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Nutrition and lifestyle plays an important role not only in healthcare, but also in the prevention and management of disease. Along with the rapid social and economic growth in Malaysia, lifestyle, diet and physical activity levels of society has also experienced changes from time to time. These changes affect the pattern of morbidity and mortality rates in Malaysia, mostly due to diet related diseases, disorders, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. Since today's society has a higher level of health awareness, and ready access to information from electronic and print media, it is important to ensure that people are receiving accurate information on health, diet and nutrition. Therefore, it is important for institutions of higher learning to act more proactively in disseminating accurate information on health as well as developing the skills and knowledge in these areas particularly in the scope of nutrition , both nationally and internationally.

History of the Department

The Department of Nutrition and Community Health, Universiti Putra Malaysia was established on 1 April 1992 in conjunction with the formation of the Faculty of Human Ecology. On 1 August 1996, the Department of Biomedicine together with Department of Nutrition and Community Health formed the Faculty of Biomedical and Health Sciences. On May 1st, 1999, the department changed name to the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences. After the 1st. October 2020, the department is known as the Department of Nutrition, led by Prof. Dr. Norhasmah Sulaiman as the Head of Department.


Previous Head of Department

  • Prof. Madya Dr. Azrina Azlan ( 2 Mei 2016 - 1 Mei 2019)
  • Prof. Madya dr. Norhaizan mohd Esa ( 1 Mei 2011 - 30 April 2016)
  • Prof. Dr. Zalilah Mohd. Shariff (1 May 2009 - 30 April 2011)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd. Nasir Mohd. Taib (5 July 2006 - 30 April 2009)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rokiah Mohd. Yusof (1 May 2005 - 4 July 2006)
  • Assoc. ProfDr. Mohd. Nasir Mohd. Taib (1 May 2002 - 31 April 2005)
  • Prof. Dr. Maznah Ismail (1 August 2001 - 30 April 2002)
  • Prof. Dr. Asmah Rahmat (1 July 2000 - 31 July 2001)
  • Prof. Dr. Maznah Ismail (1 April 1994 - 31 June 2000)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zaitun Yasin (1 April 1992 - 31 March 1994)


Organization Structure

Head of Department : Professor Dr. Norhasmah Sulaiman

Head Unit :


Program Coodinator

  • Bachelor Science (Nutrition and Community Health) With Honours :Dr. Mohd Redzwan Sabran
  • Postgraduate Programme (Master in Science and Philosophy of Doctorate in the area of Community Nutrition, Nutritional Sciences, Clinical Nutrition and Nutritional Biochemistry) : Assoc. Prof. Dr. Loh Su Peng


With the close working relationship among the academicians and linkages with other institutions, our leading research areas among members of department include  : 

  • Nutritional Status at Different Life Stages
  • Food and Nutrition Security
  • Nutrition Education and Health Promotion
  • Nutrition and Cognitive Development
  • Nutritional Composition of Food
  • Bioavailability Studies
  • Functional Foods and Nutraceutical Products
  • Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases
  • Food Service Management
  • Maternal and Child Nutrition


Department of Nutrition,  UPM is committed to have strong affliation and anticipating sustainable working collaborations with other institutions.  We have established linkages with various universities, government agencies, non-government organizations and industry partners, at both national and international levels in research, consultancies, community services, students' and staffs' activities and others.  



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  • Fax Number : 03-89426769

Updated:: 05/04/2021 [m_sharfizam]


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