Alena Clark

Alena M. Clark, PhD, MPH, RD
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator

Office: Gunter 2230
Phone: 970.351.2879
Fax: 970.351.1489


2006, PhD, Human Nutrition, Colorado State University
1999, MPH, Public Health Nutrition, University of Minnesota
1996, BA, Food/Nutrition and Dietetics, Concordia College

Professional Certification, Licensure & Membership

Registered Dietitian, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
Certified Lactation Counselor

Teaching Highlights

Courses taught include FND 245 Introduction to Nutrition, FND 250 Principles of Nutrition, FND 252 Lifecycle Nutrition, FND 357 Nutrition in Health and Illness, FND 370 Nutrition Education and Application Strategies, FND 410 Professional Development Seminar, FND 420 Maternal and Child Nutrition, FND 451 Advanced Nutrition and FND 452 Community Nutrition.

Service Activity

UNC: Liberal Arts Committee, Website Committee, Dietetic Internship Selection Committee, Advisory Board-Dietetic Internship and Didactic Dietetic Program, Faculty Awards Committee, and Undergraduate Council

Community: Dunn Elementary Wellness Committee, Crossroads Safehouse

Research Interests

Research interests include maternal and child nutrition, breastfeeding support, nutrition for children with special health needs and using the Internet as a way to disseminate nutrition information. The InfaNET website was developed to provide nutrition education to child care providers and was revamped in 2014 to provide child care providers with the most up-to-date and credible information on infant feeding.  

For more information on Breastfeeding Support at UNC, please check out the Women's Resource Center Breastfeeding Support website.