Nutritional Sciences Program


May 6, 2021

Autumn food course explores multisensory dining

Waffles and ice cream

Do you eat with your eyes? How does your brain decide what makes one food more appetizing than another?  Register for NUTR 490, offered autumn 2021, to explore food from multiple perspectives, and go beyond taste, sight, and smell! In this advanced course, you will critically evaluate, through the study of research and practical applications,…

March 31, 2021

How farms and ranches in Washington have been impacted by COVID-19

Photo of farm workers harvesting produce wearing masks

Nearly 60% of farms and ranches in Washington State have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 in 2020, and expect to make changes to adapt their businesses in 2021, according to a new report published by the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition in collaboration with Washington State University and the Washington State Department…

March 3, 2021

Learn about bread in our spring food seminar

Bread has long been a staple source of nutrients throughout history, and this spring quarter in NUTR 390, we’ll examine bread from scientific, nutritional, historical, culinary, and cultural perspectives. More About the Course Bread has long been a staple source of nutrients throughout history. There are thousands of varieties of flour mixtures. Some are as…

February 22, 2021

New graduate course uses food systems as a lens for public health

Sustainable Food Systems for Population Health

A new graduate-level course offered by Nutritional Sciences in spring 2021, will use food systems as a lens for viewing and understanding public health principles. The course, NUTR 514 Sustainable Food Systems for Population Health which is a 3-credit course, is now open for registration to all graduate and professional students at the UW. This…

New course on food system sustainability for undergraduates

Food Systems Sustainability and Resilience NUTR 312

What are the current and future challenges with our food system? NUTR/ENVIR 312 Food Systems Sustainability and Resilience is a new undergraduate course being offered in spring 2021 which explores the concepts of sustainability and resilience as they are used today in the study and management of agricultural and food systems. The course takes a…

February 11, 2021

Dietetic interns at UW begin on-site clinical rotations

GCDP students receive COVID vaccine

Graduate students in the University of Washington Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics began on-site clinical rotations in January, after receiving eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccination in December from UW Medicine, along with other UW students, postdocs, staff, and faculty members who work in a clinical setting. Anne Lund, director of the GCPD, says that this…

February 1, 2021

New teaching position available in Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health


The Nutritional Sciences Program within the School of Public Health at the University of Washington (UW) invites applications for one full-time (100% FTE) non-tenured faculty position at the rank of assistant teaching professor with an anticipated start date of July 2021. This new faculty position will provide teaching expertise in the areas of food systems,…

January 26, 2021

WAFOOD survey receives support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

UW & WSU Washington State Food Security Survey

Among the several non-profit organizations and programs receiving recent emergency funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the University of Washington Foundation has received a gift in support of the WAFOOD food insecurity survey. The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has to date provided $12 million in emergency funding to provide relief to the…

January 4, 2021

Homeless youths in Seattle receive most meals from shelters and drop-in centers

Youth on skateboard sitting on urban street

Over 75% of young adults experiencing homelessness in the greater Seattle area say they have enough food to eat, and most receive their weekly meals at shelters and drop-in centers, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the Academic of Nutrition and Dietetics.    The study, which surveyed 122 youths aged 14-22 years…

October 22, 2020

Undergraduate student scholarships for 2020-2021

Montage of 2020 scholarship winners

Congratulations to our 2020-21 undergraduate scholarship recipients supported by the Food Systems, Nutrition & Health Major Fund, established by dedicated alumni and friends to ensure the Food Systems major thrives in its early years. Our outstanding recipients for this academic year were selected for their excellent academic achievement, dedication to community service and extracurricular activities,…

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