Faculty members in Penn State's Department of Nutritional Sciences are multidisciplinary; they are trained in a broad range of backgrounds, including nutrition, dietetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, psychology, immunology, behavioral genetics, endocrinology, epidemiology, health promotion, nutrition education, health education, public health, medicine, and neuroscience. The faculty use a variety of innovative, interactive teaching methods to enhance student engagement and improve the learning experience.
Gina Pazzaglia, Ph.D., RDN
Gina Pazzaglia has more than 25 years experience in the field of nutritional sciences. She holds a Ph.D. in Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Education, Policy, and Evaluation. Over the past two decades, Dr. Pazzaglia has taught a wide variety of courses, from undergraduate through doctoral education. She is director of the online MPS in Nutritional Sciences, instructor in nutritional sciences, and outreach associate professor. Her current research interests include pedagogy, best practices in teaching and learning, best practices in online and hybrid learning, cultural competence and diversity skills, and nutrition education and health in the Latino population.