Human Nutrition as a science deals with the foods which the human organism requires the utilization and elimination of the waste products. Dietetics, on the other hand, is the application of Nutrition and Dietetics is thus engaged in a broad multidisciplinary study bridging the gap between the areas of food science, applied medical science and management studies
The programme, the first of its kind in the NigerianUniversity system, was established in 1961 as the Department of Home Economics in the Faculty of Agriculture. The first Head of Department of Home Economics was Madelieine W. Kirkland. The department then offers a programme for the B.Sc degree in Home Economics. All the students were expected to complete, in addition to 48 credit hours in General Studies, certain courses in the Natural Sciences, Sociology and Education. After completion of the second year of the programme then the students specialized in either Food and Nutrition or the Teaching of Home Economics or Textile and Clothing. In 1973/74 the decision was taken to broaden the scope of the Department to provide a nucleus for new academic initiatives in the areas of Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics. The name of the Department was consequently changed to the Department of Food and Home Sciences.