Human Nutrition Program

Human Nutrition studentsThings are cooking these days at the School of Public Health Human Nutrition Program. Under the direction of Environmental Health Sciences Professor Karen E. Peterson, the program now has five full-time faculty members, two adjunct lecturers, and a research professor with a joint appointment in the Medical School. A newly revised master’s-degree curriculum incorporates emerging research on issues like obesity, micronutrients, and epigenetics—and Peterson and her colleagues are developing a new doctoral program with intermediate-to-advanced-level courses in the program’s three key areas of research expertise: nutrition as a modifier of adverse environmental exposures across the life cycle; nutrition and immunofunction; and nutrition, obesity, and chronic disease. A newly expanded dietetic internship (directed by Theresa Han Markey, bionutrition manager for the Michigan Clinical Research Unit at the University of Michigan Health System) offers training in both medical nutrition therapy and community nutrition.

Eugene Yen (pictured at top left above with local schoolchildren of the Agrarian Adventure) is one of 31 master’s level students who enrolled in the Human Nutrition Program last year. He says he’s convinced the program is the best of its kind in the country. “It’s really unique. You can get an MPH, plus become a registered dietitian. There aren’t many other programs in the country that allow you to do that in just over two years.”

Graduates of the SPH Human Nutrition Program can be found at:

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Michigan Department of Community Health
  • NSF International
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Major food industries
  • Major research universities and organizations
  • Medical schools
  • Nonprofit agencies
  • Local, state, and federal agencies
  • Hospitals and outpatient clinics