The Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition addresses community dietary-related issues through undergraduate and graduate education, research, and outreach/Extension. Faculty are dedicated to finding innovative solutions to real-world problems addressing the state of Kentucky, our nation at large, and beyond. The long-term goal is to reduce the risks of obesity and chronic diseases and to contribute to evidence-based best practices in the profession of dietetics and human nutrition.
Recent funding was awarded through national competitive processes from the following:
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,
- National Institute of Enviornmental HealthSciences,
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture,
- United States Department of Agriculture,
- National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute,
- Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension,
- American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, and
- Centers for Disease Control.
In 2013-14, faculty brought in $2,890,563 towards nutrition related projects.
DHN has gained notoriety with such programs as Food Accessibility, Plate It Up Kentucky Proud, Children, Youth and Families at Risk, Home-based Microprocessors, Superfund Nutrition Outreach, and Behavioral Internet Weight Loss. In addition, DHN has state of the art facilities for educational and research purposes. Foods laboratories, experimental product development laboratory, and the Bod Pod Center, all contribute to designing effective interventions towards data collection, analysis, and evaluation. DHN success has been accomplished by empowering students, faculty, and clients to reach their full potential in determining their own health through education, research, and outreach/Extension.