Department of Nutrition Science

The Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue University provides a premier environment for excellence in research, education and outreach. Our vision is to let discovery drive engagement and learning in four signature areas: Calcium, Vitamin D, and Bone Health; Botanicals and Bioactives for Health; Appetite, Metabolism and Obesity; and Cancer Prevention. The department covers the spectrum of nutrition science from basic to population research. Our successes are evidenced by campus, national and international leadership, partnerships and recognition.

Outstanding Research:

  • 22 full-time faculty members, 6 continuing lecturers, and two faculty joint with Food Science. 
  • Prestigious recognition: Faculty members of the National and European Academies of Science, four Distinguished/Named Professors, and Endowed Chairs.
  • $14M/year in external funding, from federal, state, private foundations, and corporate partners.
  • Fundraising: The department is close to achieving its goal of 16 M in a capital campaign 

Leadership and Partnership:

Excellence in Education:

Graduate Students (50 Master’s and Doctoral):

  • Interdisciplinary Nutrition Program, IBRC, PULSe, Public Health Program
  • In 2017, graduate students received 6 national awards; 4 completed MS;10 completed PhDs. Undergraduate Students (300)
  • Majors: Nutrition Science, Nutrition, Fitness and Health, and Foods and Nutrition in Business.
  • Two Dietetics Programs: Didactic Program with the Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP), and the Coordinated Program. Both accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Didactic Program has 89% placement in dietetic internships and 98% pass rate for the RD exam. Coordinated Program in Dietetics has a 100% pass rate (1st attempt) on the RD exam and > 85% of graduates are employed within 12 months of graduation. Experiential learning opportunities: Practicums, internships, study abroad, honors, undergraduate research, learning communities.

Locally and nationally recognized Outreach and Engagement:

  • Department-specific initiatives (annual events): Kirksey Lecture, Dietetics Conference, Hall of Fame Awards for alumni; Executives in the Classroom.
  • Community health partnerships with Purdue Extension and CTSI to develop health coalitions
  • Home to Indiana Nutrition Education Program (NEP). $6M/year contract for SNAP-Education and EFNEP

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