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.

Sleep Regularly

A new study by a team of researchers in the College of Health Sciences suggests that consistently sleeping the same amount every night is associated with better cardiovascular health. Irregular sleep may increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, even in...

Sandwiches! A publication by three of our Nutrition Faculty!

BHAN Nutrition Faculty Members Marie Kuczmarski, Nancy Cotugna, and Beth Schwenk have co-authored a paper with fellow NIA on sandwiches! Read the article here!     L to R: Marie Kuczmarski, Nancy Cotugna, Beth Schwenk  

BHAN’s Dr. Lessard looks at default healthy beverage policies

BHAN's Laura Lessard, PhD, and other UD Researchers look at default healthy beverage policies Ongoing concerns about childhood obesity have prompted more state and local governments to adopt policies that make water and milk the default beverage option for kids’ meals...

2020 Foltyn Seminar

Foltyn Seminar: Evidence and Clinical Recommendations for Low-Carb and Very-Low-Carbohydrate Diets Please join Dr. Carol Kirkpatrick as she presents the evidence for the effects on cardiometabolic risk factors of low-carb and very-low-carb diets and key...

BHAN Alum Feature: Dramatic Health Educator!

Saharra Dixon, a 2018 graduate of the University of Delaware, calls herself the “dramatic health educator.” By using theatre techniques in providing health and wellbeing support to communities during the pandemic, Dixon facilitates behavioral and social change in a...


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