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Nutrition Science Department

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Our exciting programs offer more than just the basics – we train highly competent registered dieticians and leaders in nutrition research that will change the diet and nutrition landscape. Let us show you how.

Nutrition Sciences Department

The Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University is paving the way for future researchers and registered dietitians. Our Bacehelors of Science, Masters and PhD programs prepare students to work in a variety of careers that span the gamut from community work and clinical practice to cutting edge research.

This is a particularly exciting time for nutritionists since so many individuals are taking responsibility for maintaining and enhancing their health. We are committed to the discovery of new information about the relationships between diet, physical activity, health and disease and the application of such knowledge to individuals, communities and entire populations.

In September 2011, the Department of Nutrition Sciences, Drexel Recreation Center and University Wellness collaboratively formed the Drexel Center for Integrated Nutrition & Performance (CINP), with the mission of providing evidence-based nutrition advice to the Drexel Community and the greater Philadelphia area. The Center offers year-long internships for selected undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Nutrition Sciences. This provides exceptional hands-on experience that prepares students for application to practice programs, employment opportunities and graduate programs.

Programs

The following programs are offered through the Department of Nutrition Sciences. Please contact us or plan to visit us if we can provide further information about opportunities in this important discipline that bridges the basic and applied sciences.

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Foods
An important component of healthcare, dietetics involves helping people meet their nutritional needs through diet counseling and nutrition support.

Master of Science in Human Nutrition
If you have a desire to promote optimal wellness for people of all ages through better nutrition and become a registered dietitian, this may be of interest to you.

PhD in Nutrition Sciences
An innovative PhD program that positions graduates as unique PhD-educated nutritionists.

Minor in Nutrition and Foods

Human Lactation Consultant Program
The Drexel University Nutrition Sciences Human Lactation Consultant Program is designed to provide an opportunity for individuals to prepare to become Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs).

The Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP)
An ACEND approved program allowing students who have graduated from a DPD program to complete the 1,200 hours of supervised practice necessary to complete the path to registration.

Nutrition Sciences Faculty

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News & Events

 

05/28/15

The Nutrition Sciences Human Lactation Consultant Program positions Drexel University on the cutting edge of a new, yet steadily increasing, demand in healthcare. The need for well-prepared lactation professionals is growing under a national spotlight, and by completing a series of three, Drexel Students have the opportunity to become Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs). 

With a strong global emphasis on increasing breastfeeding to promote health at the population level, prevent acute and chronic illness and decrease society health care costs, university-level programmatic offerings to address this need are few and far between. According to the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, there are only four university-based lactation consultant programs in the nation.

“In my experience, most women transitioning to mother hood want to make sure that they are doing everything they can to do what’s best for their baby,” says Joan Rosen Bloch, PhD, tenured associate professor in the Department of Doctor of Nursing Practice. Bloch discovered that many undergraduate nursing students do not get exposure to breastfeeding mothers in their clinical rotations, so they lacked the learning experiences necessary to support a breastfeeding mother. “It’s up to us to make sure we educate the workforce as much as we can to make sure these mothers can be successful in all their mothering tasks. The first and most important one is feeding your baby.”

This rationale became the springboard for the Human Lactation Consultant Program, which provides a foundation in the physiology of lactation, public policy of breastfeeding and common issues encountered for the breastfeeding mom and baby. “Every nurse should know the basics of breastfeeding, however, sometimes there are challenges. That’s where the lactation consultant comes in,” says Bloch.

This year, Drexel saw its first students complete all three courses in the Lactation Consultant Program – a proud milestone marking the beginning of a workforce well-equipped to empower new mothers.

05/28/15

This year, the City of Philadelphia hosted the 4th Annual Veterans Fair, which provides job opportunities, health resources, scholarships, and more.  The fair, which took place on May 13, featured many Philadelphia area business, schools, and universities, as well as live entertainment. 

Drexel and VeteransThe College of Nursing and Health Professions has been involved since the fair’s inception in 2011, offering free health screenings to veterans and other visitors.  The booth was organized by Rocky Rockstraw, PhD, assistant Dean for Simulation, Clinical & Technology Academic Operations.  Faculty, staff, and students performed eye exams and blood pressure, blood glucose, and body mass index screenings. Volunteers provided general health tips and advised visitors to schedule appointments with their primary care physicians if any problems presented in their results.

The booth saw over 125 visitors, the largest crowd to date, according to one volunteer. The most popular spot by far was the blood pressure screening table.   Volunteer Jackelyn Huanira said “Overall, the health screenings were a success and a great way to give back to the veterans!” 

04/22/15

Shannon Brown MCAT, ‘92, director of counseling and advisement at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in Hudson, North Carolina, illustrated his first published children's book called Queenie and Little Joe: A True Story about a Young Boy and His Pet Chicken.

Rhianna Cenci, RD, BS, Nutrition & Foods ‘13 was hired as the retail dietitian at ShopRite in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania. Ms. Cenci is one of more than 90 registered dietitians who service ShopRite stores in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, and Maryland.

Jeff Conforti, DPT,’06, the owner and director of Conforti Physical Therapy in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, was appointed to the board of Central Penn College in Summerdale, Pennsylvania.

Darcie Goldberg’s MCAT ‘96 photography collection, the 24/7 Project, is on display at a gallery at West Chester University’s E.O. Bull Center for the Arts.  Ms. Goldberg is a professional photographer with over 30 years of experience. She is also executive director of the Chester County Art Association.

Linda Lowes, PT, PhD ‘97 was awarded an $80,000 research grant from Cure SMA for her project, “Development of An Innovative Outcome Measure to Define Disease Progression in SMA Type I for Use in the Home or Clinic.” Dr. Lowes is a researcher at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Angela Luciani BS, Nutrition & Food ’13, a registered dietitian at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, was interviewed for an article, "What is Clean Eating? 3 Registered Dietitians Weigh in" on Philly.com.

Brian T. Maurer, PA-C ‘79 was one of only 240 certified physician assistants nationally to earn a specialty credential known as a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Mr. Maurer is employed at Pediatric Walk-in Care in Enfield, Connecticut.

Graham Robbins, PT, MPT ‘95, the director of Rehab Services for Beebe Healthcare in Dover, Delaware, offered his advice in an article, "Exercise Precaution When Exercising in Cold" for the Salisbury, Maryland local newspaper, Daily Times.

Rodney Rothwell BS, Medical Technology, HU ‘98 was appointed as counsel at the law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP in the firm's Washington, DC office. 

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