For much of human history, people's primary concern with food was making sure they were able to get enough to eat. For much of the modern world, our food concerns are very different: obesity, food safety, vitamin and mineral intake and making quality diets part of our busy lives. Nutrition majors examine these issues, as well as concerns about food availability and safety in less industrialized parts of the world. Clinical nutrition majors specialize in designing diets to meet the needs of patients with specific medical conditions.
Throughout the human life cycle, a person's environment can affect whether his or her natural development proceeds in a normal manner or is delayed or damaged in some way. Human development majors study both the biological factors such as growth, physical maturation and aging, and social factors such as parenting, education and personal choices, that affect the developmental process. UC Davis' faculty and facilities in human development give you the chance to observe growth and interaction first-hand and to participate in some of the most exciting research being done in the field today.
Global Disease Biology allows students to study disease and its relationship to the health of people, animals, plants and the environment in a global context. The program uses an interdisciplinary approach to advance understanding of diseases, societal and personal impacts, and the science behind discoveries, causes, evolution, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases. Students interested in the health sciences will integrate concepts from multiple disciplines to learn how to solve global disease and health challenges using innovative approaches.
In a climate where advice about healthy foods and nutritious diets seems to be changing every day, a science-based approach helps to sort through the conflicting information and make clear recommendations about wise food choices. The clinical nutrition program prepares students with an interest in nutrition to work with the public in a wide range of situations, from government-funded food programs to hospital diet planning.