Department of Nutrition

Understanding the relationships between nutrition, diet, genetics, and health.

The mission of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is to improve human health through better nutrition and lifestyle. The Department strives to accomplish this goal through research aimed at an increased understanding of how diet influences health at molecular and population levels, the development of nutritional strategies, informing policy, the education of researchers and practitioners, and the dissemination of nutrition information to health professionals and the public…read more about the Department of Nutrition.


Earn a Harvard MPH in Nutrition

Acquire skills in nutrition communication and practice along with foundational knowledge in nutritional science, epidemiology, and public health through this 65-credit program.
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Explore our PhD Programs

Gain broad, interdisciplinary knowledge in quantitative and qualitative methods of enquiry for understanding the health of populations, and developmental approaches to population health science.
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75th Anniversary of the Department

Founded in 1942, the Department of Nutrition has a long and respected history both nationally and internationally. A look back on 75 years of research, education, and impact.
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The Nutrition Source

Based in the Department of Nutrition, The Nutrition Source is a leading authority on food and nutrition knowledge, providing evidence-based guidance for healthy living.