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David H. Holben

Major David H. Holben
Faculty, Graduate Program in Nutrition

Education and Certifications
  • PhD, Human Nutrition/Nutritional Biochemistry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1996
  • MS, Human Nutrition/Nutritional Biochemistry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1995
  • MA, Nutrition and Food Science/Food Service Management, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1989
  • Dietetic Internship Certificate, Harper-Grace Hospitals, Detroit, Michigan, 1986
  • BS, Dietetics, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, 1985
  • Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN), 1986 (Commission on Dietetic Registration, Chicago, Illinois)
  • Licensed Dietitian (LD), 1989 (Ohio Board of Dietetics, Columbus, Ohio) Certificate in Adult Weight Management, 2011 (Commission on Dietetic Registration, Chicago, Illinois)
  • Certificate of Home Horticulture, 2013 (Oregon State University, Corvalis, Oregon.

Dr. Holben currently teaches vitamin and mineral metabolism for the Graduate Program in Nutrition, as a Drilling Individual Mobilization Augmentee (United States Army Reserves). As a civilian, he is Professor of Nutrition at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, where he is the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics and an Investigator member of The Diabetes Institute at Ohio University. Clinically, he has worked as a pediatric dietitian at major U.S. medical centers.

Dr. Holben has been an active in the profession of Dietetics throughout his career. Highlights of his service include serving on the Commission on Dietetic Registration and chairing the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Diversity Committee. Recent honors and awards include receiving 2013-2014 Fulbright-University of Prince Edward Island Visiting Research Chair of Nutrisciences and Health.

Dr. Holben enjoys running, hiking, and kayaking. He also enjoys gardening vegetables, landscaping, raising chickens, and keeping bees.

Academic Interests and Research

MAJ Holben has taught a variety of courses, including medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, and research methods, during his career. As a teacher, MAJ Holben strives to equip students with up-to-date information, teach lifelong learning strategies, and help them to interpret what they already know. His research focus is on food insecurity and health outcomes of individuals in North America. MAJ Holben has received funding for his work from the United States Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services and other agencies.

Publications and Presentations

Refereed Papers (Selected)

Holben DH. Food bank users in and around the lower mainland of British Columbia, Canada, are characterized by food insecurity and poor produce intake. JHEN. 2012; 7(4). 449-458. Ray EB, Holben DH, Holcomb JP. Food Security Status and Produce Intake Behaviors, Health Status, and Diabetes Risk among Women with Children Living on a Navajo Reservation. JHEN. 2012; 7: 91-100.

Holben DH. Are your patients hungry? An examination of food insecurity in America. Osteopathic Family Physician. 2011; 3(4): 134-140. [Winner, Best Paper Award, 2011]

Holben DH. Research Gaps From a Disciplinary Perspective, A Nutritionist's Perspective. In: Hunger and Obesity-Understanding a Food Insecurity Paradigm. Workshop Summary. Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. The National Academies Press, Washington, DC. 2011.

Holben DH. Position of the American Dietetic Association on Food Insecurity in the United States. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010;110:1368-1377.

Books (Selected)

Boyle M, Holben DH. Community Nutrition in Action, An Entrepreneurial Approach, 6/e. Cengage/Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, Belmont, California. 2013. (Released June, 2012)

Refereed Platform Presentations (Selected)

Holben DH (Moderator and Speaker). Hoes, Horticulture, and Health: Using Garden-based Interventions to Improve the Health of Children (and Their Families). 2013 Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition, Houston, TX, October 20, 2013.