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.
Human Nutrition Program Goals
- Prepare graduates for entry level practice as competent community nutritionists.
- 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.
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.
Graduates are able to:
- Demonstrate accurate understanding of the science of normal nutrition
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
- Conduct needs assessments and develop nutrition interventions for individuals, groups and communities
- Use effective teaching strategies for individuals, groups, or through community education programming
- Apply understanding of the influence of socioeconomic, cultural, social, psychological, and ethnic food consumption issues and trends to nutrition practice
- Demonstrate professional attributes including time management, priority setting, work ethic, critical thinking, advocacy, and service to professional and community organizations
- Demonstrate active participation, teamwork and contributions in group settings