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What area do you teach?

Food Science and Nutrition (Dietetics)


PhD - Food Science and Nutrition
MPhil - Nutrition and Food Science
MS - Nutrition and Food Science


I teach courses in the Food and Nutrition discipline. Recently taught courses include Advanced Nutrition, Pathophysiology, Vitamins metabolism, Research Methods, Community Nutrition, Food Science, Food Safety, Food and Culture, and Nutrition for Health (Introductory Nutrition). I strive to enhancement students’ academic experiences through study abroad and global nutrition work.

My academic preparation is in multiple Food and Nutrition areas, including Public Health Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition, Food Science and Technology, and Food & Social Factors of Nutrition. My research interests are driven by need of the moment and include clinical nutrition intervention trials, nutritional assessment of population groups, nutrient analysis of foods, sensory evaluation of food products, food adulteration, and food in emergency & humanitarian crisis.

I cherish the fact that I was the Co-Principal Investigator of the landmark national clinical research trial that resulted in the introduction of iodized salt in Ghana. This intervention has alleviated many iodine deficiency disorders (IDDs), including deaf, mutism, infantile cretinism, growth failure and brain damage in children, and infertility, depressed mental capacity, cancer and goiter in adults.

I am motivated to impart nutrition knowledge to students and the public because I feel, in addition to academic credits, nutrition knowledge is essential to good health. A healthy nation is a prosperous one.


  • Tayie FA, Lambert LA, Aryeetey R, Xu B, Brewer G. Anthropometric characteristics of children living in food insecure households in the United States. Public Health Nutrition, 2021;24(15):4803-4811.
  • Tayie, FA, Xu B, Timlin M, Dumars A, Jackson J. Food insecurity is associated with higher-than-normal blood serum copper level. Public Health Nutrition, 2019;22(13):2339-2345.
  • Tayie FA, Wu C. Large Bone not Necessarily High Bone Mineral Density: Evidence from a National Survey. Calcif Tissue Int., 2019;104:145-151.
  • Cao GY , Li M, Han L, Tayie FA, Yao SS, Huang Z, Ai P, Liu YZ, Hu YH, Xu B. Dietary Fat Intake and Cognitive Function among Older Populations: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Prev Alzheimers Dis. 2019;6(3):204-211.
  • Tayie FA, Beck GL. Alcoholic beverage consumption contributes to calories and moisture intakes, and body weight status. Nutrition, 2016;32(7-8):799-805.
  • Quanjer P, Tayie FA, et all. All-age relationships between armspan and height in different ethnic groups. Eur Respir J., 2014 Oct;44(4):905-912.
  • Tayie FA, Koduah G, Mork SAP. Geophagia clay soil as a source of mineral nutrients and toxicants. African Journal of Food Agriculture, Nutrition and Development, 2013;13(1):7158-7170.
  • Tayie FA, Schoenborn B, Powell C. Gender differences in the association between prenatal smoking and decreased birthweight, and intensive health care of the neonate. Behavioral Medicine, 2012;38:138-142.
  • Tayie FA, Jourdan K. Hypertension, dietary salt restriction, and iodine deficiency among adults. American Journal of Hypertension, 2010;23(10):1095-1102.


Professional Organizations

  • American Society of Nutrition (ASN)
  • Nutrition Education and Behavior Division of ASN
  • Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB)
  • Public Health Nutrition Division of SNEB
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)

Best Advice for Students

All subjects are equally important. Study all subjects with equal zeal because they may make the difference in your future profession. Even within the same discipline, so-called “ordinary contents” may make the difference between success and failure in a profession. Be culturally competent and be able to delineate fact from misinformation. You will be very busy but with good time management, you can make it.