Nutritional Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health

Nutritional Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health

November 19, 2019 1 By Ewald Bahringer


[ Music ]>>My dream job is to be a
professor, and I want to do research.>>I would like to work in
the pediatric hospitals.>>The reason I’m here, basically,
is to learn about this kind of food system’s aspect of public health.>>I love food, and everyone
should have it [laughter].>>Across the leading schools of public health
in the United States, surprisingly there — are not that many have their own standalone
Department of Nutritional Sciences. And the reason we’re able to
do it is we had huge growth in our long-standing human nutrition program.>>So much of what we do in nutrition is
preventing disease and preventing suffering. And without a good understanding of the
sort of basic science and prevention, there’s so much missed opportunity in the field.>>I didn’t even realize how much I
could learn until I came here truly.>>We get to interact with the
students like they’re colleagues. Because they’re thinking at a really high level.>>The problems we face in nutrition are
so big, that we really need everybody to be thinking as creatively as possible.>>All the faculty have been very personable. Very open to questions.>>We have faculty that are doing
research in the developing world. We have faculty that are
looking at communities here. And how to encourage and build robust programs.>>When I came back from the US Peace Corps,
I was looking to apply that experience. And I was very interested in doing
international development work.>>My research is focused on early life origins of childhood obesity and
related metabolic disorders.>>Nutrition to me, seems foundational
to any other sort of economic development that needs to happen within countries.>>In my research, one component
of it is metabolomics. Which is the systematic study of
low molecular weight compounds in our biological tissues and fluids.>>Michigan here has one of the
metabolomics cores in the country. And that’s what I’m into, and hopefully
will be pursuing my PhD after my masters in.>>One of the things we’re able to do
that I think makes us really stand apart as an opportunity for students, is the ability to leverage our interdisciplinary
links in our collaborations.>>We have not only our departmental
colleagues to collaborate with, and to draw from the expertise, but
also an enormous range of scholars within our school, and also
across the university.>>I worked with one of our
faculty, Dr. Zick on her diet and fatigue study
for breast cancer survivors.>>Our program is strong in both the
statistics and quantitative aspects of research. As well as the basic sciences.>>What’s exciting about the
nutrition department in particular, is that we have a program that’s specifically
targeted at training future dieticians.>>After my second year is
complete, and I graduate in May, I’m going to start the dietetic internship. And you’re rotating to different departments. A couple weeks for each department. And at the end of that you sit for your RD
— your registered dietitian exam.>>Most other schools make you
get like, your masters in science and then separately get your
RD. And it was nice here that you could kind of do
it as one, fluid program.>>I personally love Ann Arbor. I think this is a great town to go, and
be in your 20s, and go to grad school in.>>It has a bit of the urban vibe. But not as intense, and in-your-face as
it would be, to live in a large city.>>There are so many places to eat. And so many different farmer’s markets and
co-ops that you can take advantage of here.>>Whether it’s different fairs that
come into the area in the summertime. Or different student organization events
that happen during the school year. There’s always something to do.>>It’s actually kind of annoying after
a while, how many emails they send out with these awesome opportunities. Because there’s no way you could
ever take advantage of all of them.>>I think it’s a great home for both
faculty and students interested in a whole range of nutritional science-related areas.>>The fascinating thing about nutrition
is you can use it at different points in your life to take several different paths. To work clinically. To work in the community. To work at a government level. To move in and out of research.>>The program is definitely really difficult. You’ll have to put a lot of work
into it, and it’s exhausting. But the — what I’ve learned, and the support
I’ve got from the staff has been incredible.>>If you’re fascinated with nutrition, and
you want to make a difference in the world, you should come to the University of Michigan. [ Music ]