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

Building on FireIn this 2012 paper published in the journal Home Health Care Management and Practice, Dr. Elizabeth McGrady, FACHE of the Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management and her colleague Dr. Sandra Blanke, CISSP discuss the importance of business continuity and disaster recovery planning well in advance of a disaster. While the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) of Texas experienced a devastating fire, the agency continued operations without interruption and met the needs of all patients. The agency’s ability to continue operations was possible because this agency had planned for disaster and had a business continuity and disaster recovery plan. Still there were lessons learned. This case provides an opportunity for other agencyies to review the eight lessons learned in this case and apply them to their own organizations. Home health care organizations that fully support the culture of creating and maintaining a business continuity and disaster recovery plan will recover more quickly and be positioned to provide services to their patients without interruption. The article is available at SagePub.

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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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