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Science based. Human focused.


  • Third best human development and family sciences program in the U.S.
  • The top dietetics program in Texas.
  • Top 10 nutrition graduate program.
  • Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, is one of the oldest and most prestigious child development centers in the U.S.
  • External research expenditures for 2013- 2015 of $8 million.
  • Partnered with University of Texas at San Antonio Health Science Center to give experience with patients to students working on translational cancer research.
  • 75 honors students in human development and nutritional sciences are gaining real-world research experience in faculty laboratories.
  • Offers unique study abroad opportunities for students studying textiles and business in China and India, nutrition and health in Italy and South Africa, or early childhood development in Italy.
  • Collection of over 6,000 textiles and apparel items, accessories and artifacts dating from 1820s to 1980s apparel are used for student and graduate student hands-on cultural conservation research.
  • Experiential learning opportunities in public health, fashion, child development, and more.
  • More than 5,000 people attend Annual Fashion Show showcasing senior apparel designers’ work.
  • Home to UT Austin's growing public health program
  • Offers unique Public Health summer internship in Brownsville. • Has internships in clinical dietetics and food service management to nutrition students.
  • Offers over 50 internships and practicums in human development and family sciences
  • Developing an online Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences.


The School of Human Ecology draws upon the disciplines of science, art, and health to advance understanding about enduring human experiences, research into complex human challenges, and education that prepares students to be leaders in their communities and improve quality of life.

Departments and majors

Department of Nutritional Sciences 
Department of Human Development and Family Sciences 
Division of Textiles and Apparel
Major in Public Health 


1841 Undergraduate (Fall 2019)
84 Graduate (Fall 2019)


56 faculty (tenured, tenure-track and non tenure track)
2 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards
3 President's Associates Teaching Awards
1 Friar Centennial Teaching Award
1 member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers
1 Provost Teaching Fellow
26 CNS Teaching Excellence Awards
1 CNS Outreach Award


Parenting / Family / Aging / Nutrition / Child Development / Cancer / Obesity / Birth Defects / Prenatal Environment / Fiber and Textile Manufacturing

Affiliated Collections, Centers & Institutes

Dell Pediatric Research Institute
Historical Textiles and Apparel Collection
Population Research Center