Nutrition Science Pre-Health Professions

The Nutrition Science pre-health track is a great option for students interested in careers in medicine, physician’s assistant, dentistry, pharmacy and any other career path with a health and wellness focus.

The Nutrition Science program provides the foundational knowledge and understanding of how food influences health and how optimal nutrition can prevent and reverse chronic disease.

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Optimal nutrition is essential
The foundation of the field is the firm belief that optimal nutrition is essential for the health and well-being of every person.
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The cornerstone is nutrition
The cornerstone for the prevention of and treatment for obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes is nutrition.

The Nutrition Science curriculum provides:

  • Biochemical and pathophysiological aspects of nutrition and the implications throughout the lifecycle.
  • Coursework in Medical Nutrition Therapy. Therapeutic approaches to treating medical conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes, via the use of a specifically tailored diet.
  • Culinary skills for translating nutrition recommendations into medical advice.
  • Health counseling and motivational interviewing techniques to enhance compliance with behavioral change.
  • Community nutrition resources and patient centered cultural competence and an understanding of cultural humility.
  • Research opportunities with Human Nutrition faculty.


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Kirsten Straughan

Nutrition Science and Nutrition Science/DPD Programs

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