The discipline of Human Nutrition is part of the Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences Department. Nutrition had its academic roots in colleges of home economics and departments of biochemistry. It is now generally viewed as a biochemical science. It includes the field of dietetics, which is centered on patient nutrition care.
Teaching and research interests are concentrated in the areas of nutritional biochemistry and physiology, mineral nutrition, nutrition and disease, nutrition and toxicology, nutrition education, nutrition behavior, and community nutrition and international nutrition.
The department offers the BS degree with a focus in dietetics and human nutrition. Within the human nutrition option, there is a focus on nutrition education and sports nutrition. The dietetic option has been approved by the American Dietetic Association (Plan V). The Department also offers an MS degree.
In addition to supporting this discipline, the library collection in nutrition also serves the needs of personnel in other health science disciplines researching diet and disease relationships, and State and Federal agencies with nutrition responsibilities.
In addition to its own literature, nutrition depends heavily on the literature in medicine, biochemistry, physiology, and other biomedical sciences.
The Hawaiian Collection and the Pacific Collection are the primary collectors of material originating in Hawaii, and about islands of the Pacific. Duplicate copies of selected items may be added to the Hamilton Collection. The Government Documents Collection provides national and international government publications from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, and Health and Human Services, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Health Organization.
The John A. Burns School of Medicine Library Resource Center is also available to faculty and students.
Date compiled: 7/01 Compiler: Eileen Herring