About our program

The Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition (GPHN) at OHSU has two principal areas of curricular focus: human nutrition and dietetics, and food systems and society.  GPHN graduates come from diverse backgrounds but share an interest in improving outcomes for individuals and society.  

Nutrition and Dietetics 
There are three options for study in nutrition and dietetics at OHSU. Students in these programs build a foundation to provide innovative, evidence-based, nutrition care and dietetics services that promote and enhance health and wellness for all people. Graduates are efficient and effective communicators who use far-reaching, social networking mediums, and individual and group counseling to disseminate information about nutrition to clients, colleagues, and the global community.  Learn more here:  

Food Systems and Society 
Our Master’s program in Food Systems and Society focuses on the societal factors that enable and constrain the development of equitable food systems. Students draw on interdisciplinary social sciences to examine concepts, perspectives, and strategies for identifying causes and remedies to social problems in the food system. Graduates are well-positioned to work in the policy arena, lead nonprofit organizations, serve as researchers and writers, create innovative enterprises, or enhance their existing professional practice with complementary knowledge and skills. Learn more here:  

Stakeholder and Data Engagement 2020 Award Winner

Alumni Highlight

Natalie Damen

Congratulations to Natalie Damen, MS, RD, CSP, LD, for her recent publication based on her thesis work at OHSU. Natalie's project investigated the association between maternal dietary fat intake during pregnancy and newborn adiposity. Natalie worked closed on her project and publication with several faculty at OHSU including Dr. Melanie Gillingham, Dr. Joyanna Hansen, Dr. Nicole Marshall, Dr. Kent Thornburg, and Dr. Jonathan Purnell. She is now a clinical pediatric dietitian in Portland. Learn more about her publication