The right food for all

The Gillings School’s Department of Nutrition is a global leader in research, training and public policy. As the only academic nutrition program in the United States located in both a school of public health and a school of medicine, we are uniquely positioned to engage in innovative approaches to move quickly from discovery to delivery. Our faculty expertise spans from molecule to society and capitalizes on interdisciplinary approaches to identify and deliver optimal nourishment for the planet and train the leaders of tomorrow. Our students and faculty share and benefit from an unusual breadth of scientific, research and policy expertise as we work to improve and enhance the public’s health through better nutrition throughout North Carolina and around the world.

Recent News

The Interdisciplinary Nutrition Sciences Symposium will be held on July 21-22. The theme for 2022 is Diet and Chronic Unresolved Inflammation: Implications for Obesity-Associated Complications. This conference will build on the dialogue we began in our first two symposia to develop best practices for translational nutrition science and to generate ideas for proposals and collaborative projects, which will lead public health, therapeutic, and clinical efforts to reduce obesity and its associated comorbidities.

75th Anniversary Speaker Series

The Department of Nutrition is proud to celebrate 75 years of advancing the field of nutrition through education and research. To mark the occasion, we invite you to join us for our 75th Anniversary Speakers Series highlighting the many facets of nutrition. *All in-person events may be moved to a virtual setting depending on the status of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Affects Everyone: The Department of Nutrition Responds

Kayla Ferro, an MPH student training to become a registered dietician, is co-founder and chief financial officer of the UNC chapter of Hearts for the Homeless International (H4H). She has played a significant role in establishing the first chapter of the nonprofit during her undergraduate studies at the University of Central Florida, and when she came to North Carolina to pursue her master’s degree, she helped found a chapter at UNC that has quickly grown to become one of the largest in the organization.

She has been involved in creating partnerships with community organizations to offer health care services to people experiencing homelessness. Now, in this time of social distancing, she is also leading an effort to continue H4H’s mission by collecting sanitary supplies and materials to create homemade masks.

An illustration from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals the basic form of the virus blamed for the outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.
Department Statement on Nikole Hannah-Jones Tenure Case

For information about returning to campus this fall, please visit the UNC Gillings Return to Campus Roadmap page.

Message from the Chair

To improve and protect the public’s health through teaching, research and practices that foster optimal nutrition.

To achieve optimal nutrition for all people around the globe.

Statement on Inclusive Excellence:
The Department of Nutrition calls on each of its students, faculty and staff to commit to nurturing an environment of inclusion, equity and belonging. We actively value diversity of perspectives and background, support the success of all members of our community, and affirm that we are strongest when we embrace diversity in all of its forms, including race, spirituality, sexuality, gender identity, culture, ability, age and socioeconomic status. The department and its members must first acknowledge that we have contributed to the crises of racism, inequities and health disparities through our policies, hiring practices, clinical practices, education and research. We now commit to listening and learning to address these crises through thoughtful and intentional action within our department.

It is only through commitment to anti-racism and inclusivity that we can achieve our mission – to improve and protect the public’s health through teaching, research and practices that foster optimal nutrition for all in our local communities and around the globe.

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