December 26, 2019 - January 10, 2020
(Depart from U.S.A. - Depart from host country)
This program brings together the role of the biological processes that influence hunger with the physiological responses to cues in the social and neighborhood environment that influence what people eat. The connection between what people eat and lifelong health consequences of dietary patterns can be seen at the individual, familial and community level. Topics in the course offered will include hunger and satiety, the nutrition transition - how modernization influences the types of food that are available in our communities and taste preferences - food aversions, food marketing, food policy, sustainability, the role of the food environment and nutrition policy.
Holding this course in Australia provides a unique context to explore the differences between the United States in regards to food policies that may seem similar in certain ways and vastly different in others. Australia has a similar food profile yet their policy structure for commercials, advertising and family meals varies relative to their U.S. counterpart. By exploring these topics and visiting communities on the ground, students will begin to appreciate the role that marketing, food availability and policies plays in the shaping of food choices in the U.S.
For a draft of the day-by-day itinerary, click here!
- Hear faculty guest lectures from the University of Melbourne Food Science Department, the La Trobe University Human Nutrition Department, the Monash University Food Science Department, as well as members of both the Australian Dairy Industry Council and the Plenty Food Group
- Explore the Yarra Valley Winery, a local farm, St. David's micro-dairy, and Panny's Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
- Spend a morning with an Aboriginal guide in the Royal Botanical Gardens to discuss traditional foods and uses of indigenous plants
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines who have completed DHN 101 and 212.
For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions or UK Graduate School Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program director prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course.
UK Faculty-Directed programs are conducted by University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.
- Undergraduates will enroll in DHN 318: Hunger, Food Behavior and Environment (3 credit hours). Graduate students will need to work with the program director in order to earn academic credit for participation in this program.
- Note: DHN 318 is a core requirement of Human Nutrition Studies. DHN 101 and 212 are pre-requisites of the course
- All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour), but graduate students will not be required to complete EAP 599-related coursework. Graduate students may opt out of EAP 599 altogether if they wish, however, graduate students who opt out of the course altogether will have to pay tuition for the above listed course(s).
Housing & Meals
Students will reside in shared rooms in a hostel or hotel while in Sydney, Cairns, and Melbourne. Breakfast will be provided each day, as will six group meals, but students will be responsible for the cost of all other meals on their own.
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Costs and Budget" information page. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.
This program runs in collaboration with the University of Kentucky and International Studies Abroad (ISA). Students will complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and supplemental materials with ISA. The supplemental application materials are for administrative purposes and will be provided to all accepted students AFTER the UK application deadline.