Dr. Will EvansWelcome to the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion. The department is a comprehensive department offering teaching, research, and outreach designed to extend the continuum from the processing of food to its marketing, consumption, and impact on public health and community.

Our Mission

The mission of the Mississippi State University Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion is to advance an integrative approach to foods, nutrition, and health by innovative research and progressive education of undergraduate and graduate students, and to educate the public through creative outreach.

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Our Programs

Our department offers BS degree programs in several fields, including a national Institute of Food Technologists-approved food science program, food processing, food safety, culinology (in conjunction with MS University for Women), and a nationally Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics-accredited dietetic/nutrition program. We offer MS degrees in food science, nutrition and health promotion, and a Ph.D. degree in food science and nutrition. Our Health Promotion master's program provides students with the capability to take the Certified Health Education Specialists tests. Our department also offers various industry and community-based Extension programs, aiming to enhance the growth of the food industries and to improve the nutrition, wellness and health of our citizens and communities. Some examples of the Extension/outreach programs include the HACCP, Food Defense, Food Security, ServSafe, and Marination 101 short courses. Our department is the host of a USDA-ARS sponsored research program on the development of the Center for Food Safety and Post-Harvest Technology. In addition to food safety research, our food science research encompasses the utilization of poultry, meat, aquatic foods, soybean, fruits and vegetables and other food crops produced in the state of Mississippi. Our nutrition and health research and extension programs have various focuses and includes the prevention of obesity and associated chronic diseases, and other health issues. Thank you for visiting our website to explore our programs for meeting your needs. We look forward to serving you in the near future.

Dr. Will Evans

Contact Us

The Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion is located in the Herzer Building. We welcome the opportunity for you to visit us and learn about the great work in the department.

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