Nutrition majors at the University of Delaware

[JILLIAN TRABULSI] If you are interested in the field of
nutrition, the University of Delaware offers the following degrees: Nutrition and Dietetics,
Nutrition and Medical Sciences, and Nutrition. [SHANNON ROBSON] The University of
Delaware offers students an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and
experience in the field of nutrition. We offer three specific majors. The first
major is Nutrition and Dietetics. Students who are interested in becoming
a registered dietician nutritionist would engage in the Nutrition and
Dietetics major. Students who are interested in working in the community
or interested maybe in going to an accelerated nursing program would want
to consider the Nutrition major. And lastly, our third major is Nutrition and
Medical Sciences, and this major is really a strong science-based curriculum
that’s designed for individuals who are interested in going to medical school,
graduate school or achieving some type of advanced degree such as physical therapy. [OSHAY JOHNSON] The Nutrition and Dietetics major is for students who are interested in becoming a registered dietician nutritionist. RDNs are nutrition and food experts who translate the science of nutrition into practices that
support healthy living. To become a registered dietician, one needs to
complete a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics, complete a nine-
to twelve-month internship and pass the national registered dietitian examination. [LUKE SMITH] To become a registered dietitian, you need to go through the internship process where basically you cycle through all the different
fields where dietetics applies, so you go through a clinical, a food service and a
community rotation. [BRENT STAFFORD] What an RD does and what it’s perceived as is a little
different. You can look into a book as long as you like and get a pretty good
idea of the role nutrition plays in the human body, but when you’re faced with a
patient that comes from a variety of backgrounds, diverse socioeconomic status,
personalities, you really can’t read up on that book. [OSHAY] The dietetics and nutrition
major provides a strong foundation in basic science courses such as chemistry
and biology, nutrition courses such as micro and macro nutrient metabolism,
medical nutrition therapy, nutrition counseling and community nutrition, as
well as general courses in psychology, statistics and economics. [SHANNON] I think something unique we offer is a lot of experiential opportunities, whether that be in the
community, outside the classroom where it’s focused on research, so it’s kind of
in addition to your school studies. I think we have a lot of great
opportunities for students to get engaged and involved, and experience what
it is to be practicing the skills that they’re learning. [OSHAY] Registered dietitian
nutritionists work through the community in hospitals, clinics, public health
agencies, fitness centers, food management, universities, research settings, the food
industry and private practice to improve the nutritional status of individuals
and communities. [MELANIE ROJAS] Part of my job responsibilities are to do high-risk counseling. I do nutrition education for pregnant women and children who are at
high risk. I develop nutrition education for in-staff development. I approve or
not approve, depending on the case, special formulas for babies who
aren’t doing well on the standard formulas. [TIFFANY WHARY] My duties here at the Helen
Graham Cancer Center are to provide the up-to-date research base nutrition
information so that the cancer patients can have the absolute best outcome
before, after and during their cancer treatment here at the Cancer Center. [BRIDGET GARVIN] On the med surg floor, you’ll see patients with diabetes, heart disease, heart failure,
something as simple as cellulitis where they need IV antibiotics. You’ll see the COPD patients. [GABRIELLE MARLOW] I will see as many as 14 patients a day. I also teach a lot of
classes to our patients and sometimes to the community and sometimes to other
employees within the system. I am a program manager, so it’s my
responsibility to make sure that all of our nutrition materials are sort of
up-to-date, we’re, you know, working with the latest information and using the
latest methods of getting that information to the patients. [SHANNON] I also think
being a registered dietician has great benefits, so I am a registered dietician
as well. It’s something that I think shows that you have that nutrition
expertise and you see things from a clinical mindset, but you also can see a
public health basis and then how to kind of apply it at a practitioner level. [KRISTIN WIENS] The nutrition and medical sciences major involves the integration of nutrition science with science courses such as chemistry,
biology and physics to build a strong science foundation. [STEPHANIE KRAMER] I want to become a
physician assistant. I’ve wanted to do that since high school. [EMILY FISHBEIN] As a nutritional
science major, in the beginning of the curriculum, we learned a lot about how
chronic diseases are affected by nutrition and I became really fascinated
in that and I realized as a primary care physician, I could be involved in the
treatment, the management and the prevention of chronic diseases and I’ve
also really liked the idea of having those long lasting, fulfilling
relationships, which I also will have the opportunity to have as a primary care
physician. [STEPHANIE] The nutritional sciences major here, it actually fulfills all my
prerequisites to get into PA school. I don’t think a lot of people realize that
nutritional sciences is pretty science heavy. We have to take organic chemistry,
biochemistry, microbiology, all your core science classes, so I kind of compare it to being a biology major just with extra nutrition courses. [KRISTIN] The nutrition and
medical sciences major prepares students to pursue advanced degrees in dental,
pharmacy, physical therapy, nutrition, medicine and other health-related fields. Employment opportunities include research in food or pharmaceutical
settings, health departments, academia and the government, such as the Centers for
Disease Control, National Institute of Health, or the Food and Drug Administration. [STEPHANIE] I chose to double major in dietetics because it just gave me more options after I graduate, so if for any reason I changed my mind about my
career, I could still become a dietitian or go to graduate school. [EMILY] I think that my
nutritional science major made me a unique candidate to apply to medical
school for multiple reasons. First, I think I had a deeper understanding of
how to educate patients on health promotion and disease prevention. Additionally, the nutritional science major not only allows you to understand
biology, chemistry, physiology and how those relate to disease processes, but
the curriculum ties in courses like economics and behavioral sciences to
really learn about eating habits and social factors and economic factors and
how those really tie into someone’s health and someone’s nutritional status. [MIKE SMITH] The nutrition major allows students to combine the study of nutrition with
other areas such as business, health and wellness, public health or psychology. [SANDY BAKER] The nutrition major is a great major for students who want a lot of flexibility
in their curriculum. It has the same core of chemistry and biology courses as our
other majors, but it has a fair number of nutrition electives so students can
really plan their own course of study based on what they’d like to do after they graduate. Another real plus of a nutrition major
is that we have enough electives that students can also choose a minor, and
that minor could help prepare them for their career. It could prepare them for
graduate school. It could also be a minor of their own interest. We’ve developed
what we call clusters of nutrition classes. These are nutrition classes that
are areas of emphasis. And what that means is that students may choose to
emphasize and take nutrition courses in maybe maternal and pediatric health. They
may take courses in food service. They may take a cluster of courses in
nutrition education, a cluster of courses in weight control. And we feel that by
offering these clusters of possible courses that students may choose, it can
help them prepare for whatever career they’re interested in pursuing. [SARAH SHEPPARD] I took a
nutrition class as an introduction to pre-med and I really, really loved it and
I didn’t realize how much fun science went into nutrition until I took that
class. And once I had taken that class, I looked into different opportunities for
professional work in nutrition and I realized that I really, really wanted to do that kind of work and there are so many
opportunities that it could be really flexible, so even if I changed my mind, I
would be able to find a different type of job even with the same degree. [SANDY] The nutrition major is perfect for someone who wants to advocate a healthy
lifestyle and healthy diet, but especially for groups of individuals. [MIKE] Career options for students with a degree in nutrition include work in
community nutrition, food service management, health and wellness, health
education, clinical research or journalism. This major can also prepare
students to pursue advanced degrees in nutrition or public health, as well as
careers in nursing. [SANDY] Because we have so many electives in the nutrition major,
I’ve seen students go on and use the nutrition electives to plan for
preparing for occupational therapy school, accelerated nursing school, public
health graduate programs. The nutrition major can be a perfect fit for these students. [SARAH] My job responsibilities as a nutrition programs manager at the Food Bank of
Delaware include overseeing our nutrition education programs, so that
means I oversee a variety of grant-funded programs and community nutrition
educators, food demonstration specialists, and I go also out into the community and
do education myself as well. [BRENT] The most enjoyable part is easily working within
a team, not only a team of dieticians that we have here at Christiana Care, but
also an interdisciplinary team that comprises of doctors, nurses, a variety of
therapists, social workers, case managers, all really working for the same common goal. [GABRIELLE] I’m in a nice position where I get to see my patients weekly or at least
monthly. I get to see the changes that they make, I get to see the successes
that they have, and I even get to sort of be there to help them recover when they
stumble a little bit. Making eating changes is very difficult, so it’s very
rewarding to be able to sort of help them get through some difficulties and
come out the other side. [TIFFANY] It absolutely is great to be able to see
the wonderful outcome that good nutrition and helping patients to meet
goals to optimize their nutrition can really help them in their wellness journey. [SARAH] I think the most rewarding part about my
job is that I’m able to really work with the community. And it’s the community
that I grew up with and it’s the community that my family lives in and
I’m able to really give back. And I can meet their needs and find out what would
be best to help them and actually see that change happen and I love being able
to do that. [SANDY] So one thing I always like to tell students is you never know what the
future holds, and one of the great things about nutrition is that you can have huge variety. [JILLIAN] The Nutrition and Dietetics major is the major for students who want
to be a health professional and earn the registered dietitian nutritionist
credential. Registered dietitian nutritionists translate the science of
nutrition to individuals and groups to support optimal health in those who are
well or who need nutritional advice as an adjunct to the treatment of disease.
The nutrition and medical sciences major has a very strong science component in
the curriculum and is particularly designed for those expecting to pursue
an advanced degree in areas such as nutritional sciences, medicine, dentistry
or physical therapy. The nutrition major is the most flexible major. It is
designed for the person who wants to combine the study of nutrition with
another area of interest, including a minor.

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