Nutritional Sciences

Chair's Welcome

Dr. Thomas Fungwe, PhD, CFS, Chairperson, welcomes you to the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Howard University.

The Department of Nutritional Sciences is located in the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, and provides our students with a challenging educational program.  Nutritional sciences has emerged and now plays a significant role in the health sciences, health disparities, and public policy.

Our program effectively integrates these multiple disciplines by providing students with an exceptional, collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to nutrition education and research by offering students admitted to this Department with opportunities to pursue the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctoral Degrees in Nutritional Sciences. The Nutritional Sciences Department values diversity in people, cultures, learning, and science. Collaboration with experts in medicine, biomedical sciences, cellular and molecular biology, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, and multiple disciplines within the field of agricultural, consumer, and environmental sciences is important and routine for students and faculty to promote health, wellness, and reduce nutrition-related health disparities. 

I encourage you to browse the Department’s website to explore all of our opportunities to learn and discover. Feel free to contact us at  or Phone: (202) 806-6238 with your questions.

About the Department

The Department of Nutritional Sciences is a part of the Division of Allied Health Sciences which is located in the College of, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. The Department provides challenging educational programs for our students.

The Department of Nutritional Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutritional Sciences. The course of study provides a basic core for all students in the program and yet offers flexibility for pursuing career goals. The curriculum allows students to complete the general education and basic science courses in the first two years. During the last two years, students, along with their advisors, select courses, which prepare them to become dietitians or nutritionist. The Bachelor of Science is Degree is offered with emphases in Community Nutrition, Human Nutrition and Food, and the fully accredited Coordinated Undergraduate Program in Dietetics. The department also offers a three semester verification program for individuals to complete the practicum requirement for dietetic registration. More than three semesters may be needed to complete the verification program if the student needs to take additional courses.

Many students use this foundation at the Bachelor's level to prepare for further graduate / professional study in nutrition, medicine and dentistry. Many of our graduates are employed as health care providers, researchers, educators, policy makers and administrators locally, nationally and internationally.


The Coordinated Dietetics Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).