Academic and research programs in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition focus on the nutritional, behavioral, physiological and psychosocial aspects of health, wellness, illness and aging within a socio-ecological framework. With our undergraduate and graduate academic programs there is an abundance of opportunity and challenge for newly educated professionals in the fields of health behavior science, health promotion, and nutrition and dietetics.


The Behavioral Health and Nutrition programs train students in the science and practice of health behavior science, health promotion, nutrition, and dietetics.


Our team members collaborate with you and each other to develop interdisciplinary plans to help you achieve and maintain wellness. We offer services such as: nutrition counselinghealth coaching, and exercise counseling.


Behavioral Health and Nutrition faculty members are productive researchers, dedicated to addressing some of our leading health problems. Research faculty are funded through the National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Agriculture, the American Heart Association, the Delaware Division of Public Health, and other private foundations. This work creates many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

Alumni Feature: Mackenzie Perkett, 2018 MSHP

When it came to selecting a program of study for health behavior science and promotion, the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition’s BS in Health Behavior Science, and MS in Health Promotion, were an easy choice for Mackenzie Perkett. “The opportunities to work...

Alumni Feature: Irene Li!

When I first began my journey to earn my master’s degree, I was anxious about how I would excel in my program, since I had no direct experience within the field of nutrition science. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Purdue University, where I learned...

Dr. Freda Patterson’s Op-Ed on Daylight Savings Time

How New York should lock the clock: Don’t switch to daylight savings time, ditch it and stick with standard time By SUSAN KOHL MALONE, FREDA PATTERSON and ANNE SKELDON NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | MAR 04, 2020 | 12:00 PM New York has joined the rally to “lock the clock,” or...

National Nutrition Month

It is National Nutrition Month! For the month of March, the BHAN Facebook will feature different nutritional tips from our Nutrition Faculty. Come check out their amazing advice on stepping up your nutrition:

Swipe Out Hunger Drive!

UD’s second Swipe Out Hunger drive will take place on February 25th, 26th, and 27th at the following locations and times: Caesar Rodney: 11:00am - 2:00pm & 6:00pm - 7:30pm Pencader: 11:00am - 2:00pm & 5:00pm - 6:30pm Russell: 11:00am - 2:00pm & 5:30pm -...



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