Associate Clinical Prof, Division of Health Sciences & Medical Dietetics
Associate Director of Education, Center for Integrative Medicine
OSU College of Medicine

306L Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Phone: 614-247-4595
Email: Diane.Habash@osumc.edu

Research Focus

I have been working & learning for over 37 years as a researcher, teacher, and clinician. I began in pre-clinical testing of anti-neoplastic drugs for the government. After getting MS and PhD in nutrition, metabolism and exercise, I developed and used a wide array of assessment procedures in those domains for the OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and managed its Bionutrition Core. I advised researchers in their design & use of these many methods. 

I have been a dietitian for 18 years and involved in translating health and research information to the every-day patient through research studies, consults, & volunteer work at free clinics for the underserved. I currently serve on non-profit Boards/committees in the Columbus community.   

In 2013 I took on and now continue to teach graduate, undergrad, & medical students about nutrition assessment and diet and to teach undergrads in Health Sciences about Integrative Medicine (i.e. the use and role of integrative medicine in society). In my role as Associate Director of Education for the OSU Center of Integrative Health and Wellness, I am developing and implementing, with our specific integrative clinicians, the educational curricula for training healthcare professionals in many facets of integrative health. 

While my overall personal mission is to impact the health of my community, especially the underserved which I have been doing through leadership for 5 student organizations vested in this work, I am also developing the novel area of ‘narrative practice’ in medicine & health with competence in nutrition with students & dietetic interns. I truly believe that a person’s story is vital for the clinician and patient in the path to achieve ultimate health and healing. Through these collective interests and connections, I am hopeful to make contributions to grants and programs which impact members of my community.

Recent Publications

Unfolding, Embracing, and Reflecting on the Narrative Within Nutrition and Dietetics. Does the Patient's Story Help the Dietitian to Impact Health Behaviors?

Recent Presentations

Klatt M, Steinberg B, Habash, D and Fristad M. Coming at integrative education from all sides: A story to emulate-lessons learned and a celebration of success. International Congress of Integrative Medicine and Health. Annual International Meeting, May 20, 2016, Las Vegas NV.

Habash DL, Lewis A, Nahikian-Nelms M. Experiencing the ‘narrative’ in nutrition assessment and counseling (A&C) courses spawns an innovative 2-year sustainable student-interest group. Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. Poster Presentation. October 2015, Nashville TN.

Pfeil SA, MD, Habash, DL & Nahikian-Nelms M. An Interprofessional Education Session Improved Medical Student Confidence in Providing Therapeutic Diet. Poster Presentation: Digestive Disease Week Program Washington DC, May 16 2015.

Courses Taught

  • HRS2530-The Evolving Art and Science of Medicine (in class and on line)
  • HRS4570-The Role of Integrative Medicine in Society
  • HRS4300-Contemporary Topics in Health
  • HRS4000-The Application of Ethics in Healthcare
  • MD5825-co-taught-Advanced Nutritional Assessment
  • MD4925-Labs in Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • MD4912-Labs in Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • MD4900-Nutrition and Physical Assessment
  • MD6900-co-taught Nutritional Genomics


  • 1978: BS, Biology, Youngstown State University
  • 1990: MS: Human Nutrition, The Ohio State University
  • 1995: PhD, Human Nutrition and Exercise, The Ohio State University
  • 1996: RDN, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, The Ohio State University

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