Department Head: Richard J. Wood
The mission of the UMass Nutrition Department is to provide quality teaching, research, and outreach, applying a scientific foundation to address the nutritional needs of individuals and populations. This is achieved by educating undergraduate and graduate students and interns in the profession of dietetics and nutrition; generating and disseminating research findings in basic and applied nutrition; cooperating with public and private sector agencies in educating staff and consumers and developing nutrition-related policies; and providing professional service and expertise to agencies and consumers in Massachusetts, nationally and internationally. Areas of emphasis include nutrition education, food security and safety, nutrition and obesity, and nutritional assessment and interventions.