B.S. in Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition
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The Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition (DFN) major include two options: Nutrition and Dietetics and; Culinary and Community Nutrition. They are designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in nutrition and food-related positions in healthcare facilities, community agencies, cooperative extension, food service operations, culinary or nutrition education, and/or the food industry. Students are also prepared for post-graduate education in nutrition and food-related fields.
A minimum GPA of 3.3 is required for admission into Nutrition and Dietetics major. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for Culinary and Community Nutrition major. These GPAs must be maintained. If they are not maintained, students will be placed on academic probation for one semester after which time, if the GPA requirement is not met, students dropped from the DFN programs.
All students interested in either of the above DFN majors will first be enrolled in the Culinary and Community Nutrition major. Students interested in the Nutrition and Dietetics major are required to earn a B- or higher grade in HSD 240, DFN 120, and DFN 341 courses with an overall minimum GPA of 3.3 before taking a pre-entry examination to assess aptitude for the Nutrition and Dietetics Major. Upon successful completion of the pre-entry examination (earning a minimum score of 80%), students may apply for the Nutrition and Dietetics major.
Nutrition and Dietetics major
The Nutrition and Dietetics major complies with the requirements for a DPD and is accredited by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND):
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Students fulfilling all requirements for successful completion of the ACEND-accredited DPD are eligible for a Verification Statement and can apply for supervised practice in an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship (DI), which enables the student to take the CDR examination to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). The DPD Verification Statement also provides the opportunity to take the examination to become a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR). To obtain a Verification Statement, students must successfully complete the following:
- All required DPD courses with a minimum GPA of 3.3
- PSY 166, which satisfies a General Education Requirement
- ServSafe Food Handler Certification
- The University of Indiana Plagiarism tutorial (available here)
- Earn a score of 75% or better on the DPD Verification examination
B.S. in Health Education and Promotion
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Health education aims primarily to motivate individuals and groups in various settings to assume greater responsibility for their health by learning and adopting behaviors that promote health and prevent disease. This is a rapidly expanding field that has received added impetus from recent Federal legislation emphasizing disease prevention and health promotion as major priorities of national social policy. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in community health education. Students will be able to develop, manage, and evaluate health education and promotion programs in a variety of settings where such programs are implemented. These include public and community agencies, business and industry, hospitals, and other types of clinical facilities. The program includes two options, one in community health and the other in community health and nutrition. Satisfactory completion of all program requirements in community health enables students to apply for certification as a Health Education Specialist, awarded by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.
M.A. in Health Education and Promotion
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The M.A in Health Education and Promotion is a 33-credit graduate degree that provides advanced academic training for individuals employed or planning to seek employment as health educators in academic, clinical, community, and corporate settings. This program prepares students to meet the expanding need for health education professionals capable of working with the community in a variety of public, private, and professional settings. Graduates of the program may also find career opportunities as health advocates, program planners and evaluators, case managers, policy analysts and health administrators. This degree may also be suitable for individuals such as nurses, social workers, physician assistants or allied health personnel who wish to enhance their qualifications. Upon completion of the degree, students are eligible to sit for the CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) or MCHES exam (Master Certified Health Education Specialist), a national credential awarded by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.
M.S. in Nutrition
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The Master of Science Program in Nutrition prepares students for a wide range of professional positions in either clinical or community nutrition, and for doctoral study in these fields. Graduates of the program may find career opportunities as clinical nutritionists within health-care settings and as nutrition educators in the community. Those graduating from the Dietetic Internship are eligible to sit for the Registration Examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to become Registered Dietitians (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
M.S.Ed in Pre K-12 Health Education
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This program is designed for students seeking a master's degree in Teaching Health Education. Graduates of this program are recommended for New York State Initial or Professional Certification in Health Education (Pre K-12). Students are supervised in their fieldwork and student teaching by faculty members of the Health Education program in the Department of Health Sciences. Advisement is provided by the Graduate Program Director and faculty members of the Health Education Program in the Department of Health Sciences and/or the Department of Middle and High School Education.
Health Education Advanced Certificate Program (online)
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The Advanced Certificate in Health Education is an 18-credit program that prepares educators to provide school health education instruction. Upon completion of the program the candidates are eligible to apply for New York State Department of Education (NYSED) Health Education certification. This program will be offered to students who already possess a Master’s degree and a New York State (NYS) initial or professional certification in any subject area. Therefore, this program offers an alternative route to eligibility for New York State Certification in Health Education without completing a separate Master’s degree in Health Education. Students will need possess prerequisite health content courses for admission.