Graduate Catalog
2018-2019
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Wallace Hall, an academic building on West Campus Drive, contains classrooms, offices, and laboratories that support various departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. The original building, constructed of red brick like adjacent Hillcrest Hall, was under construction in 1966 and was occupied in January, 1969. Named for Maude E. Wallace, state home demonstration agent 1929-38; assistant director of Extension 1938-59.
338 Wallace Hall, 295 West Campus Drive, Mail Code:0430 Blacksburg VA 24061
Wallace Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MS
MS Degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
• PhD
PhD Degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
• MS
MS Degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
• PhD
PhD Degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
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Web Resource(s):
Phone Number(s):
540/231-5549
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Feb 01
Spring: Oct 01
Summer I: May 01
Summer II: Jun 01
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Department Head : Matthew Hulver
Graduate Program Director : Madlyn Frisard
Professors: Brenda Davy; Kevin Davy; Dongmin Liu; Janet Rankin; Elena Serrano; Jay Williams
Associate Professors: David Brown; Deborah Good; Robert Grange; Matthew Hulver; Young Ju; Eva Schmelz
Assistant Professors: Zhiyong Cheng; Samantha Harden; Valisa Hedrick; Vivica Kraak; Carlin Rafie
Research Assistant Professors: Madlyn Frisard

Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise Introduction

Our mission is to discover, translate, and disseminate health-related advances in the nutrition, food, and exercise sciences. The work of the faculty and graduate students in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise (HNFE) contributes significantly to scientific progress through molecular and clinical advances leading to prevention and improved treatment of obesity and chronic diseases; behavioral discoveries that lead to effective intervention programs for youth and adults; and interdisciplinary research teams who speed the translation of scientific discoveries to effective therapeutic and public health interventions that will benefit Virginians and the nation. We provide exceptional training for our students focusing on the preparation of future professionals who are knowledgeable, committed to life-long learning, and are ethical, culturally sensitive, and able to work collaboratively as well as independently. Training in the use of rigorous scientific inquiry is the cornerstone of the HNFE graduate program. We foster innovation across all three Virginia Tech missions areas - teaching, research, and outreach - by (1) supporting programs that promote sustainability and community viability and encouraging student participation in research and extension; (2) designing, developing, and implementing programs and policies through a participatory and shared effort between the HNFE research and teaching community; and (3) utilizing our teaching and research expertise to improve the health across diverse populations. Finally, the department's main focus is on addressing one of the most critical public health challenges of today - obesity and chronic disease.

Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • iBT
      • 90.0

The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise offers a thesis-based Master's degree in one of three focus areas: Molecular and Cellular Science, Clinical Physiology and Metabolism, and Behavioral and Community Science.  The minimum requirements for the MS degree are 30 graduate credit hours of which at least 20 credit hours must be course work (12 credit hours of 5000-level or higher) and at least 6 credit hours must be thesis research. The Department also requires MS students to complete Translational Science in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise (HNFE 5204), 1 credit hour of HNFE Seminar (HNFE 5044), and 3 credit hours of statistics.

 


Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Degree (BS/MS)

Seniors in a Virginia Tech bachelor's degree program, who have a GPA of 3.4 or better, may be eligible for an Accelerated Master’s Degree in HNFE.  Students must apply to the Graduate School for a Master's degree and submit the Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Degree and Course Designation Form to the Graduate School before the start of their senior year.  The minimum requirements for the BS/ MS degree are the same as the Master's degree and 30 graduate credits of which at least 20 credits must be course work (12 credits of 5000-level or higher) and at least 6 credits must be thesis research credit hours. The Department also requires MS students to complete Translational Science in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise (HNFE 5204), 1 credit hour of HNFE Seminar (HNFE 5044) and 3 credit hours of statistics.  Students in this program may also apply for Dual Status during the final year of their undergraduate degree program.  This allows students to obtain graduate credit during their senior year. 

 



Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • iBT
      • 90.0

The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise offers doctoral degrees in one of three focus areas: Molecular and Cellular Science, Clinical Physiology and Metabolism, and Behavioral and Community Science.  The minimal requirements for the doctoral degree are 90 graduate credit hours of which at least 27 credit hours are based on course work (21 credit hours of 5000-level or higher) and at least 30 credit hours of dissertation research.  The Department also requires all doctoral students to participate in graduate seminar, Translational Science in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise (HNFE 5204), and 6 credit hours of statistics.





Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0

The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise offers a thesis-based Master's degree in one of three focus areas: Molecular and Cellular Science, Clinical Physiology and Metabolism, and Behavioral and Community Science.  The minimum requirements for the MS degree are 30 graduate credits of which at least 20 credits are based on course work (12 credits of 5000-level or higher) and at least 6 credits of thesis research hours. The Department requires also requires MS students to complete 1 credit hour of HNFE Seminar (HNFE 5044) and 3 credit hours of statistics.



Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Degree (BS/MS)

Seniors in a Virginia Tech bachelor's degree program, who have a GPA of 3.4 or better, may be eligible for an Accelerated Master’s Degree in HNFE.  Students must apply to the Graduate School for a Master's degree and submit the Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Degree and Course Designation Form to the Graduate School before the start of their senior year.  The minimum requirements for the BS/ MS degree are 30 graduate credits of which at least 20 credits are based on course work (12 credits of 5000-level or higher) and at least 6 credits of thesis research hours. The Department requires also requires MS students to complete 1 credit hour of HNFE Seminar (HNFE 5044) and 3 credit hours of statistics.  Students in this program may also apply for Dual Status during the final year of their undergraduate degree program.  This allows students to obtain graduate credit during their senior year. 

 



Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0

The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise offers doctoral degrees in one of three focus areas: Molecular and Cellular Science, Clinical Physiology and Metabolism, and Behavioral and Community Science.  The minimal requirements for the PhD degree require a minimum of 90 credit hours of courses including research and dissertation. The minimum number of credit hours for courses numbered 5000-level or higher is 27. Research and dissertation hours must be at least 30 credit hours. The Department also requires all doctoral students to participate in graduate seminar (HNFE 5044), complete a two term departmental core course sequence, and 3 credit hours of statistics.



Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise Facilities Introduction

The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise is just one facet of a large and vibrant life science research enterprise at Virginia Tech. Our faculty study a range of health issues using cutting edge research equipment and facilities. Laboratory facilities available to support graduate student research include: molecular nutrition laboratories, muscle function and metabolism laboratories, small animal care facilities, a clinical research laboratory including a comprehensive body composition laboratory and an exercise-testing laboratory, a metabolic kitchen, two foods laboratories including a sensory evaluation facility, and the implementation and systems science laboratory.

The Department also places considerable effort on generating and disseminating research findings. HNFE faculty are intimately involved in two Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs (IGEP) with the goal of promoting and sustaining interdisciplinary graduate education and research at Virginia Tech.

The Translational Obesity Research IGEP is drawing faculty and students from diverse disciplines together to form integrative research teams with a central focus on translational obesity research, spanning from “cells to society” (i.e., from basic science to practice, policy and practice implementation; or type 1 to 4 research translation). Faculty and graduate students from the departments of HNFE, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Communication, Human Development, and Psychology are working together to cross traditional boundaries and conduct innovative translational obesity research.

The Water INTERface IGEP spans Engineering, Science, and Human Health, and is united by a central focus of "Water for Health", spanning from "pipes to people". This IGEP includes graduate students and faculty from HNFE, Food Science and Technology, Biological Sciences, and Civil and Environmental Engineering to address technical and societal challenges of transforming low-quality water resources into clean water for healthy living, and to promote water consumption for optimal health. 

The HNFE faculty enjoys strong collegial relationships with others of similar interests in the Departments of Biochemistry, Animal and Poultry Science, Food Science and Technology, other departments within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Veterinary Medicine as well as the Departments of Psychology and Human Development. HNFE also collaborates with the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and Carilion Clinic Departments of Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Research. There are strong ties with the Student Health Center, statewide and national food and nutrition programs, and community agencies and health care facilities in the Blacksburg, Roanoke, and surrounding areas. The department faculty members are committed to the individual mentoring of each student. A faculty member usually has no more than four to six graduate students, allowing time for careful attention to each. Students also learn to know faculty and other graduate students who serve as informal mentors through graduate classes and attendance at Department seminars or informal research presentations.

HNFEs partnership with Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and Carilion Clinic has resulted in the Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors located at VT Riverside in Roanoke, conducts transformative health behaviors research with the primary objectives of prevention and treatment of lifestyle related disease.

 

 

Facilities

The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise occupies space in Wallace Hall, War Memorial Hall, the Integrated Life Sciences Building at the Corporate Research Center, and VT Riverside in Roanoke.

Wallace Hall contains The Laboratory for Eating Behaviors and Weight Management, The Dietary Assessment laboratory, and the Metabolic Kitchen.  The Food and Nutrition Policy Group is also located in Wallace Hall.

The Integrated Life Sciences Building (ILSB) houses researchers from diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, virology, biology, nutritional biochemistry, genetics, foods science, and behavioral science.  The Molecular Nutrition, Muscle Function, and Muscle Metabolism laboratories can be found here as well as groups working on the molecular aspects of health, nutrition, and disease, including genetic determinants of obesity and the prevention of cancer, diabetes, and hypertension. This research is performed in laboratories equipped with modern molecular and cell biology instruments and tools for cellular and animal research. The building also houses equipment for the metabolic phenotyping core that allows for determination of body composition, whole body energy metabolism, glucose and insulin tolerance, analysis of metabolites, and more. Furthermore, core facilities for quantitative real-time PCR, cell culture, radio-labeled substrate metabolism, mitochondrial function, histology, confocal microscopy, and flow cytometry are also located in the building.

Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors located in VT Riverside in Roanoke conducts transformative health behaviors research with the primary objectives of prevention and treatment of life-style related diseases.

VT Riverside in Roanoke houses additional space for clinical and behavioral scientists and the Fralin Translational Obesity Research Center for clinical and community research.

War Memorial Hall houses The Human Integrative Physiology laboratory and provides the infrastructure for clinical studies requiring measurements of cardiovascular structure and function, submaximal and maximal exercise performance, body composition (DEXA), resting and exercise energy expenditure and substrate metabolism, and collection and processing of tissue and blood samples.

 

Resources: Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory (http://www.hipl.hnfe.vt.edu/index.html) VT Metabolic Phenotyping Core (https://www.hnfe.vt.edu/research/phenotyping_core/index.html) Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors (https://ctrhb.vtc.vt.edu/)
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