The major in Human Nutrition is designed to enable students to develop a thorough understanding of nutrition and the ability to communicate those principles to the public.
The focus of the major is achieving and maintaining health, emphasizing changing nutritional needs throughout life. Graduates work cooperatively with other professionals in improving the overall health of individuals and communities.
Students can earn a Human Nutrition bachelor's degree on campus or entirely online (starting in fall 2023).
Human Nutrition Overview and Objectives
Human Nutrition B.S. graduates are nutrition professionals skilled in applying the science of nutrition to assisting healthy individuals, groups and communities in making appropriate food and lifestyle choices.
Students are able to:
- Demonstrate critical thinking, self-awareness and self-direction, and effective communication skills in providing nutrition care to individuals, groups, or communities.
- Appropriately apply scientific evidence including current research to solve nutrition problems appropriate for entry-level human nutritionists or students preparing for graduate study.
- Deliver evidence-based care (education, counseling, food service, etc.) promoting nutritional health and wellbeing.
- Demonstrate professional attributes in real world settings.
The supervised practice experience requires a minimum of 180 hours as part of the degree in Human Nutrition. Supervised Practice in Human Nutrition (4-6 credits) is typically completed during the senior year.
N&D 497. Supervised Practice in Human Nutrition. 1-6 Credits.
Development of professional skills and competencies in human nutrition through supervised practice with learning experiences requiring knowledge and theory be applied to simulated and real-life situations. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Human Nutrition program; department consent required. Corequisite: N&D 344 and N&D 345. Repeatable to 6.00 credits. On demand.
N&D 497 Application Requirements
- Completion or co-requisite of N&D 345
- Minimum GPA of 2.2 on a 4.0 scale with no grade lower than a “C” in required science courses or professional courses
- Completion of 20 hours of service learning prior to application and submission of a summary of the learning objective(s) and experiences in a Service Learning Statement (attach activity/hours log sheet)
- Completion of the supervised practice application and upload of a Cover Letter and Resume, and Service Learning Statement and Activity Log.
Application is required by October 1 for spring supervised practice or by March 1 for summer and fall supervised practice.
Human Nutrition Program Mission
The mission of the Human Nutrition program at the University of North Dakota is to provide education, discovery and experiential training opportunities to prepare graduates for graduate or professional school or positions as human nutritionists.
Human Nutrition Program Goals
- Prepare graduates for entry level practice as competent human nutritionists or graduate education.
- Didactic and supervised practice experiences will enhance development of critical thinking, communication, and self-assessment skills, preparing students for life-long learning, adaptation to change, and self-direction in the nutrition profession.
- Graduates will recognize and demonstrate qualities of a professional, including commitment to ethical practice, service to their profession and their communities.
The UND Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition is not intended to lead to professional licensure.