Undergraduate Contact Information

Foods & Nutrition Program

Monica Luby, M.S., R.D.
DPD Director
Henderson Hall
First Floor
Room 152

Phone: (973) 290-4092
Email: mluby@cse.edu



Graduate Contact Information

Foods & Nutrition Program

Dr. Marie Boyle, RD
Program Chairperson
Henderson Hall
First Floor
Room 150

Phone: (973) 290-4127
Email: mboyle01@cse.edu



Foods and Nutrition

Overview & Mission

Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition

The undergraduate Foods and Nutrition program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills for entry into foods, nutrition and dietetics-related professions or advanced study.  The curriculum is designed to offer two concentrations.  The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is designed for students who wish to enter the profession of dietetics with the goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD). Students who successfully meet degree and DPD program requirements receive a verification statement that makes them eligible to apply to a dietetic internship program to obtain the credentialing requirements for becoming a Registered Dietitian.  The General Studies in Foods and Nutrition (GSFN) is designed to allow students more flexibility in planning their career path. Students are encouraged to combine their FN studies with either a second major or a minor, offering the opportunity for students to expand their personal interests in other health-related areas such as fitness and wellness, nutrition research, public health or opportunities within the food and pharmaceutical industries.

The Program encourages students to adopt an integrated, holistic approach to understanding the food and nutritional needs of individuals, through a rigorous course of study that provides a strong foundation in the sciences and liberal arts. Emphasis on personal enrichment with leadership, social responsibility, service and ethics within a diverse society is central to the Program’s mission.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition Didactic Program in Dietetics concentration is currently granted continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly, the American Dietetic Association ). 

Combined Degree Program: B.S. in Foods and Nutrition/M.S. in Nutrition

The College of Saint Elizabeth offers a Combined Degree Program (B.S. in Foods & Nutrition/M.S. in Nutrition) offered through the undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) concentration. The M.S. program emphasizes nutrition and health promotion, wellness, leadership, and health advocacy. Eligible undergraduate students can earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in a unique combined program format. Students complete 9 graduate credits in partial fulfillment of the 30 credits required for the M.S. degree in Nutrition during their senior/fourth year of study. These 9 credits also fulfill the DPD concentration requirements. Students interested in the B.S./M.S. program option must meet the program’s eligibility criteria.  Students completing the B.S./M.S. program may apply to the College of Saint Elizabeth Dietetic Internship under a Pre-Select Option. This option is only available to students completing the combined degree program.  

Master of Science in Nutrition

The 30-credit online graduate program in nutrition combines advanced study in nutrition and health promotion with a unique, competency-based curriculum that provides nutrition and health professionals with a broad perspective of current issues in nutrition research and ethics, health promotion and healthy aging, counseling and communications, and public health and program planning. The Program emphasizes ways to incorporate new research and technology, evidence-based applications, and entrepreneurial skills into the practice of nutrition. Students in the MS in Nutrition may choose a concentration in Entrepreneurial Nutrition Practice or Community Nutrition and Wellness or may earn a Certificate in Sports Nutrition and Wellness as part of the degree. The Certificate in Sports Nutrition and Wellness may also be earned independently and is designed to meet the requirements of the American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Instructor Certification. All courses are offered online; some electives may be offered in an accelerated weekend format on campus.

Nutrition professionals develop skills to assume leadership roles in delivering nutrition and wellness-related services in a variety of settings.   The Program prepares students for a variety of career opportunities in business, government, health care, and education.  Graduates work in private practice, nutrition education, school systems, the food and pharmaceutical industries, clinical and corporate research, community organizations, hospitals, public health agencies, work site wellness and health promotion programs, and fitness facilities.

Dietetic Internship Program

The Dietetic Internship Program (DI) provides supervised practice in dietetics to individuals who have a baccalaureate degree and who have completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

After completing the Program, interns receive a verification statement of program completion and are eligible to take the national examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).  The Program provides a choice of two concentration areas; Nutrition Education and Counseling (NEC) and Food and Nutrition Business and Communications (FNBC). The Program is designed to ensure training and skills in the practice competencies established for entry-level dietitians.

The Dietetic Internship Program is currently granted continued accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Statement of Accreditation Status

The Didactic Program in Dietetics and the Dietetic Internship Program are currently granted continued accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and are accredited through 2015.  

ACEND is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This recognition affirms that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs. ACEND can be contacted at 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606 or www.eatright.org.



Student Outcomes

Bachelor of Science in Foods in Nutrition

Didactic Program in Dietetics

  1. Prepare students for the professional practice of dietetics through a program that meets ACEND Foundation Knowledge Requirements and Learning Outcomes within a multidisciplinary liberal arts curriculum.
  2. Integrate learning opportunities for students to develop personal and professional ethics and social responsibility required for dietetics practice.
  3. Prepare students with the foundational skills necessary for lifelong learning and to assume roles for continued professional development in dietetics, leadership and service to the community through student advising and active learning experiences.

 

General Studies in Foods and Nutrition

  1. Prepare students in general studies in foods and nutrition which may be combined with another area of study (i.e., business, communication, allied health, or as entry to pre-medical studies, etc) for a special career in foods and nutrition, and preparation for graduate studies.
  2. Integrate foods and nutrition-related learning opportunities for students to develop qualities of personal and professional ethics, social responsibility, service, leadership and an appreciation for lifelong learning.

 

Master of Science in Nutrition

  1. Demonstrate acquisition of knowledge and the ability to evaluate and communicate nutrition information through completion of a capstone experience.
  2. Demonstrate attributes of professional development to be effective and productive citizens and life-long learners in a global society.
  3. Promote professional leadership and ethical practice in a spirit of service to the community.

 

Dietetic Internship Program

  1. Prepare students for entry level positions in dietetics with an emphasis on developing knowledge and practice skills in the concentration area selected; either Nutrition Education and Counseling or Food and Nutrition Business and Communications while meeting the Competencies/Learning Outcomes for Dietetic Internship Programs as established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  2. Provide a supportive environment in which students develop leadership and professional dietetic practice skills through self-assessment of competence in chosen concentration and initiation of draft professional portfolio.
  3. Promote ethical practice in a spirit of service and social responsibility.

Graduates

The professional field of foods, nutrition and dietetics is a dynamic career choice in today’s health and consumer oriented society. This field offers the potential for a wide variety of employment options within the food industry, communications and health-related fields.

Our graduates have developed successful careers in healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry, the food industry as regulatory affairs specialists or as supermarket specialists, in communications as food writers, in education, community and public health agencies, and in the areas of nutrition counseling, corporate wellness, personal health, lifestyle motivation, and fitness.

Many graduates complete their program requirements to become Registered Dietitians. As RDs they are highly trained and qualified to offer specialized, in-depth medical nutrition and preventive nutritional care to patients and clients. For more information on careers in dietetics please see the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website at www.eatright.org.

Foods & Nutrition Program


Requirements for the Dietetic Internship Program

The Dietetic Internship is completed with 21 credits and offers a full-time and a part-time option. The Program provides more than 1,200 hours of supervised practice and approximately 250 hours in required coursework as outlined below. Interns are expected to attend a mandatory June mini-orientation. At this time a concentration area must be selected. Completion of summer homework is a part of program requirements.

Full and Part-Time Options

The full-time option spans a full academic year and a short summer session, from late August through the end of June. Students enrolled in the full-time option complete 32 hours (4 days) of supervised practice a week. The part-time option spans a full academic year and the following fall semester. Students enrolled in the part-time option complete 24 hours (3 days) of supervised practice a week during the first two semesters of the program and 32 hours (4 days) a week in the last semester.

Depending on the needs of a placement site for a particular unit, a compressed work schedule or weekend hours may be expected. Supervised practice is divided into five areas: Clinical Dietetics, Departmental Management, Community Nutrition, Professional Development and the intern's selected Concentration Area, either Nutrition Education and Counseling or Food and Nutrition Business and Communications.

More than 500 hours are devoted to clinical dietetics which includes intensive training in a variety of medical surgical specialties, nutrition support and long-term care. Departmental Management is completed in either a healthcare setting or at an alternative site based on the prior experiences of the student. This rotation is accomplished in approximately 192 hours. During the Community Nutrition rotation, students experience a variety of settings including child nutrition programs, community outreach and developmental. A 120-hour culminating practice experience, evidence analysis case study presentation and participation in professional activities comprise the Professional Development rotation. A complete list of our practice hours and rotations can be found at the web site on the Dietetic Internship page.

Students in the Nutrition Education and Counseling (NEC) concentration will complete an additional six weeks (192 hours) on campus and at affiliated sites. This experience will include nutrition education and counseling for individuals and groups with a concentration on health, wellness and weight management. These assignments will be supervised by DI faculty. Other outreach programs such as group training and education, writing and health promotion may be included. Those interns selecting the Food and Nutrition Business and Communications (FNBC) concentration will experience supervised practice for approximately two weeks each in Supermarket/Grocery, Media/Public Relations, Product Development and Regulatory.

Practice Sites

Supervised practice will be scheduled on a rotation basis at teaching and/or community hospitals, long-term care centers, developmental and rehabilitation facilities, schools, clinics and outpatient programs, primarily located in northern and central New Jersey. Additional site placements in other geographic areas may be possible based on a student's individual needs.

Community nutrition, educational agencies and corporations provide additional practice opportunities. Experiences will be supervised by College of Saint Elizabeth faculty, Registered Dietitians and other qualified food and nutrition or health professionals employed by the sites. While specific site placements cannot be guaranteed, faculty make every effort to place students within a reasonable commute for the intern.

All sites participate on a voluntary basis. The DI faculty is responsible for all contractual and insurance arrangements. Students are responsible for contacting sites in a timely manner and for travel and parking arrangements.

Credits toward M.S. in Nutrition

Students who successfully complete the CSE Dietetic Internship program and matriculate into the CSE MS Nutrition Program within 5 years may transfer 9 credits into the MS in Nutrition Program. Courses accepted for transfer from the Dietetic Internship into the MS in Nutrition include FN 603, FN 617, FN 620 and either FN 632 OR FN 634.

*If you have completed the B.S./M.S. Program or the Certificate Program in Dietetics at CSE, you may not be eligible for these credits. See the Combined B.S./M.S. Degree description for information regarding Pre-Select Application Option to the CSE Dietetic Internship.

Dietetic Internship Program

Applicants to the Dietetic Internship (DI) must follow the procedures described in the DI application materials, including the instructions for participating in the computer matching process (D&D Digital) and the centralized application process (DICAS).

Application instructions are available on the College web site and must be submitted directly to the Dietetic Internship office as outlined in the application instructions; the process is separate from other graduate program admissions. Applicants are responsible for meeting all application deadlines.

All students matched to the DI must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university or foreign equivalent and a Verification Statement from a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), meeting requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics (www.eatright.org). Acceptable Background and Medical Clearances at the expense of the applicant are required as a condition of admission to the Dietetic Internship program. (Applicants should contact the Dietetic Internship program for full policy, requirements and procedures.) These clearances must be obtained during a specified time period before the start of the program.

The program is a combined Masters in Nutrition/Dietetic Internship Program. There are 15 full time and 5 part time positions with two separate D&D Digital Match Codes. Applicants may apply to one or both of the full and part time options but must be sure to rank these choices appropriately. For example, an applicant applying to both the full and part time option would be expected to use both of the program's codes in priority order. An intern interested in applying only to the program's full or part time option, would use only that appropriate code. Interns are matched with the program through the national matching process for the April match. Note: At the time of application, students who have not completed the educational requirements provide an Intent to Complete Form from a DPD. Applicants must successfully complete the bachelor's degree prior to program start date. Final acceptance into the Program requires the applicant to meet all admission criteria, health and medical requirements, proof of medical insurance, and student healthcare background clearance.

Requirements for the Concentration in Community Nutrition and Wellness

This 14-credit Concentration in Community Nutrition and Wellness emphasizes ecological public health strategies and demonstrates how communities can think globally and act locally to improve the public's health. The current status of research on key nutrition issues across the lifespan is examined. The incidence, risks, development, and recommendations for prevention of chronic conditions and diseases are discussed. Courses are designed to prepare students to develop, implement, and evaluate public health programs for various groups. The concentration provides training in Health Promotion and Wellness, Child and Adolescent Nutrition, Nutrition and Aging, Global Food Issues, and Program Design and Management in Nutrition.

  • FN 626 Health Promotion and Wellness (3)
  • FN 620 Child and Adolescent Nutrition (2)
  • FN 625 Nutrition and Aging (3)
  • FN 663 Global Food Issues (3)
  • FN 677 Program Design and Management in Nutrition (3)

Total: 14 credits

Requirements for the Special Conditions - Didactic Program in Dietetics Verification Statement

The Certificate Program in Dietetics (CPD) meets the needs of students who already hold a B.A. or B.S. degree in foods, nutrition, or dietetics, and who wish to complete Didactic Program in Dietetics coursework to meet ACEND DPD verification statement requirements. Upon final completion of coursework, a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement is issued to the candidate by the DPD Director.

Interested students must:

  • Apply through the Office of Admission.
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in past college-level studies.
  • Submit all transcripts of past college coursework. Following an evaluation of transcripts, the Program Director will determine what courses a prospective student must take, and approximately how long it will take the student to complete the requirements. Students who have completed their degree requirements outside of the United States must submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score and an original educational services transcript that states U.S. degree equivalency. On occasion a copy of the foreign degree may be requested.
  • Enroll as non-matriculated visiting students. This is not a degree-bearing program.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 credits in DPD core concentration coursework at the College of Saint Elizabeth for the verification statement to be granted. The specific courses that individual students must take will vary according to their past coursework. In some cases students will be required to exceed the minimum 12-credit standard. All professional concentration coursework must be completed at CSE unless otherwise approved by the Didactic Program in Dietetics Director.

Requirements for the Concentration in Entrepreneurial Nutrition Practice

Many lifestyle habits, including poor nutrition habits, contribute to obesity and overweight and other chronic degenerative health problems. The 12-credit Concentration in Entrepreneurial Nutrition Practice prepares students to develop programs and provide counseling to clients with an emphasis on behavior change, health promotion and disease prevention. Courses are designed to help students improve their nutrition education and counseling skills for individuals and groups with an emphasis on health, wellness and weight management. Strategies to design, implement, and evaluate health and nutrition intervention programs are included. The concentration provides training in Weight Management, Integrative Nutrition and Health Therapies, Concepts in Nutrition Counseling, and Program Design and Management in Nutrition. This concentration also meets the criteria for continuing education credits, as required for dietetics professionals by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

* This certificate is designed for nutrition and dietetic professionals or other health professionals who have met the prerequisites for the graduate program in nutrition.

  • FN 630 Interventions and Strategies in Weight Management (3)
  • FN 624 Integrative Nutrition and Health Therapies (3)
  • FN 653 Concepts in Nutrition Counseling (3)
  • FN 677 Program Design and Management in Nutrition (3)

Total: 12 credits

Requirements for the Certificate Program in Sports Nutrition and Wellness*

The 12-credit Certificate Program in Sports Nutrition and Wellness is designed for professionals who have a baccalaureate degree in nutrition, education, coaching, fitness or other health-related field. Prerequisites to the program include anatomy and physiology and introductory nutrition. The Program can be completed part-time and includes courses in Sports Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, Sports Psychology, and Fitness Assessment. The Program prepares students for positions as personal trainers and health and fitness instructors with exercise and nutrition programs in schools, weight management centers, recreational agencies, worksites, health centers, corporations, fitness facilities, and hospitals. Students may contribute to a variety of planning, instructional, and administrative roles in community and corporate health-related facilities. Graduates are encouraged to seek the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health Fitness Instructor Certification. The Certificate Program may be taken alone or as part of the M.S. in Nutrition Degree Program.*

*Master's degree candidates must complete all graduate program prerequisites.

  • FN 510 Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology (3)
  • FN 671 Sports Nutrition for Health and Performance (3)
  • FN 515 Professional Fitness and Training Assessment (3)
  • PSY 663 Sports Psychology (3)

Total: 12 credits