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 through the following:

  • participate in high impact learning experiences, including leading-edge internships and research projects to equip you for professional leadership and innovative skills
  • study and be mentored by award-winning, nationally and internationally-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 to impact determinants of health and health equity
  • train in the latest technology in nutrition, food science or information system laboratories in our new College of Health Sciences building
  • join dynamic student clubs that sponsor special, service-learning projects, career planning, and leading professionals in the field as guest speakers
  • live in 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 a choice of three concentrations: Dietetics for those interested in careers promoting diets that foster healthy lifestyles in the community and who intend to become a Registered Dietitian (RD); Nutrition and Wellness for those interested in careers in public health nutrition to support the growing need for trained professionals in roles to support disease prevention, and the health and well-being of communities; Food Systems Management in which students can study foodservice and sustainable food systems for careers in culinary organizations, 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 students to move into key roles often within these organizations. We are excited to announce the launch of our 100% online graduate program in Public Health Nutrition based on World Public Health Nutrition Association (WPHNA) and Association of Graduate Programs in Public Health Nutrition (AGPPHN) competencies. The program supports the growing demand for professionals trained for careers and leadership roles in public health, extension programs, food security agencies, school systems, and governmental agencies at local to global levels.

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. The program uses a theory to practice model, and the curriculum in accredited by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) and 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 an online program for working professionals who want to grow their careers as health care executives and is led by outstanding faculty members with executive leadership experience in health care organizations across the country. In addition to the strong core curriculum in general health administration, the program concentrations include Health Care Leadership and Health Information Systems. The program connects busy professionals with the knowledge and skills to lead health care organizations.

Overall, our programs position students for outstanding leadership roles in the field, or further graduate study. Our graduates obtain strategic positions in health care systems, 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 be mentored and 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.