Benedictine adds new nutrition degrees to program offerings

November 21, 2017

Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine’s newly launched undergraduate and graduate Nutrition programs offer multiple professional pathways and specialities for those who have a passion for food and its ability to impact quality of life in extraordinary ways.

Whether you want to become the manager of a restaurant, or help others to lead a healthier lifestyle as a registered dietitian or health education specialist, Benedictine’s programs provide students with a rich foundation in the scientific study of food and nourishment upon which they can build a strong career.

Undergraduate programs now offered include Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs in Food and Nutrition Management and Health Education and Promotion, and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs in Nutrition and Dietetics.

The B.A. in Food and Nutrition Management program was designed to prepare students to meet the competencies of food and nutrition managers. The program is unique in that it emphasizes the science of food and is aligned with a strong business management program. This type of post-secondary degree is preferred among applicants who are seeking to manage full-service restraurants, regional and national restaurant franchises and contracted food service operations at sports and entertainment venues, schools, nursing homes and other large institutions.

The B.A. in Health Education and Promotion program prepares practitioners and educators in public and community health and nutrition. Students gain evidence-based knowledge and skills to screen and assess, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate programs designed to promote, maintain and improve the health of individuals, groups and communities, and impact environments and policies. The program prepares students to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination offered through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

The B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics program is a Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Graduates of the program are prepared to take the Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) exam and are eligible to apply for admission to accredited Dietetic Internship programs at the graduate level as part of the training required before becoming a licensed registered dietitian nutritionist.

Graduate programs now offered include Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Nutrition and Dietetics, and Nutrition and Wellness.

The M.A. in Nutrition and Dietetics program provides students with the essential skills to provide health promotion services to diverse populations across the lifespan. Students gain a powerful foundation in nutrition and health risk assessment, medical nutrition therapy and the nutrition care process. The accredited 1,200-practice hour Dietetic Internship program is the second step in the credentialing process students need to complete before becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist.

The M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics also includes the Dietetic Internship, but differs from the M.A. in that it includes a thesis as research. Similar to the M.A., the M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics serves as a portal for those whose career aspirations may include nutrition and health education assessment, planning, program delivery, counseling and evaluation in clinical, community, school, outpatient, corporate wellness and private practice settings.

Students who complete the M.A. in Nutrition and Wellness program will be able to plan and design nutrition and wellness education or training programs, conduct descriptive research and present evidence-based professional communications. Students in the program can choose from three certificates: Health Education and Promotion, Nutrition Entrepreneurship or Community Nutrition Engagement.

The M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness differs from the M.A. in that it is a life science-based program that prepares students to become vital ingredients in community-based nutrition and wellness programs. Students gain in-depth knowledge of nutrition science, research and the essential skills to provide health promotion services to diverse populations across the lifespan. The research component fosters development of skills in evaluating the outcomes of a health education assessment or intervention, or conducting community-based research.

For more information on Benedictine’s Nutrition programs, go to ben.edu/nutrition 

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Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in 59 undergraduate and 23 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the seventh consecutive year in 2017. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.

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