The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is one of the four Departments of Harokopio University, located in Athens, Greece. It was established in 1992 and functioned for the first time in 1994. It has a 4-year undergraduate program, as well as a postgraduate studies program, established in 2000, that leads to masters and doctoral degree. Around 360 graduate and 150 postgraduate (100 masters and 50 doctoral) students are registered, currently. The Department employees 23 teaching and scientific faculty members, 9 teaching and research assistants, as well as 35 administrative and secretarial staff. There are three laboratories: the laboratory of nutrition and clinical dietetics, the laboratory of biology, biochemistry, physiology and microbiology, and the laboratory of chemistry-biochemisty and food chemistry.
The Departments’ mission and main objectives are summarized as follows:
· Education: teaching and training of undergraduate and postgraduate students, awarding a bachelor’s degree for becoming a qualified dietitian, as well as Master’s and Doctoral degrees on nutrition. The Department is the only University Department in the country in the field of dietetics and nutritional sciences.
· Research: supporting and implementing research in all nutrition-related areas, including health promotion, community nutrition, dietary management in health and disease, basic nutrition science, nutrigenonics-nutrigenetics, and development of methodologies. Several of the projects implemented are supported by European grants.
· Public policy services: providing nutritional and health promotional services to the community, consulting Governmental and non-Governmental agencies on issues related to the development and implementation of nutrition policies, providing scientific support to the Food Industry.