Please join us for a virtual open house to learn more about our combined MS/DI program on Wednesday, Dec 13 from 12:00pm-2:00pm EST. Feel free to "drop in" at any time during that time period to hear more about the program and ask any questions you may have. To join, follow this link:https://appstate.zoom.us/j/329744641
Below are videos of students describing their experience with the Masters of Science in Nutrition program and the reason the why they chose Appalachian State University to complete their degree.
Why complete your Masters and Dietetic Internship at ASU?
Thanks for asking. The Graduate Program in Nutrition at Appalachian State University is a rapidly growing program. We draw students from around the nation 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. The program draws on the strengths of the Beaver College of Health Sciences, Appalachian State University, and indeed the whole region. Here are four reasons to consider Appalachian as your first choice destination for graduate school and an internship.
- Combined Dietetic Internship and Master of Science Degree
- Rural Health Focus
- Faculty Breadth
- Live in the Mountains
Combined Dietetic Internship and MS Degree
Many academic Master of Science programs require two years of courses and some research. If your interest is really in becoming a Registered Dietitian, this can seem somewhat of a detour. However, at App, we combine the Master’s program and the Dietetic Internship. In two years you will have completed both the courses and the research for a Master of Science degree, and you will have completed all the rotations that are part of the Dietetic Internship. Most students take the Registration Exam in the summer after completing our program. Soon after completing the program, you can have “MS, RD” after your name. Done!
Rural Health Focus
The concentration area of the ASU Dietetic Internship is “Rural Health”. Our rural health emphasis provides a plethora of opportunities for student experience and research. Few places are better suited for the study of rural health than the Appalachian region of western North Carolina. If you are interested in health disparities, cultural competency, and providing nutrition care to underserved populations, Appalachian State may be the right place for you.
The research interests of seven research faculty members in the Nutrition program span quite a range. With an overall interest of the program in Rural Health, several faculty focus their research on the local rural area, exploring traditional and current dietary practices. With strong research partners in the Exercise Science program on campus and with the proximity of the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, several faculty focus their research on the interaction of nutrients and foods on physiological and athletic outcomes. Current research is ongoing in behavior modification, snacking behavior, chronic disease epidemiology, Appalachian traditional foods, school lunches, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, and simulation in dietetics education.
Meet our faculty on the faculty directory.
Live in the Mountains
Situated in western North Carolina's spectacular High Country, ASU students can enjoy some of the best hiking, downhill skiing, and outdoor recreation areas in the Eastern United States, all within short driving distances of the University. The Blue Ridge Parkway, with entrances adjacent to Boone, offers incomparable views of the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains. The renowned Appalachian Trail can be reached easily from Boone. The Roan Highlands area, acclaimed by many as one of the most scenic portions of the Appalachian Trail, lies within 30 miles of the University. Students can enjoy the Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain ski slopes, beautiful Watauga Lake, and an abundance of challenging hiking trails. Outdoor enthusiasts will find a varied range of recreational options in and around Boone.
The High Country offers the best of a rich and diverse Appalachian cultural heritage. Flatpicking guitar legend Doc Watson called the Boone area his home, and the famous Merlefest Bluegrass Festival is held annually within minutes of Boone. Local food and sustainable agriculture are an important part of the Boone scene. Students can enjoy many unique eateries within minutes of the University. Traditional mountain arts and crafts are still practiced by area artisans. At Appalachian State University, you'll experience beautiful surroundings, friendly people, and the finest of the historic Appalachian culture.
The Dietetic Internship, which is part of the Master of Science degree in Nutrition, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, 312/899-0040. (www.eatright.org)