Major code BS6470
College of Health Sciences and Professions
Applied Health Sciences and Wellness, School of
Grover Center E160
Athens, OH 45701
Division of Food and Nutrition Sciences
Contact Person: Deborah Murray,
Applied nutrition has three concentrations: dietetics, culinary nutrition, and environmental nutrition. To remain active in the program, students must:
- maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 (C) or better in all hours attempted at Ohio University;
- earn at least a 2.0 (C) or better in all major and related required courses.
To complete the degree, students must also successfully earn a (C) or better in all required courses within the retake limit specified by the offering department.
Upon completion of the program:
- Students will be able to integrate nutrition-related information and research into nutrition-related practice.
- Students will be able to integrate food-related information and research into food-related practice.
- Students will be able to demonstrate effective written communication through portfolio development for professional level practice.
- Students will be able to develop and implement a nutrition and wellness intervention for individuals/groups, considering the role of environment, food, nutrition, and lifestyle choices on health promotion and disease prevention.
Applied Nutrition Dietetics Concentration
The dietetics concentration is for those interested in dietetics, nutrition counseling, public health nutrition, community nutrition, wellness, food, and food service management careers. The program (dietetics concentration) is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND),
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Completing the dietetics concentration of the applied nutrition program qualifies the student to sit for the examination to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) examination offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,
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Completion of the dietetics concentration is also the first step to becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD)/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). To become a RD/RDN, the student must complete a minimum of a baccalaureate degree and course work approved/accredited by ACEND, followed by a ACEND-accredited supervised practice program, which typically lasts 9-24 months, at a health-care facility, community agency and/or a food service corporation (may be combined with undergraduate or graduate studies at a college or university). Finally, the dietetic internship graduate must pass a national examination administered by CDR. More information about the field of dietetics, AND, ACEND, and CDR can be found at http://www.eatright.org.
Note. Admission to post-graduation dietetics supervised practice or graduate programs can be very competitive, with most programs requiring a minimum accumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or better. Completing the graduation requirements of Ohio University and the applied nutrition program (dietetics concentration) does not guarantee that the student will be accepted into post-baccalaureate programs for professional experience after graduation. The student must apply to and be granted acceptance into such programs.
Applied Nutrition Culinary Nutrition Concentration
The culinary nutrition concentration is for students interested in culinary nutrition, school nutrition, child nutrition, institutional wellness, and food service management careers. Completion of the culinary nutrition concentration allows the student to complete a variety of School Nutrition Association (SNA) certifications and partially fulfills the SNA credentialing program requirements to become a School Nutrition Specialist (SNS). Students must complete additional field experience hours to become eligible for the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) credential. More information about the field school nutrition and SNA can be found at http://www.schoolnutrition.org, 120 Waterfront Street, Suite 300, National Harbor, MD 20745, 301.686.3100.
Applied Nutrition Environmental Nutrition Concentration
The applied nutrition program with environmental nutrition concentration is for students interested in sustainability, agriculture, wellness, and food policy careers. Completion of the environmental nutrition concentration includes courses fulfilling an environmental health science minor.
No requirements beyond University admission requirements.
Change of Program Policy
No selective or limited admission requirements.
External Transfer Admission
No requirements beyond University admission requirements.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Applied nutrition majors have three concentrations--dietetics, culinary nutrition, and environmental nutrition. The types of career opportunities vary by concentration area and may overlap.
The dietetics concentration is for those interested in dietetics, nutrition counseling, public health nutrition, community nutrition, wellness, food, and food service management careers. Health-care facilities, community agencies, schools, and food service operations all employ those with a dietetics background. This concentration allows graduates to pursue the DTR and RD/RDN credentials. Graduates are also prepared for graduate study in dietetics, nutrition, some professional schools, and other areas.
Culinary Nutrition Concentration
The culinary nutrition concentration is for students interested in culinary nutrition, school nutrition, child nutrition, institutional wellness, and food service management careers. Schools and universities employ those with a school nutrition background. The culinary nutrition concentration provides required coursework that is foundational for the School Nutrition Association (SNA) certificates. Graduates are also prepared to work in large scale food service operations in the hospitality and corrections work setting and to pursue careers in the food service industry. Graduates are prepared for graduate study in nutrition, food service management, and other areas.
Environmental Nutrition Concentration
The environmental nutrition concentration is for students interested in sustainability, agriculture, wellness, and food policy careers. Completion of the environmental nutrition concentration has a built-in environmental health minor. Graduates with the environmental nutrition concentration seek careers in nutrition, food policy and agriculture, government and non-government organizations that impact health and sustainability.