A rendering of the new test kitchen
Food and Nutrition move to promote synergies
Beginning July 1, the Food and Nutrition program will become part of the Department of Public and Allied Health in the College of Health and Human Services. The program comprises the areas of nutrition sciences and dietetics, and includes seven faculty and administrative staff.
Currently housed in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Education and Human Development, the program has evolved over the years from its early home economics focus to an allied health focus, said Dr. Marie Huff, dean of the College of Health and Human Services.
The move comes at the request of faculty and has been approved through the appropriate University channels, she said.
"These programs fit nicely with the other Allied Health professions offered in the college, with a focus on health, wellness and disease prevention," Huff said. "We already have faculty who've been teaching in both colleges and there are a lot of synergies there. The move makes a lot of sense."
The physical move will take place over the second and third weeks of July as renovations to the health building progress. The programs will enjoy new offices along with a sensory tasting lab, a food science lab and a teaching kitchen, Huff said.
The move doubles the size of the Department of Public and Allied Health, which is chaired by Dr. Ahmad Chaudry.