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

February 2015 News Notes

Read news notes from faculty, staff, and students for February 2015.



#FutureCyclones invited to Spring 2015 FSHN Day
Interested in food science? How about dietetics or nutrition? Perhaps culinary science is more your taste. All high school juniors and sophomores interested in these career paths are invited to attend #ISUFSHNDay on March 3, 2015.


January 2015 News Notes

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December 2014 News Notes

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November 2014 News Notes

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October 2014 News Notes

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September 2014 News Notes

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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.



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    2312 Food Science Building
    Ames, Iowa 50011

    Regular Office Hours
    M - F: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
    (515) 294-3011

  • Did You Know?

    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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