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The University of Texas
Dept. of Nutritional Sciences A2703
103 W. 24th Street,
TS Painter Hall
Austin, TX 78712

Phone: (512) 471-0337
Fax: (512) 471-5844

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Nutritional Sciences at UT Austin

 

Dietetics1Nutritional science is the study of processes by which living organisms take in food for the maintenance of life and growth. The ultimate goal of nutrition teaching and research is to improve the quality of life of individuals by minimizing morbidity and maximizing longevity through optimal nutrition.  Nutritional Sciences was formerly a division within the Department of Home Economics, which was re-named as the School of Human Ecology in 2008, and the Department of Nutritional Sciences was established at this time.  

The Department includes a strong foundation in several primary areas of excellence in transdisciplinary nutrition research, including Nutrition and Cancer, Obesity and Metabolism, Maternal and Child Health, and Nutrigenomics/metabolomics.  The Department has a unique niche on the UT campus as a bridging health science discipline, and the faculty includes scientists with expertise in a range of biomedical-related areas of study, including nutritional science, metabolism, immunology, molecular biology, genetics, epidemiology, clinical nutrition, and biochemistry. StudyAbroad2

The educational program in the Department includes two accredited professional training programs in dietetics and a research-based curriculum for both graduate and undergraduate students.  In addition, we offer multiple opportunities for experiential learning (internships, outreach, the UT Nutrition Institution (UTNI), Study Abroad).  By collaborating across disciplines, building partnerships, and translating our expertise into modern, real world applications, the Department of Nutritional Sciences advances the University’s vision for a healthier community, state, nation, and world.