Few topics relative to the health care industry generate more discussion, more argument or more passionate interest than nutrition and food. Nutrition profoundly affects the health of the entire human population even though the topics and issues relative to food and health vary greatly from country to country and even community to community. Even small changes to our diet can contribute to the prevention of several health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and other chronic conditions.
Our department has a long history of preparing students become experts on food and nutrition. For more than 100 years Samford University has prepared students to be leaders in nutrition and dietetics. Our alumni are employed in diverse areas of nutrition and dietetics in hospitals, clinics, other health care facilities, education, research, food and nutrition-related business and industries, sports nutrition, corporate wellness program, community and public health settings.
As a Nutrition and Dietetics major, a Foods and Nutrition major, or as a Nutrition graduate student at Samford University, you will learn from faculty who are leaders in their field and who are passionate about your success.
Suresh Mathews, Ph.D., FACN, FICS, Chair, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Whether you are looking for more effective ways to feed starving people in famine-ridden countries or battling the twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes in developed nations, there are an infinite number of opportunities for you, called to nutrition and dietetics, to make a difference in the lives of individuals and entire populations.
Undergraduate Majors & Minor
Foods and Nutrition Major
Foods and nutrition majors combine the basic knowledge of culinary skills and personal nutrition and apply this knowledge to a variety of other areas.
Nutrition and Dietetics Major
Samford's nutrition and dietetic program has been preparing students to become competent, entry-level dietitians/nutritionists (RDN) for 100 years.
Our minor in Nutrition is a strong addition not only for students interested in the health sciences but also for students in other majors who are interested in nutrition, food studies, and health. The minor in Nutrition provides undergraduates with a foundational knowledge in the study of nutrition, with a focus on food, and community health, through the lifespan.
Online Master of Science in Nutrition
Samford's Master of Science in nutrition provides advanced training in nutrition and prepares students and dietitians for positions in health care, community, education, research and leadership in nutrition programs.
Online Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.)
Samford's Doctor of Public Health is designed for individuals who are called to serve as the next generation of leaders in our public health workforce. Through this doctoral program, students develop a broad understanding of public health through the integration of multiple disciplines and the ability to apply scientific findings to address complex problems of public health policy and practice.
Pharm.D./Master of Science in Nutrition
A healthy lifestyle and optimum nutrition plays a vital role in a pharmacist’s care of patients, especially those with chronic diseases. Our joint Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Science in nutrition program is coordinated with Samford’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy and is designed to equip pharmacy students with advanced knowledge in the field of nutrition science to complement your pharmacy degree.
Samford's dietetic internship is a post-baccalaureate program which fulfills the requirements to become eligible to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians offered by the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR).
Samford Wellness Kitchen
The Samford Wellness Kitchen offers classes to the Samford and Birmingham community. Lead by faculty in the School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, participants learn from registered dietitians and chefs, garnering skills and knowledge that will help them prepare healthy and delicious meals. Currently, due to COVID-19 guidelines on campus, classes are only available to current Samford students.