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University Of Michigan Starting New Department Of Nutritional Sciences

The University of Michigan
University of Michigan

The University of Michigan's School of Public Health is creating a new department to study the complex issues around nutrition.  

From the genome level up to studying societies, the new Department of Nutritional Sciences will take an interdisciplinary approach to the complex issue.

Public Health Dean Martin Philbert says the challenge includes trying to understand why educated people choose food that's not good for them long term. "Why we make the nutritional choices that we do. Why we tend to eat things that taste good and are rewarding, but may affect our waistline somewhat adversely," Philbert says.

Philbert says the Nutrition Department will work with colleagues in Medicine; Kinesiology; and Literature, Science and the Arts.

Work on graduate degrees in Nutritional Sciences starts next fall.

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Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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