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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Food and Nutrition

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Ackerman Hall, Room 102
Phone: 724-357-4440
Stephanie Taylor-Davis, Chair (stdavis@iup.edu)

The Department of Food and Nutrition offers a bachelor of science degree program in nutrition with two tracks: Dietetics and Nutrition. Within the degree program, students select a Natural Science option determined by their academic preparation and career goals. This curriculum prepares students as professionals for a diversity of career opportunities in dietetics, food service, the food industry, food and nutrition research, and health care.

In addition, the department provides Liberal Studies courses that are available to all university students. These includeFDNT 143 , Current Issues in Nutrition and Wellness, a course that meets the Dimensions of Wellness requirement, and FDNT 145 , Personal Nutrition, a Liberal Studies elective.

Dietetics Track
Dietetics Track students who complete the Dietetics Track (Didactic Program in Dietetics) meet the academic requirements as accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This track prepares individuals to translate food and nutrition science information for members of the larger community with respect to healthful food preparation, healthy eating behaviors, medical nutrition therapy, management of nutrition delivery and food service systems, and advocacy for the profession of dietetics. The individual who completes this program will exhibit an in-depth knowledge of food, nutrition, behavioral sciences, and management theory and be able to apply this knowledge to solve problems.

The Dietetics Track offers a choice of two Concentrations: Culinary Nutrition or Food and Health Promotion.

Students interested in combining academic preparation and extensive hands-on learning experiences in culinary arts may: (1) enroll in the Culinary Arts program at the Punxsutawney Regional Campus, where the three-semester program (fall, spring, summer) will transfer into the Department of Food and Nutrition 32 credits, which apply to earning an Associate of Arts degree as well as the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition degree; or (2) earn a culinary certificate from another institution before admission to the Dietetics track program will receive 32 credits toward the degree. Dietetics track graduates who include culinary certification as a component of their academic program are uniquely prepared to incorporate healthy nutrition into classical cuisine, manage food service operations focused on nutrition needs, and integrate culinary arts into hospital, extended care, and school food service operations. Students who meet GPA requirements upon completion of 90 credits may qualify for early admission to the Master of Science in Food and Nutrition program offered by the department. Graduate assistantships are available. More information may be obtained from the department’s Graduate Coordinator and the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Graduates are qualified to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing examination to become certified as a Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR). In addition, program graduates are eligible to apply for admission to ACEND-accredited dietetic supervised practice programs in pursuit of dietetic registration (i.e., Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). IUP Department of Food and Nutrition has demonstrated leadership in education by being selected as a demonstration program for Future Education Model Graduate Program (accepted its first class of students in summer 2021) for its MS in Food and Nutrition – Dietitian-Nutritionist Program (DNP). Graduates of the DNP earn a master’s degree and are eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become an RDN.

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