Through outreach, Purdue helps put knowledge to work to create new opportunities that advance our society and solve common problems. Engagement efforts within the department concentrate on helping consumers to understand and evaluate nutrition and food safety information and providing research-based information to industry professionals.


Through Purdue Extension, Nutrition Science specialists in the department develop programs aimed at helping consumers better understand and evaluate nutrition and food safety information. Extension educators in Indiana's 92 counties becomes a vital link in the community, providing information and educational programming at the point-of-need to enhance lives, homes, and communities.  The Community Health Engagement Program (CHEP) of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) aims to link the experience and skills of community leaders, health professionals, and university researchers to improve the health of Indiana citizens.


In the mid-1990s, Nutrition Science faculty had a vision for forging a stronger connection between academia and the corporations that benefit from research findings and talent cultivated by the department. Their dream led to the creation of two different programs, Corporate Affiliates and Executive in the Classroom, that today offer boundless opportunities for collaboration.

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