Department Chair's Message

Sarah Jordan, PhDWelcome to the Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management.  Undergraduate programs and areas of concentration include Dietetics, Foodsystems Management, and Health Care Management.  A Master’s program in Nutrition is available. The Department values excellence in teaching and learning, achievement in scholarship, and service. We endeavor to promote a healthy lifestyle and to improve lives and communities.  Ninety percent of the full-time faculty hold a doctoral degree in their specialty. Our faculty have substantial experience in areas of Health Care Management, Foodsystems Management, and Dietetics.  This experience enables the faculty to provide both theoretical and practical perspectives in the classroom.

All our programs provide students the opportunity for real life experience. Through an internship, students gain experience while demonstrating competence in their major area.  This experience not only meets a degree requirement but also leads to the next step. Students are well positioned for employment, graduate study, or a dietetic internship. Leadership opportunities are provided for students in the student organizations which promote service to the community and exposure to a variety of professionals.  Students obtain positions in health care agencies, institutions, private practices, community agencies, schools, and companies that sell products related to health care, nutrition, or foods.  The Health Care Management program and both the undergraduate Dietetics and graduate Nutrition programs are accredited.  The faculty and I look forward to meeting you, answering any questions, and guiding you in your pursuit of a degree.

Dr Jordan

News and Spotlight

Dr Williams' work on initial public offerings (IPOs) has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Research.

Dr. Williams’s work combines human capital theory with work on IPOs related to sources of financial capital of recent, publicly traded biopharmaceutical firms and relates this to the de-listing of these firms (removal from stock exchange listings).  The results show that to a limited extent firms having CEOs with more or better human capital and strategic alliance partners are associated with biopharmaceutical IPOs’ de-listing.  The study further finds that de-listing in this industry is due primarily to acquisitions (and not financial distress) and that the findings differ based upon whether examining financial distress or acquisition de-listings. Three key findings are: (1) IPOs with CEOs who are founders of the firm are more likely to be acquired than de-list due to financial reasons; (2) IPOs with CEOs with prior biopharmaceutical experience are less likely to de-list due to financial reasons; and (3) having other biopharmaceutical firms as owners makes the IPO less likely to de-list due to financial reasons.  The study draws upon the IPO motivation literature to help explain the results.

The paper can be found on Science Direct.

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CONTACT

Department Chair
jordansr [at] appstate [dot] edu (Sarah Jordan, PhD, RD)
828-262-8619

Nutrition Undergraduate
gutschallmd [at] appstate [dot] edu (Melissa Gutschall, PhD, RD, LDN)
828-262-2698

Nutrition Graduate
rootmm [at] appstate [dot] edu (Martin Root, MS, PhD)
828-262-2064

Health Care Management
willimsdr [at] appstate [dot] edu (David Williams, PhD)
828-262-7335

Main Office
Phone: 828-262-8619
Fax: 828-262-8626
L.S. Doughtery, room 101
261 Locust Street
Boone NC 28608

 

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