About the Division of Human Nutrition

Human nutrition is one of the key subject areas belonging to the core of Wageningen University & Research. The mission of the Division of Human Nutrition is to “Improve health through better nutrition”.

The five chairs of the division have joined their complementary expertise. The added value is an integrated multidisciplinary approach in human nutrition education and research. This approach involves the level of the cell, the individual and the population. Moreover, it covers the full causal chain from determinants of food choice, to intake of foods and nutrients which affects nutritional status and body function, and subsequently health and disease. Our unique setting stimulates breakthrough research on the crossroads of the different levels and disciplines. Over several years this has resulted in a (inter)national leading position in both research and education.

At the Division about 180 persons are appointed, including 25 scientific staff members, 20 postdocs, 80 (inter)national PhD candidates and 40 technical and administrative staff members. Currently about 750 (inter)national students are enrolled in the 5 years BSc-MSc programme in Human Nutrition and Health.

Education and research is extended with collaborative alliances with several institutes in and outside the Netherlands. These include the CDC, Beijing, China; the National Institute of Nutrition, Hanoi, Vietnam; the University of Nairobi, Kenya and SEAMEO, Jakarta, Indonesia. In The Netherlands, research collaboration includes the Alliance Nutrition Gelderse Vallei with the Hospital Gelderse Vallei, and the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven.