A rainbow a day keeps the doctor away! Richly colored fruits and vegetables are full of nutrients and antioxidants – great for promoting health and preventing disease. Photo by Justin Smith.

Our top-ranked department is unlike any other in the nation. Because we are positioned within a school of public health and a school of medicine, we can provide students with a broader range of faculty expertise and instruction and greater opportunities for critical, ground-breaking and innovative research. Our goal is to advance nutritional solutions to problems in public health and educate the next generation of leaders in nutrition. The work of department faculty and students is carried out throughout North Carolina and spans the globe to communities and populations in China, India, Malawi, Spain, and The Philippines, among others. The department offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and postdoctoral degree programs, as well as training to support certification as a registered dietitian (RD). Our research strengths in North Carolina and across the globe include:

  • Obesity and related conditions including diabetes, heart disease and some cancers;
  • Role of nutrition and physical activity in preventing and treating disease in diverse populations;
  • Population trends in diet;
  • Influence of nutrients on the immune response to infectious disease, including gene-nutrient interactions and the development of cancer;
  • Relationships between obesity, environment, infection and diabetes; and
  • Role of agriculture and food systems in increasing food access, improving dietary intake and promoting economic development.


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Faculty in the News

Dr. Peggy Bentley

Our Department’s own Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, PhD, Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and Associate Dean for Global Health at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has been elected to the consortium of Universities for Global Health Board–a huge achievement and honor. Link to full article here

Students in the News

Sneha Sundaram, post-doc in the Makowski Lab, was recently awarded the AACR Susan G. Komen Scholar in Training Award, and had two abstracts accepted for poster presentations at the American Association for Cancer research (AACR) meeting in San Diego. Read more about her research here.

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