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Mission Statement

The mission of the Program in Nutritional Sciences is to promote better health and prevent illness through increasing the understanding of nutritional science, carrying out the University’s broad mission of teaching, research, service, and supporting academic public health practice. In doing so, we want to provide an environment that promotes excellence in these areas. We have defined the following principal goals:

  • To expand the base of knowledge in nutritional sciences by creating an environment that supports careful research in the areas of public health, clinical, and experimental nutrition.
  • To train graduate students in nutritional sciences and other UW programs so that they can conduct quality research in experimental, clinical, and public health nutrition, and apply nutritional science knowledge to promote health in community and health care delivery settings.
  • To disseminate, integrate, and enhance the application of nutritional science knowledge in community and health care settings.
  • To promote better health through meaningful nutrition service activities in the University and the community.
  • To prepare students to be nutrition professionals.
  • To introduce undergraduate students to the field of nutritional sciences in order to promote a diverse nutrition workforce.


Close Up - A Look at the People of SPH: Jennifer Otten

Jennifer Otten, Assistant Professor and expert on food systems, is featured in April's SPH Close Up.  How much food do we throw away?  About one out of every four grocery bags, says food expert Jennifer Otten.  Find out what we can do to reduce our waste: http://ow.ly/LYMcm


Healthy Nutrition: From Farm to Fork
Jamie Bachaus, NSP MPH student, and Jennifer Otten, NSP Assistant Professor, guest authored the March 2015 issue of Elevate Health, the quarterly research digest of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. The issue explores the link between public health and food systems and looks at recent evidence on how the US food system impacts such things as food availability, affordability, and quality.
Download the Issue

Faculty Postions Available The Nutritional Sciences Program and Department of Health Services are accepting applications to fill positions at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (WOT). Position Announcement & Application Instructions



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