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The Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition offers undergraduate majors in Applied Nutrition, Nutrition and Dietetics, Health Behavior Science, Nutrition and Medical Sciences, as well as minors in Health and Wellness, Health, Physical Activity, & Disability, Public Health, Coaching Science, Nutrition, and Medical Social Services. The programs integrate background coursework in the behavioral and nutritional sciences with internship and real-world practicum experiences. The undergraduate programs prepare students for a variety of careers in the areas of health care, education, recreation, public health, fitness, nutrition, and health promotion for business, industry, and public, private, and government agencies.
Each student will be assigned an Academic Advisor who will assist in selecting courses and experiences that focus on the student’s interests and professional goals. Students are encouraged to meet with their Academic Advisor at least once each semester. Failure to meet regularly with an Academic faculty Advisor can result in a delay in graduation if program requirements have not been met. Students will also be assigned to Faculty Mentors who can assist students with planning for graduate school, career trajectory, internship/job opportunities, research, etc.
Students are encouraged to enrich their academic programs by participating in study abroad experiences, seminars, and student organizations. To enhance prospects for employment and obtaining internships, students are encouraged to seek experiences outside the classroom. For those planning to pursue a graduate program, research apprenticeships are available. Opportunities exist to participate as student members of national, regional, and statewide professional organizations related to each major.
Major Degree Programs
The Applied Nutrition major is designed for the student who can creatively combine the study of nutrition with other academic areas. The curriculum is flexible so that a minor can be incorporated or electives can be used to develop an area of interest.
The completion of the Nutrition and Dietetics major is the first step leading to the attainment of certification as Registered Dietitian by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). The University of Delaware’s didactic program in Dietetics is currently granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040. Students in this major complete the professional practice requirement after the Bachelor of Science degree by completing an ACEND accredited dietetic internship. See the Graduate section of the catalog for information on the Dietetic Internship Program.
The Health Behavior Science major prepares students to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce the burden of disease through the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of programs designed to change specific health behaviors for individuals and/or target populations. Strengths of the program include experiential learning opportunities through internships, practicums, and clinical experiences. Health Behavior Science professionals can work within a variety of settings including public health, non-profits, health management organizations, corporate wellness sites, and hospitals. They also work with a range of population groups such as older adults, individuals with disabilities, children and adolescents. All Health Behavior Science majors are required to have a minor, which provides students with a focused area of study based on their professional interests. By taking advantage of winter and summer semesters, highly motivated students can complete this degree within 3 years.
The Health and Disability concentration provides undergraduate students in the Health Behavior Science major with a theoretical base, important graduate prerequisites, and quality field-based experience to appropriately plan for and work with individuals with disabilities across the lifespan in a variety of settings that promote health, physical activity, and wellness. The concentration helps students interested in the behavioral health sciences be better prepared for graduate studies to pursue a career in various health, medical, and/or disability fields. Students in this major should carefully review the admission requirements for graduate programs to which they plan to apply. Completion of this concentration will substitute for the required approved minor for the Health Behavior Science degree.
Students in the Health and Disability concentration in the Health Behavior Science major, who are also pursuing the Disabilities Studies minor, may overlap a maximum of six credits from their major and concentration coursework with minor coursework. Additionally, students pursuing the Health and Disability concentration may not also pursue the Health, Physical Activity, and Disability minor.
Students in the concentration must (a) complete the courses in the major, the concentration core, and the concentration restricted electives and (b) maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.0. A grade of C- or better is needed in the Health Behavior Science major and the concentration courses for successful completion of the degree.
The Nutrition and Medical Sciences major is for students who want to focus strongly on the science aspects of human nutrition. As a premedical program, it prepares students for careers in dentistry, veterinary and human medicine, laboratory research in nutrition, or positions with companies or agencies requiring the extensive use of a strong science and human nutrition background.
Lifetime Activities Program
A varied activity program is available to all students on a pass/fail credit basis in BHAN 120 courses. The objectives of the lifetime activities program are: (1) to provide knowledge and skills essential for leisure-time enjoyment, (2) to develop healthy exercise habits as well as a sound knowledge base in the scientific principles of physical activity, and (3) to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for learning skills that encourage lifetime participation. Regular attendance is required in order to receive credit in BHAN 120 courses with a passing grade. BHAN 130 courses provide students with a wide variety of healthy lifestyle and skills to enhance their quality of life. These one (1) credit courses relate to stress management, food and diet, healthy relationships and much more.
Minor Degree Programs
The Coaching Science minor is designed to help students develop an understanding of the instructional, psychological, and management aspects of coaching, as well as a personal philosophy of coaching. Successful completion of the minor prepares students to take the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) Coaching Certification examination.
Students applying for the minor are expected to have had previous athletic experience. Students should contact John Hayman with questions about the program.
The Health and Wellness minor has been designed for students who have an interest in expanding their knowledge of health and wellness issues. This minor will provide students with the opportunity to complement their major course of study by expanding and applying health knowledge and concepts to their chosen profession and personal life. Students in the Health Behavior Science major are not eligible to take this minor as a course of study. Students may take a maximum of nine credits already required for their major. Students should contact Professor Christine Skubisz with questions about the program.
The Health, Physical Activity, and Disability minor provides students with a theoretical base and quality field-based experiences to serve individuals across the lifespan in a variety of settings that promote health and wellness. The minor is open to all students, but is particularly suited for students who are planning careers in health and exercise sciences, such as health promotion, fitness, occupational therapy, therapeutic recreation, physical therapy, sports medicine, and coaching. Students applying for the minor must have completed at least one semester of full-time study at the University of Delaware with a minimum GPA of a 2.0. Students should contact Ms. Emily Lodyga with questions about the program.
The Medical Social Services minor focuses on methods to provide assistance to patients and their families with accessing available community resources. Professionals in this field connect people to appropriate social and/or medical services. Typical employment settings include hospitals, schools, hospice, and nursing home facilities. Open to all students in all majors, the minor introduces the intersection of social services and public health within an interdisciplinary context. Although the minor provides background content for students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in medical social work, this minor alone does not qualify students for professional licensure in social work. Students with questions about the minor should contact Ms. Emily Lodyga.
A minor in Nutrition provides students from other degree programs including, but not limited to, Biology, Chemistry, Food Science, and Nursing with a fairly intensive level of understanding of nutritional science. The minor is for students interested in the area of nutrition who believe that good nutrition and personal lifestyles are important for the well-being of individuals. Students should contact Professor Sandra Baker to apply for the program. This minor is not available for those in a Nutrition major.
The minor in Public Health provides an interdisciplinary opportunity to develop practical skills in program development and increase knowledge in the areas of social systems and policy as well as leadership. Public health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private sectors, communities, and individuals. The minor is available to students of all disciplines and offers a greater appreciation for the application of public health concepts to your field of study. Students should contact Ms. Emily Lodyga with questions about the minor.