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

Professor Sandi LaneProfessor Lane was interviewed by Elder Branch about her work on reducing medication errors in nursing homes. The whole interview can be found on the ElderBranch website. The following is an excerpt:


"Is our culture such that we embrace the report of a near miss or an error or is it perceived as punitive? Much of the research shows that if we are open and communicate, and we want to learn, then the reporting of errors can be seen as an opportunity to learn and improve those processes. If we see the reporting of errors as punitive or a potential legal concern then the openness and willingness of staff is going to close right down. So we have to look not only at formal processes but also at what our culture says about the reporting of any type of error."

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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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