Nutritional Sciences Program


March 8, 2023

How RDNs can support sustainable dietary patterns

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March is National Nutrition Month and the theme for 2023 is “Fuel for the Future,” an invitation by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) encouraging each of us to eat with sustainability in mind. This means choosing foods that are tasty, nourishing, and foods that also protect the environment.  So, what should be on…

February 23, 2023

Low-income Washington state households still struggling with food insecurity as pandemic protections end

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Affording food is such a challenge in Washington state that residents who experience food insecurity say their grocery bills are their biggest source of financial stress, more so than paying for rent or utilities. That’s one of the findings of a food survey of Washington residents from December 2022 to January 2023, run by researchers…

February 8, 2023

UW courses offered in nutrition, food systems, and health in spring 2023

Spring 2023 courses

Explore our undergraduate courses for spring 2023 which focus on a variety of interesting topics including nutrition, food systems, diets, culinary science, and individual and population health.  Registration opens on February 10, 2023.   2023 Nutritional Sciences Program Courses  Click title to view seat availability in My Plan. 

UW graduate course explores sustainable food systems for population health

A course offered by the Nutritional Sciences Program in the University of Washington School of Public Health in spring 2023 will use food systems as a lens for viewing and understanding public health principles.  The course, NUTR 514 Sustainable Food Systems for Population Health, a 3-credit elective course, is now open for registration to all…

January 10, 2023

Nutritional Sciences faculty joins Washington State Food Policy Forum

Jennifer Otten

Jennifer Otten, a faculty member and food systems scholar in the University of Washington School of Public Health will begin a new appointment in January 2023 as a member of the Washington State Food Policy Forum, a cross-sector group formed by the WA State Legislature in 2016 which makes recommendations for improving the food system…

January 5, 2023

UW study abroad program explores sustainable food systems in Italy in summer 2023

The University of Washington Study Abroad program will offer a 4-week intensive course, La Dolce Vita: Comparative Food Systems in Italy in Summer Term-A in 2023. This interdisciplinary program explores sustainable food systems using systems thinking and a variety of perspectives to understand how factors, such as culture, policy, diet, and market structure interact to…

January 4, 2023

Dr. Pia Chaparro joins Nutritional Sciences Program core faculty

Pia Chaparro

The University of Washington Nutritional Sciences Program is pleased to welcome Dr. Pia Chaparro as a new member of our core faculty and growing team of food systems experts in the UW School of Public Health. Chaparro, who began her new appointment of assistant professor in the UW Department of Health Systems and Population Health…

November 1, 2022

UW winter 2022 courses in nutrition, culinary, and food systems

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Are you looking for a winter quarter elective course? We’re offering several interesting courses in winter 2023 which focus on nutrition, health, culinary arts, and food systems.  Most course offerings on this list are open to any UW undergraduate student regardless of declared major with some courses prioritized for majors. Two courses are graduate-level courses…

October 17, 2022

UW and partners launch project examining sustainability in animal agriculture


Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health (UW SPH), together with collaborators from the Washington State University (WSU) Food Systems program, the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, and the Washington D.C.-based Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, are embarking on a multi-year interdisciplinary effort investigating the intersection of animal agriculture, environmental sustainability,…

October 5, 2022

Introducing food system diplomacy, a method to positively influence the health of people and the planet

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By Kate Stringer When the global food system is thrown into crisis — whether that’s due to a pandemic, a war, a drought — often the first concern is economic fallout. But prioritizing the needs of commerce often comes at the expense of other interests: occupational health, environmental health, and social equity.  That’s why food…

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