As a UHM alumna, I returned to the Human Nutrition, Food, and Animal Science Department because of the fascinating Pacific-focused research. Being a Pacific Islander and dietitian, I value how food choices and behaviors are influenced by the islands’ unique cultures and geographic characteristics. Obesity prevention research incorporating the essence of island cultures is feasible and supported through this PhD program.
Thus far, I have benefited from the program by having experts in the areas of nutrition, epidemiology, biostatistics, indigenous health, and related sciences willing and available to provide guidance. Another benefit to studying at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is being close to home. The diversity of both students and faculty offer unique insights that advance my research and “expand my horizon,” which creates a comfortable learning environment.
– Tanisha Aflague, MS, RD