About the Department of Nutritional Sciences

Mission of the Undergraduate Program

The mission of the undergraduate program is to provide students with a didactic program that covers the breadth of knowledge in nutrition from molecules to organisms to populations, provides opportunities for research, and offers practical experiences and training.

Mission of the Graduate Program

The graduate program provides leadership and a central focus for nutrition research and education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It enhances the quality and breadth of nutrition by integrating resources and expertise across departments and colleges. It responds to new needs and seeks out new funding sources. It gives clear visibility to The Pennsylvania State University and its contributions in this area. The research and teaching program encompasses many areas of nutrition as applied to man and animals.

Mission of the Dietetic Internship

The Penn State University Nutrition and Dietetic Internship Program prepares a diverse group of graduates to meet the standards of performance expected of entry-level dietitians in food and nutrition practice. Furthermore, we strive to deliver a quality contemporary education for interns reflecting service, scholarship, science and social responsibility.