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Department of Human Nutrition
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Department of Human Nutrition

Chair's Message

Sarah StallingsWelcome to the Department of Human Nutrition at Winthrop University. Winthrop’s nutrition and dietetics programs have had a long history in our state dating back to the late 1800s. We have offered approved or accredited programs in dietetics since 1917 and were re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association in 2008. In 2012, the titles of the accrediting body and the association were changed to Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D.; the Academy).

We currently offer three distinct programs; they include the BS in Human Nutrition (dietetics option which meets the minimum academic requirements of the Academy), MS in Human Nutrition, and the post-baccalaureate accredited dietetic internship. The BS degree program and the dietetic internship program are accredited by ACEND of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. We are unique in the state in that we are the only institution offering all three programs; therefore, qualified students are able to complete the minimum academic requirements and the clinical experiences to become registered dietitians at one institution.

The department has a number of qualified nutrition faculty with diverse backgrounds who teach courses related to their areas of expertise. All are registered dietitians. Faculty members are available to assist students in meeting their educational and professional goals. They challenge students to think critically and motivate them to excel in the program. They also serve as academic advisors for nutrition and dietetic majors and assist them in course selection and guide them in making their career choices.

Human nutrition is a field that combines knowledge from a number of disciplines including chemistry, biology, psychology, social sciences, and education. The field is best suited for individuals who are motivated, have problem solving skills, are dedicated, work well with others and can think critically. If you are interested in food and nutrition and are ready to be challenged, then Winthrop is the place for you.

 Sarah Stallings

Chair, Department of Human Nutrition