Our Program and Mission

The UW Nutritional Sciences Program is composed of core, interdisciplinary, and clinical faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized experts with connections spanning a wide range of disciplines including epidemiology, health services, environmental and occupational health sciences, global health, medicine, pharmacy, and urban design and planning.

Strong links to the University of Washington Health Sciences Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, county and state public health agencies, and regional hospitals provide unique opportunities for students to participate in innovative nutrition research, diverse clinical experiences, and hands-on public health training.

Our Mission

The mission of the Nutritional Sciences Program 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, and 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:

  • 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.
  • Train graduate students in nutritional sciences so 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.
  • Introduce undergraduate students to the field of nutritional sciences to promote a diverse nutrition workforce.
  • Equip students with the tools to shape food systems that are resilient, sustainable, and equitable to have a positive impact on personal, population, and planetary health.