Message from Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, Chair of the Department of Nutrition
Nutrition is a pivotal factor in changing the trajectory of public health around the globe. Critical public health issues – ranging from food insecurity and obesity to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer – can be impacted by nutrition research and practice. Developing and evaluating strategies to improve health through nutrition requires innovative, interdisciplinary research that spans the continuum from basic science to social science research, clinical interventions, and public policy. The UNC Department of Nutrition brings together experts in community, population-based, clinical, and basic science to study complex metabolic pathways, regulatory mechanisms, human behaviors, and policy.
UNC Nutrition is a global leader in moving from discovery to delivery, enabling students and faculty to collaborate across disciplines so they can solve problems relevant to nutrition using new interdisciplinary perspectives. Of great importance to our mission is addressing how many of the nutrition-sensitive public health issues of concern disproportionately affect people and communities of color. To address health inequity requires engagement across the full spectrum of scientific endeavor. Our faculty train students in nutritional sciences, clinical nutrition, and public health to become global leaders in their fields. We continue to expand our reach and challenge ourselves to uphold our mission to improve health through nutrition in North Carolina, throughout the country, and around the globe by giving our students a unique and purposeful experience and education that will translate into successful careers in public health and beyond.
With Warmest Regards,
Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, is the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and Medicine, and Chair of the Department of Nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.