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Departmental Honors


Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences


A community nutritionist takes on the immense task of "improving the nutrition, and ... health of individuals and groups within communities" (1). These objectives are generally met by private sector sponsors such as health care facilities, work-site wellness programs and food banks. If the arena of public health is included, then the dietitian's scope is enlarged to include federally-funded agencies designed to improve public health and disease prevention (1). Skills required of these community dietitians not only include clinical knowledge and assessment skills, but marketing, education, and research competencies. The challenges of community nutrition range from counseling an individual on a gluten-free diet to investigating the dietary patterns of an ethnically-diverse population. The variety of having to shift from the specific scope of an individual's needs to the epidemiologic patterns within the state or country not only is one of the most difficult aspects of this career, but the most charming trait as well.



Faculty Mentor

Noreen B. Schvaneveldt