Department of
Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise

Discovering, translating, and disseminating health-related advances in the nutrition, food, and exercise sciences

We examine the psychosocial aspects of health, behavioral interventions, human performance, and youth and adult weight management with a focus on chronic disease and prevention through education, prevention, research, and translational studies.

Our faculty promote health and wellness with an emphasis on translational science, service to the community, and providing quality education for students.


students conducting research

HNFE’s unique fusion of nutrition, food, and exercise sciences positions us to advance knowledge in education, prevention, research, and translational studies. 

Our faculty have collaborations both on and off campus with research funded by NIH, USDA,  and many other granting agencies. Projects span from cells to society.  

Exercise class with PARCI

Our Extension program plays a critical role in the department’s translational mission. Specialists act as liaisons between agents in the field and research  conducted at the university. They  work with Extension personnel throughout the state to provide food, nutrition, exercise, and health programs to diverse audiences that include limited-resource families.