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

The Appalachian State University Dietetic Internship Program has partnered with Lowes Foods to provide guided, nutrition-focused grocery store tours to App State students and community adults throughout Western North Carolina.

“The supermarket is my #1 top choice for a nutrition learning adventure,” says Lowes Foods’ Corporate Nutritionist Cindy Silver, MS, RD, LDN.  “The store is a great ‘classroom’ and everyone gets excited about what they see, smell, touch and taste!” Ms. Silver has been Lowes Foods’ Corporate Nutritionist for the past 16 years.  She spearheaded a day of training for Appalachian State University dietetic interns at Lowes Foods Corporate Headquarters in Winston-Salem, NC, on January 11, 2013.  During the training, interns had the opportunity to interact with Lowes Foods corporate marketing and management personnel, and experienced a store tour with Ms. Silver.

During the spring semester, ASU dietetic interns will be leading grocery store tours in Boone and in other communities throughout western North Carolina where interns are completing their on-site training.  Tours are designed to offer solutions to the confusion that shoppers often experience when trying to make healthy food choices.  Kyle Thompson, director of the ASU dietetic internship program, says “I’m delighted that ASU interns can gain practical experience and expertise in grocery store dietetics, a growing area of employment for nutrition professionals.  We are most appreciative of Lowes Foods’ willingness to provide our interns with such a marvelous opportunity.”

Dietetic interns are in the final year of their intensive training in nutrition.  The Appalachian State University Dietetic Internship program is part of the Graduate Nutrition Program, and is housed in the Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management, College of Health Sciences.  After completing their 9-month internship, interns graduate with a Master of Science in Nutrition, and are eligible to take the Registered Dietitian exam.  Graduates of the program work in a wide variety of settings, including health care facilities, schools, public health organizations, and corporations.

If you are interested in scheduling a grocery store tour during the 2013 – 2014 school year, contact Kyle Thompson at thompsonkl [at] appstate [dot] edu

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

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

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

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

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


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