Nutrition and Dietetics at Messiah College
Our accredited nutrition and dietetics major prepares you for careers in medical nutrition, nutrition counseling and community health.
As a nutrition and dietetics major at Messiah College, you’ll gain a broad foundation in food science and technology, nutrient functions and metabolism, community health and medical nutrition therapy. Hands-on activities such as cooking and large-quantity food production, nutrition counseling and nutrition research will provide you with opportunities to interact with practicing nutrition and dietetics professionals and with individuals and community groups needing nutrition care services.
As you immerse yourself in field and classroom learning, you’ll develop communication, teamwork, management and problem-solving skills essential to a career in foods manufacturing, food service, community health and medical nutrition.
Challenging courses in behavioral science, nutrition education and nutrition counseling will teach you how to apply your knowledge in helping people with a wide variety of nutrition and health concerns, while taking that all-important first step toward becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) – a credential required in many nutrition-related jobs.
Nutrition and dietetics major distinctives
As a nutrition and dietetics major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Work in our state-of-the-art nutrition and dietetics lab suite as well as our biology, chemistry and microbiology labs.
- Learn how to apply science principles, communication techniques and management strategies to improve the nutritional status of individuals and communities.
- Join the Student Nutrition Awareness Club (SNAC) where you’ll perform a variety of food and nutrition related service activities and develop leadership skills.
- Take courses such as Nutrition Through the Life Cycle, Advanced Food Science and Technology, and Nutrition Education and Counseling.
- Work alongside faculty to design and conduct a research project related to food and nutrition. In the past, students have completed projects in researching body composition assessment, the availability of vegetables in urban environments, iron status in college women and nutritional status of children in refugee camps.
- Plan and prepare nutritious and delicious meals for large groups using the College’s dining services kitchens.
- Compete for dietetic internships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), including Messiah's own post-graduate dietetic internship that has been granted candidacy for accreditation by ACEND.
- For additional information on dietetics education contact ACEND at: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, Phone: 312-899-0040 Ext. 5400, or http://www.eatright.org/
Career options for nutrition and dietetics majors
As a graduate of the nutrition and dietetics program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- A student in a supervised practice program in dietetics
- Graduate student in nutrition education or public health
- Community health program manager
- Food service a gent
- Dietetic technicians
- Community health representatives
Career development and research opportunities for nutrition and dietetics majors
Messiah’s Career and Professional Development Center places students in a variety of nutrition and dietetics hands-on learning experiences. A few examples include working in:
- Food service organizations
- Dining facilities
- Nursing homes
- Community health organizations
Post-graduate dietetic internship
Messiah college offers a post-graduate dietetic internship, which has been granted candidacy for accreditation status by ACEND. Students gain entry into the program via national match.
Learn more about the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is housed in the School of Science, Engineering and Health. Learn more about the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics by visiting our website, or check out some of the distinctives below.
Faculty have mentored on a wide variety of student research including
the availability of vegetables in urban environments, relationships
between school grade and body mass index, blood glucose response to
various foods, assessment of body weight and composition, effect of
dehydration and rehydration on physical performance, iron status in
college women, and nutritional status of children in refugee camps.
- From 2009 - 2013, 77% of seniors applying to dietetics internships were successful. The national internship acceptance rate is about 50%.
- The Jordan Science Center contains a state-of-the-art nutrition and
dietetics lab suite. One-half of this facility provides lab kitchens
featuring a variety of food preparation equipment as well as a cooking
demonstration station and taste testing booths. The other half provides
space for nutrition-related physiology and chemistry labs such as body
composition assessment and blood glucose and cholesterol measurements,
as well as space for students working on individual or group projects.
- Faculty are members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).