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Department Chair's Message

Welcome to the Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management in the Beaver College of Health Sciences. Our department houses several outstanding programs where you can train as a professional and grow as a leader:

  • participate in high impact learning experiences, including leading-edge internships and research projects to equip you for professional leadership and innovative skills
  • study with award-winning, nationally recognized faculty with "real world" experience in their fields
  • obtain field experience at top health care facilities, community agencies, public health settings, and food industry organizations
  • train in well-equipped nutrition, food science or information system laboratories
  • join dynamic student clubs that sponsor special projects, career planning, and professional guest speakers
  • live in or visit one of the most beautiful areas of the country full of recreational opportunities

Both the Nutrition undergraduate and graduate degree programs are accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The undergraduate program in Nutrition and Foods offers concentrations in Dietetics for those interested in careers promoting diets that foster healthy lifestyles in the community and who intend to become a Registered Dietitian (RD); or you can choose Food Systems Management in which students can study foodservice and sustainable food systems for careers with health care facilities, school systems, community, and hospitality organizations.

The graduate Nutrition program includes a dynamic and growing, combined Master of Science in Nutrition with Dietetic Internship for students seeking a graduate degree with a supervised practice experience providing eligibility to sit for the RD exam. The professional practice involves training and mentoring of students to serve individuals and communities through various food and nutrition-focused clinical, community and management rotations in rural, urban and international settings. These prepare our students to move into critical leadership roles often within these organizations. We are also excited to announce the launch of our new, 100% online graduate program in Public Health Nutrition to support the emerging need among communities for professionals trained and skilled in this important arena.

With the rapidly changing and growing field of health care management, there is strong demand for our graduates both from the undergraduate and graduate programs. The Health Care Management undergraduate program combines foundational business courses with those providing specialized knowledge and understanding of the health care industry. This robust curriculum prepares graduates for challenging management positions in a variety of health care organizations. Graduates are prepared to move into key leadership roles in the health care system.

The Master of Health Administration degree is a new, online program for working professionals who want to grow their careers as health care executives and is led by faculty with executive leadership experience. The program concentrations include Health Care Leadership and Health Information Systems.

Overall, our programs will position you for outstanding leadership positions in the field, or further graduate study. Our graduates obtain strategic positions in health care systems, agencies, facilities, private practices, community agencies, schools, health care and food companies. Please call, write or come for a visit to find out how you can live your calling through one of our outstanding programs in the Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management. Make a difference in transforming the health and lives of those in North Carolina – and beyond! The faculty, staff and I look forward to meeting you.