Department of Nutrition

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville




Our Mission

To promote an understanding and practice of the science of nutrition for the enhancement of the physiological and social well-being of individuals, families, and communities, primarily through research and education.

Our Vision

Achieve national recognition in academic excellence as a leading research and graduate program that prepares professionals to assume leadership roles in nutritional sciences, dietetics, and public health nutrition.

Department News

Recent publications:

In The Journal of Human Lactation by Zixin Lou, Guo Zeng, John Orme, Lujiao Huang, Fang Liu,  Xuehong Pang,  Katherine Kavanagh

Breastfeeding knowledge, attitudes, and intention in a sample of Chinese undergraduate students.


In The Journal of Human Lactation by Zixin Lou, Guo Zeng, Lujiao Huang, Yu Wang, Lan Zhou, Katherine Kavanagh
Maternal reported indicators and causes of perceived insufficient milk supply


In Pediatrics by Chantelle Hart, Mary Carskadon, Robert Considine, Joseph Fava, Jessica Lawton, Hollie Raynor, Elissa Jelalian, Judith Owens, and Rena Wing

Changes in Children’s Sleep Duration on Food Intake, Weight, and Leptin


In Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry by Meredith Howell, Rui Li, Rui Zhang, Yang Li, Wei Chen, and Guoxun Chen

The expression of Apoc3 mRNA is regulated by HNF4α and COUP-TFII, but not acute retinoid treatments, in primary rat hepatocytes and hepatoma cells.


In the American Journal of Health Promotion by Tonya Horacek, Adrienne White, Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, Melissa Reznar, Melissa Olfert, Jessie Morrell, Mallory Koenings, Onika Brown, Karla Shelnutt, Kendra Kattelmann, Geoff Greene, Sarah Colby, Carrie Thompson-Snyder.

PACES: A Physical Activity Campus Environmental Supports Audit on University Campuses.

Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0:  Maternal Obesity to be held September 19, 2014.  To view the registration open flyer click HERE.

To register for the ONSITE colloquium click HERE.

To register for the WEBCAST colloquium click HERE.

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