JULIE M. METOS, PhD, RD portrait
  • Associate Dean for Community Engagement, College Of Health
  • Associate Chair, Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Family And Preventive Medicine
  • Executive Director, University of Utah Center for Community Nutrition, Nutrition & Integrative Physiology
  • Professor (Lecturer), Nutrition & Integrative Physiology

Research Summary

My research is informed by my work in community and clinical health and nutrition. Through collaborations with researchers across campus, I am looking at the role of schools and national school health policies in preventing obesity. In the obesity prevention field, it is critical to develop models of best practice that are feasible in the school setting. More recently, I am conducting intervention research on strategies for reducing diabetes risk, beginning in childhood.


  • Bachelor of Science, Nutrition, University Of Utah
  • Registered Dietitian, Nutrition, University of California Berkeley
  • Master of Public Health, MPH, University Of California-Berkeley
  • , Doctor of Philosophy Public Health, University of Utah
  • , BFA Fine Arts, University of Utah


Julie M. Metos, PhD, MPH, RD is Assistant Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Nutrition & Integrative Physiology at the University of Utah. Her research interests focus on child and adolescent obesity prevention. She completed her doctorate at the University of Utah in the Division of Public Health.  Ms. Metos received her MPH in Public Health Nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley and attended the University of Utah for undergraduate studies, receiving a BS in Nutrition and a BFA in Ballet.  Prior to joining the Division of Nutrition, she was employed as the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Primary Children’s Medical Center where she directed inpatient and outpatient clinical dietitians and developed programs and services for children and their families.  Ms. Metos has also been employed by the American Heart Association as Director of Community Programs and by the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program of Salt Lake County.