James H. Swain, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND

Associate Professor
Department of Nutrition
School of Medicine
Didactic Program in Dietetics
Department of Nutrition
School of Medicine
Secondary Faculty Appointments in Department of Environmental Health Sciences and Center for Global Health and Disease
School of Medicine
Center for Global Health and Diseases
School of Medicine

Dr. Swain is Associate Professor and Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). He is Past-President of the Greater Cleveland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (GCAND), Past-Chair of the Research Dietetics Practice Group (R-DPG) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), and Past-Chair of the Vitamin and Mineral Research Interest Section (VM-RIS) of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). He has served on the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Advisory Committee and is current Past-Chair of the national Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Board. He also serves as advisor and mentor to students and colleagues.

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

  • Food science/chemistry
  • Global food systems sustainability
  • Clinical nutrition/medical nutrition therapy
  • Advanced human nutrition
  • Research development

Courses Taught

NTRN 340. Global Food Systems: Environmental Issues, Sustainability, and Health
NTRN 341. Food as Medicine
NTRN 342. Food Science
NTRN 342L. Food Science Laboratory
NTRN 390. Independent Research
NTRN 433. Advanced Human Nutrition I

Office Hours

By appointment

Research Information

Research Interests

Clinical nutrition/diet therapy; MNT in oncology
Mineral absorption - hematology/anemia

Research Projects

  • Hematology
  • Advanced Educational Research and Outcomes/Accreditation Programs

Awards and Honors

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
Advisory Committee Service Award
US Food and Drug Administration
Outstanding Achievement in Dietetics Education
Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
Research Dietitian Award
Ohio Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
National Honor Society Fellow
Kappa Omicron Nu



Doctor of Philosophy
Iowa State University
Food Science and Human Nutrition
Master of Science
California State University
Bachelor of Science
University of California
Biological Sciences

Residencies, Internships and Fellowships

Post-doctoral Fellowship
United States Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service-Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center
Dietetic Internship
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Iowa State University