food, health, and wellness. Our undergraduate program in Human Nutrition provides a strong foundation to prepare students for dental, medical, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, or physician assistant studies. We also have a long history of preparing successful Registered Dietitians for a rewarding career through our accredited didactic, coordinated, and internship programs. For undergraduates interested in further specializations, we offer a Certificate in Food Systems and Hunger Studies and a Certificate in Nutrition for Human Performance. Our graduate program in Nutrition and Food Systems is focused on practical and critical thinking to solve nutrition-related problems in an evolving global society. DHN is home to the Campus Kitchen at University of Kentucky, we partner with The Food Connection and Sustainable Agriculture, and have a well-equipped Nutrition Assessment Lab. Our research generates new discoveries that build the evidence base for improving health through nutrition and food security and promoting a sustainable environment. Faculty in DHN are engaged in a wide variety of research, from food environment and culture to exercise and physiology. We value community engagement and offer award-winning Cooperative Extension Service programs through Family and Consumer Sciences Extension to help Kentuckians live their best lives. Please contact us with any questions you have about our programs. We take pride in our work to fulfill the land-grant mission of teaching, research, and service. We hope you’ll join us.

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