Linda Van Horn, PhD, RD

Linda Van HornAssociate Dean for Faculty Development
Professor in Preventive Medicine

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Dr. Van Horn's research focuses on benefits derived from a lower fat diet that is rich in fruit, vegetables, protein and whole-grain fiber. The Diet and Hormone Study, the Women's Health Initiative, and International Study of Macronutrients and Blood Pressure (INTERMAP) are a sampling of the studies in which she's participated. Multi-center collaborative trials include Multiple Risk Factor Intervention, the Diet Intervention Study in Children, and the study of Coronary Artery Risk Reduction in Young Adults. Current studies include the Study of Latinos (SOL) and a pilot study on pediatric obesity intervention called Fit 4 Kids.

Integrating and expanding nutrition education into the undergraduate curriculum at the Feinberg School and providing continuing education for residents, graduate students, and medical faculty has been one major thrust for Dr. Van Horn. Nutrition outreach education for underserved populations has been another. She launched a program for low-income pregnant patients who attend the Prentice Ambulatory Clinic in which they received nutrition education from dietitian-supervised medical students.

Nationally, Dr. Van Horn was asked to serve as the Chair of the 2010 US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, including a major focus on the prevalence of obesity in America and the dietary guidance needed to address this problem.

Dr. Van Horn was awarded her PhD from the University of Illinois Health Sciences Center, a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and her RD internship at Indiana University Medical School.



USDA and DHHS: US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Chair 2008-2010.


Dr. Van Horn was recently awarded the 2010 Women with Vision award from the Illinois Women's Bar Association.


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