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In keeping with the mission of Howard University, the Department of Nutritional Sciences is committed to preparing caring and competent dietitians and nutritionists from disadvantaged and diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds who translate the science of nutrition to individuals and communities to positively affect their health behaviors and reduce health disparities.
With increasing recognition of the association between diet and disease and the importance of diet in health promotion, nutritionists and dietitians are needed to participate in research, to educate the public on ways to promote health through diet, and to educate individuals suffering from chronic diseases on ways to incorporate dietary modifications into their lifestyles. Additionally, a degree in nutrition or dietetics can be used as a foundation to prepare for graduate school as well as entry into professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or other advanced degrees in business and education.
The Department of Nutritional Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctoral Degrees in Nutritional Sciences. The Bachelor of Science degree is offered with emphases in Dietetics, Community Nutrition and/or Pre-medicine/Pre-dentistry. The curriculum allows students to complete the general education and basic science courses in the first two years. During the last two years, students, along with their advisers, select courses, which prepare them to become dietitians or nutritionist. Many students use this foundation at the Bachelor's level to prepare for further graduate / professional study in nutrition, medicine and dentistry. Many of our graduates are employed as health care providers, researchers, educators, policy makers and administrators locally, nationally and internationally.
The Department also offers a three-semester verification program for individuals to complete the practicum requirement for dietetics registration. More than three semesters may be needed to complete the verification program if the student needs to take additional courses.
The Coordinated Dietetics Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).GRADUATE NUTRITIONAL SCIENCESUNDERGRADUATE NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES
Dr. Celia Batista Almeida, Assistant Professor and Chair
Dr. Sapna Batheja, Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator
Dr. Chimene Castor, Associate Professor
Dr. Thomas V. Fungwe, Professor
Dr. Avis P. Graham, Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Allan A. Johnson, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Katherine Manuel, Assistant Professor and Director of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics
Dr. Oyonumo E. Ntekim, Associate Professor
Dr. Linda Thompson, Assistant Professor