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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.


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.

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Following the completion of coursework and earning their degrees, graduates of the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ Nutrition Sciences program are placed in dietetic internships.  Congratulations to the following students, who have earned either their BS or MS in Nutrition and will be attending dietetic internships in the coming year.

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Foods

Kamran Ahmad – Marywood University

Jackie Conley – Drexel University Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP)

Alice Ko – Drexel University ISPP

Viktoryia Kuzmitskaya – Drexel University ISPP

Alicia Lamoureux – University of Kentucky

Sarah O’Connor – Montclair State University

Allison Smith – Baylor University

Victoria Smith – Drexel University ISPP

Alex Wolz – Drexel University ISPP


Master of Science in Human Nutrition

Natalie Brasch – Aramark

Maegan Davis – Texas State University – pediatric

Rachel Driscoll – Yale University

Marlee Finkelstein – Southern Regional Medical Center

Jessica Fritton – Sodexo Philadelphia

Chelsea Hoover – Drexel University ISPP

David Hu – University of Maryland Medical Center

Keren Kapoano – Drexel University ISPP

Ashley Lotito – Sodexo Allentown

Lauren Lypen – New York Presbyterian

Margaret Merlie – Sodexo Allentown

Katie Petroka – New York Presbyterian

Becky Pollack – Sodexo Allentown

Stephanie Talerico – Drexel University ISPP

Suzanne Watkins – Oregon State University



Joud Sabbagh Sharabati – Massachusetts General Hospital


Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions’ Department of Nutrition Sciences is in the midst of a three-year-long study funded by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation to assess the effect of a school-based environmental intervention on children’s body mass index (BMI), physical activity and dietary intake. Part of the Independence Blue Cross Healthy Futures Initiative, which is based on eating right, being fit and being healthy, the study will begin its third year with the 2015 to 2016 school year.

 “The main objective of this research is to reduce BMI in children who are overweight or obese, or maintain a healthy BMI in children who are already within the healthy range,” said Stella Volpe, PhD, Principal Investigator of the study, and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences. “In this intervention, my research team and I are working with community partners to improve nutrition and increase physical activity.” Following children in five counties in the Greater Philadelphia region from fourth to sixth grades, measurements are taken at the beginning and end of each school year to determine whether students’ BMIs have changed.

 Schools are deemed Core schools, Level 1 schools or Control schools based on the level of intervention introduced, with Core schools getting the most change in terms of the nutrition and exercise intervention. “We are serving healthier foods in the cafeteria and increasing physical activity. We have a number of partners, who work together to introduce healthy initiatives, including the Vetri Foundation for Children, Greener Partners, Fit Essentials and the Philadelphia Union. My research team, Abby Duffine Gilman (Project Manager), MS, and Emily Werner and Brianna Higgins (Graduate Assistants) and I all work together to make the study as robust as possible,” said Volpe.

 According to baseline data collected for this study, which examined the BMIs of 598 students from January through May of the 2012 to 2014 school year, about 18.3% of the students had BMI values that determined they were overweight, and about 18.2% had BMI values that determined they were obese. Obesity in childhood is defined as having a BMI at or greater than the 95th percentile based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) growth charts. Based on the information collected, the average BMI for girls and boys in Philadelphia was higher than the United States’ standards (17% of children, 2 to 19 years of age, are obese). 

 The study aims to identify what could potentially be long-term solutions in the school systems to help reduce and prevent instances of obesity. “Our community partners are extremely invested in the health of children in this area. My research team and I are appreciative of everyone and their efforts, as we all work toward making children healthier.”


Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services officially opened their awe-inspiring new wing to patients on Monday, June 29. Adding a remarkable 17,000 square feet of space to the practice, the new wing includes space for nursing, nutrition sciences, couple and family therapy and creative arts therapies as well as the expansion of primary care services. In addition to facilitating care for a growing patient population and making room for more students to have clinical and practical experiences, the staff now has a beautiful place to work together.

The original building, which is connected to the expansion with a glass atrium, is currently being remodeled to include additional space for dental services, and is scheduled for completion mid-September.

One of the benefits of the new wing is having a new space to display therapeutic art created by community members. The patients can see that they are cared for at Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services, and that they are truly a part of one big (and growing) community. 

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