The applied nutrition major allows the student to pursue one of three concentrations: dietetics, environmental nutrition, and institutional and school nutrition management. There is an option to minor in applied nutrition as well.
The dietetics track is for those interested in careers in nutrition counseling, public health nutrition, community nutrition, wellness, food and food-service management. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students
who complete the concentration qualify to sit for a national exam to become a dietetic technician, registered (DTR). Completing the dietetics concentration is also the first step to becoming a registered dietitian (RD). To become an RD, students must also complete an accredited internship at a university, healthcare facility, community agency, or food-service corporation. After the internship, the student must then pass a national accreditation exam.
The environmental nutrition concentration is for students interested in careers involving sustainability, agriculture, wellness, and food policy. The concentration's curriculum also fulfills the requirements to obtain an environmental health minor. Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in community and government agencies, industry, and agriculture especially in areas that focus on sustainability and the environment. Graduates are also prepared for graduate study in a wide range of fields.
Institutional and school nutrition management concentration is for those interested in culinary nutrition, school nutrition, child nutrition, institutional wellness, and food-service management. Schools and universities employ those with a school nutrition background and graduates are also prepared to work in other institutions and to pursue careers in the food-service industry. Students who complete this concentration qualify for a variety of School Nutrition Association (SNA) certifications. They can also, with the addition of field experience, fulfill SNA credentialing requirements to become a school nutrition specialist.
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The youngest of Ohio University's academic units, the College of Health Sciences and Professions is home to about 100 staff and faculty members and 2,500 students. The College was launched in 1979 under the name Health and Human Services, and was renamed in 2010 during an academic realignment that migrated several of its programs to other campus units.
The College began with three schools in 1979 and had grown to include six by the time it was restructured in 2010. Today it includes four academic units: the School of Nursing; School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness; School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences; and Department of Social and Public Health.
All four are housed in Grover Center, a state-of-the-art facility that underwent an extensive renovation, completed in 2001, that for the first time brought all of the College’s academic programs under one roof.
While the four academic units form its core, the College over the years has branched into outreach initiatives that serve the surrounding community while providing valuable practical experience for students. These include WellWorks nutrition and fitness center; Ohio University Therapy Associates’ Hearing, Speech, Language and Physical Therapy clinics; Atrium Café; and Kids on Campus afterschool and summer programs.
Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.