Food Science and Human Nutrition

Enhancing human health and quality of life through education, research, and outreach in food and nutrition sciences.

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) at Iowa State University (ISU), located in the heartland of the United States, is among the top programs in the nation.

Administered by the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Human Sciences, FSHN offers significant opportunities for students to study in fully equipped, state of the art laboratories; network with professionals and alumni through student organizations and professional associations; study abroad in places like Spain, India, and Peru.

Our world-renowned faculty provide expertise on a diverse range of topics surrounding food and nutrition. They are on the cutting edge of interdisciplinary research such as the nutritional relationships in cancer, diabetes and obesity and the development and production of new food products that promote health and prevent disease. Collaborating with the BioCentury Research Farm, Center for Crops Utilization Research, Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute, Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center, and Nutrition and Wellness Research Center, and others, FSHN students and faculty are promoting health and well-being through food and nutrition.

Food Science and Human Nutrition News

December 2014 News Notes

Read news notes from from faculty, staff, and students for December 2014.

November 2014 News Notes

Read news notes from from faculty, staff, and students for November 2014.

October 2014 News Notes

Read news notes from from faculty, staff, and students for October 2014.

September 2014 News Notes

Read news notes from from faculty, staff, and students for September 2014. 

Announcing 2014 FSHN Alumni Award Winners and Homecoming Activities

FSHN is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 FSHN Alumni Impact Award. Those being honored are Barbara Harland (46, BS dietetics); Rodrigo Tarte (87, BS; 90, MS; 96, PhD food science and technology); Jill Zullo (96, PhD food science and technology).

John Dzubak works with mentor Dr. Aubrey Mendonca in food microbiology.Dzubak makes food safety training available online

Every few weeks it seems there has been another food product recall because there were issues related to its safety or quality. Students like John Dzubak, graduate student in food science and technology, are trying to change that through programming tools designed to teach people of all ages the precautions to take to minimize the risks.

August 2014 News Notes

Read news notes from from faculty, staff, and students for August 2014.

Two ISU student teams place nationally in new food product development contests

One team placed second in a national food product competition hosted by Disney Consumer Products and the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association with Flight Bites , a bite-sized snack made of fruit and grain that's based on the Disney movie, "Planes." Another team took third place at a food product competition hosted by the American Dairy Science Association with their creation of Oodlebar .

The student becomes the teacher

In 2004, Matt Rowling graduated with a PhD in nutrition from the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences at Iowa State. Ten years later, he is an associate professor and director of the program from which he graduated, and he expects that history will help him guide and encourage current and future students in the program.

ISU clincian promotes healthful eating by helping plant garden at PGA event

PGA Tour Wives Association and PGA of America Spouses got a helping hand from Tonya Krueger, a register dietitian and clinician for the Iowa State University Dietetics Internship, during their most recent PGA Championship charity event in Kentucky.  

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    Iowa State University offers the only accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics in the State of Iowa for students who want to become registered dietitians and has been recognized by colleagues in the profession as a very well-respected and rigorous program.

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