HNFE occupies labs, classrooms, and graduate and administrative offices in Wallace Hall, and has professors performing research and extension in War Memorial Hall and Wallace Annex on campus.
The department also has lab and office space within the Corporate Research Center in the Integrated Life Sciences Building. This state-of-the-art facility is equipped for metabolic phenotyping and behavioral assessment.
HNFE's partnership with Carilion Clinic resulted in the Translational Obesity Research Program at Virginia Tech Riverside in Roanoke, which strives to produce a public health impact through physical activity, nutrition, and weight management interventions.
In addition, our extension programs take knowledge from the university to empower the citizens of the commonwealth. Specialists in the department work with extension educators to emphasize food, nutrition, and health to diverse audiences throughout the state. For students in HNFE, this connection to the community offers opportunities for both research and practical experience.
History of HNFE
The department began as the School of Home Economics in 1958 and had various names over the years such as “Food and Nutrition” in 1960, and “Human Nutrition and Foods” in 1964. The Exercise element was added in 1994.