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 sciencehealth promotion, and nutrition and dietetics.

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The Behavioral Health and Nutrition programs train students in the science and practice of health behavior science, health promotion, nutrition, and dietetics.

Health Behavior Sciences (BS)

Nutrition (BS)

Nutrition & Dietetics (BS)

Nutrition & Medical Sciences (BS)


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Health Behavior Science and Promotion (PhD)

Health Promotion (MS)

Clinical Health Coaching Certificate 

Nutrition Sciences (PhD)

Human Nutrition (MS)

MS Nutrition / Dietetic Internship

Dietetic Internship

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Coaching Science


Health & Wellness

Health, Physical Activity & Disability

Medical Social Services


Public Health

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Our team members collaborate with you and each other to develop interdisciplinary plans to help you achieve and maintain wellness – offering services such as nutrition counseling and health coaching.


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.



  • Patrick Harker speaking at Stern Summit

    Stern Summit paves way for future of healthcare workforce

    June 22, 2022 | Written by Colin Heffinger
    Health leaders join at the College of Health Sciences to discuss innovations and how these will shape the healthcare workforce.
  • Redesigning food pantries

    June 13, 2022 | Written by Amy Cherry
    Aspiring registered dietitians in the University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences are helping redesign food pantries with cultural awareness in mind. First-year Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Dietetic Internship students in Shannon Robson’s Nutrition Program Planning and Evaluation course teamed up with the Food Bank of Delaware (FBD) to conduct a community needs assessment to identify the wants and needs of residents so available food options could be more culturally appropriate.
  • Confronting Misinformation about COVID-19 Vaccines

    June 09, 2022 | Written by Colin Heffinger
    The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has funded an engagement award to the University of Delaware for an 18-month project focused on building partnerships across long-term care workers, technical schools, medical experts, and researchers to create a community of skilled individuals to confront low COVID-19 vaccination rates in long-term care workers.