This 18-credit minor explores the vital roles that food and proper nutrition play in maintaining healthy lifestyles, achieving peak athletic performance, managing chronic disease and promoting community wellness. Courses cover a spectrum of topics in human nutrition, many of which are taught by faculty who are practicing dietitians. You’ll gain the knowledge to create balanced diets for healthy and special needs populations, critique nutritional information, evaluate public policies concerning food and dietary practices, and even gain some hands-on cooking experience.
Courses satisfy many of the prerequisites necessary for entry into graduate nutrition and dietetics programs. According to the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the graduate degree will become the minimum education level required to take the entry-level registration exam for dietitians by 2024. This minor additionally complements a range of undergraduate majors, including biomedical marketing, chemistry, psychology and communications, and is beneficial for aspiring physicians, nurses, physician assistants and other health care providers.