Nutrition and Food Science

Stephanie Bianco, MS, RD

Associate Professor, Nutrition Management
Director, Center for Healthy Communities

Current Courses Taught

  • NFSC 122 Food Safety and Sanitation (Fall only)
  • NFSC 530 Advanced Nutrition Management (Spring only)

Courses Previously Taught

  • NFSC 120 Introduction to Food Science
  • NFSC 230 Introduction to Foodservice Administration
  • NFSC 429 Cultural Foods
  • NFSC 430 Foodservice Procurement and Management
  • NFSC 431 Foodservice Equipment and Production
  • NFSC 455/457 Futures in Nutrition and Food Science/ Futures in Dietetics

Bio and Current Biosketch (PDF)

Stephanie Bianco is Director at CSU, Chico's Center for Healthy Communities, Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science and a Registered Dietitian. Her area of expertise is in program and organization management, food insecurity, nutrition education, food safety training and statewide policy change.

Prior to her academic career, Stephanie worked in the foodservice industry for over 11 years. Her resume includes positions such as gardé manger, line cook, catering supervisor, café manager, and restaurant manager. Stephanie received her BS in dietetics from UC Davis and her MS in nutrition from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. Her research focused on cholesterol, specifically lipoprotein particle size, and its affects on cardiovascular disease. She completed a dietetic internship through Texas A&M and became a registered dietitian in 2001.

In addition to her management and nutritional biochemistry experiences, Stephanie worked as a nutrition assistant for a local school district in Texas, as a dietitian for the Women, Children, and Infants (WIC) Program in Sacramento, and as a clinical nutrition manager in Fairfield, CA.

She has co-authored HACCP Fundamentals, a food safety text and certificate program for agricultural, school, and manufacturing industries. She has developed a new on-farm food safety program and research project called EASY GAP, working closely with Dr. Patrick Doyle and Research Analyst, Naomi Stamper. In addition, Stephanie and CHC oversee two large statewide CalFresh Outreach and CalFresh Healthy Living contracts that provide CalFresh Outreach to low income college students on 49 campuses and nutrition education on thirteen of the CSU campuses. Through AB-85 funding, additional state dollars were awarded to serve all 149 campuses in all three California higher ed systems. These food insecurity efforts are working in tandem with many other statewide community health efforts, including CalFresh Outreach with low income seniors and families in the rural far north, CalFresh Healthy Living promotions with various county health departments and CalFresh EBT at farmers' markets across our service region. Stephanie continues to lead research and evaluation efforts alongside these contract activities to ensure that these activities are effective and positively impact success and health outcomes. 

Office Hours

By appointment

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