Welcome to the Nutrition and Foods Program

Welcome to the Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management where you can train as a professional and grow as a leader! 

A Master of Science degree in Nutrition is available with two concentrations to select from Dietetics or Public Health Nutrition. The Dietetics concentration includes the post-baccalaureate Dietetic Internship accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Completion of the internship enables the graduate to sit for the Registration Exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). The Public Health Nutrition concentration (PHN) is 100% online and the curriculum is based upon the competencies from the Association of Graduate Programs in Public Health Nutrition and the World Public Health Nutrition Association. Credential opportunities for candidates who complete the PHN program include Community Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification.

The faculty members in the department are committed to excellence in teaching and strive to advise and mentor students effectively. In addition, faculty members are engaged in research to increase the body of knowledge in their respective areas. Research opportunities are available for both undergraduate and graduate students. 

The faculty members are excited about this new era at Appalachian State University and invite you to check out these programs. Contact us if you have questions or need additional information.

Bachelor of Science - Dietetics Concentration

Appalachian State University's Undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics meets the requirements for students to earn a Verification Statement and apply for graduate programs with supervised practice dietetic interships. This program is also designed to fulfill all knowledge requirements as stated in the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards for DPD Programs. Learn more.

Bachelor of Science - Food Systems Concentration

If you enjoy planning or preparing food, developing new food products, community food systems, catering or managing the business aspects of food service, here is the program for you. Nutrition and foods majors may concentrate in Food Systems Management, an option which leads to careers in the foodservice and hospitality, community and sustainable food systems, school nutrition programs, and wellness through a curriculum that combines food systems management and food production with required minor that includes selection from: sustainable development, public health, and hospitality and tourism. Learn more.

Bachelor of Science: Nutrition and Wellness

If you are interested in having a broad-based degree in nutrition but do not plan to become a registered dietitian this concentration may be of interest to you. Students will have the ability to take a variety of general nutrition and science courses and choose a minor of their choice to complement personal educational and career goals. Students that have a desire to work with communities and various populations to improve health status would be able to tailor this concentration for a variety of career options: including jobs within community/public health nutrition, government health agencies such as WIC, Head Start, 4-H, cooperative extension, school systems, non-profit agencies, food systems and food security organizations, environmental education, and community health programs across the state, region, country and globally, corporate wellness, nutraceuticals, wellness facilities or further education in the health sciences. Link: Learn more

Master of Science in Nutrition and Foods

The Graduate Program in Nutrition at Appalachian State University is a rapidly growing program. We draw students from around the country to the beautiful High Country of North Carolina to our Combined Program that includes a Master of Science degree and a Dietetic Internship accredited by ACEND. Learn more.

Graduate Programs in Public Health Nutrition

Learn to lead, promote, develop, implement and evaluate programs and policies that drive optimal nutrition and well-being with Appalachian’s completely ONLINE graduate Public Health Nutrition (PHN) programs!  Learn more....

Minor in Nutrition and Foods

Students not majoring in Nutrition and Foods may earn a minor in the field. Learn more.