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The School of Nutrition and Health Promotion offers a range of baccalaureate degrees (BS, BAS), masters degrees (thesis and non-thesis options), and a unique Interdisciplinary PhD in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Wellness. The BS in Nutrition, Dietetics concentration, is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Courses are offered in a range of instructional options, including face-to-face, hybrid, and online. Traditional lecture courses are complemented with laboratory classes, most of which are taught in newly designed and constructed state-of-the-art instructional labs on the Downtown Phoenix campus.
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The BAS degree program with a concentration in food service management is designed to complement and enhance the educational preparation of students holding an AAS degree in culinary or hospitality science.
The BAS in medical laboratory sciences is designed to provide the academic knowledge and professional skills that allow students to advance their employment opportunities within the fields of medical technology, cytology, clinical laboratory science and related areas.
The BS degree program in exercise and wellness provides students with in-depth scientific knowledge and hands-on experiences in the field of promoting health through physical activity and enhancing human performance across a broad range of populations. Students complete a core curriculum of exercise science then have the ability to choose upper-division electives specific to their area of interest. A degree in exercise and wellness prepares students for immediate careers in fitness and provides hands-on skills that can be used in professional schools.
This minor is available to any ASU student interested in developing a greater understanding of nutrition, the food industry and food service operations.
The program brings together coursework from the disciplines of exercise and wellness, nutrition, and health sciences in order to give students a strong background, perspective, and real-life experience in behavioral change and coaching techniques and methods.
The BS in health education and health promotion provides students a pathway to become a certified health education specialist through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (https://www.nchec.org/). Based on a random sample of community health job advertisements (September, 2017), health professionals with the CHES credential earn up to a 47 percent higher salary than health professionals without it.
The health education specialist certificate program provides students a pathway to become a certified health education specialist. This nationally and globally recognized credential is based on the Seven Areas of Responsibility, which include competencies and subcompetencies that define the role of the health education specialist, as outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Earning the health education specialist credential showcases competency-based skills and provides professionals a competitive edge, as more employers prefer certified applicants.
The BS program in health sciences is designed to provide the academic knowledge and skills that allows students to move directly into a range of employment opportunities within the health field or to continue their education in discipline-specific programs. Students choose a track focus in either community-based health outcomes, health legislation and regulation, integrated care, or Spanish and health.
The BS program in health sciences with a concentration in healthy lifestyles coaching is designed to provide the academic knowledge and skills to allow students to move directly into a range of employment opportunities within the health field or continue their education in discipline-specific programs. Students complete a complement of core courses that emphasize ethics, communication skills, critical thinking and cultural awareness.
This minor program is available to any ASU student interested in a strong scientific understanding of human nutrition.
Kinesiology is a discipline emphasizing the study of human movement as it relates to health, physical activity and exercise, disease prevention and treatment, and physical rehabilitation. Using human models and reflecting research ranging from basic to applied, undergraduate students in the program gain a disciplinary knowledge of the anatomical, biomechanical, developmental, neural, physiological and psychological mechanisms underlying human movement.
The minor program in kinesiology will introduce students to the concepts, theories, research and careers related to the four major subdisciplines of kinesiology (motor behavior, exercise and health psychology, biomechanics, and exercise physiology). Students in the minor will then select one of these four subdisciplinary areas as the area of emphasis on which to focus in the upper-division requirements for the minor.
The BS program in nutrition provides students with the ability to apply nutrition principles in a variety of fields based on one of the following tracks.
Food and nutrition management --- Students develop an understanding of the food industry, learn to manage and market food, and develop a food or menu that meets a specific nutritional guideline, preparing them to apply their knowledge to food production.
The BS in nutrition with a concentration in dietetics prepares students with the required coursework and skill set to apply for a dietetic internship required to sit for the registration exam to become a registered dietitian, which is a food and nutrition expert. In addition to a core of professional nutrition courses, students will complete a broad range of science, management and communication classes. The program emphasizes the application of nutrition within clinical, community, food production and wellness areas.
The BS program in nutrition with a concentration in human nutrition provides students with a strong foundation in nutrition and science that prepares them for careers in public or community health programs and clinical or graduate research programs.
In addition to providing a strong foundation in medical nutrition therapy, the coursework includes anatomy, physiology, chemistry and microbiology. Students gain knowledge of nutritional concepts that health care professionals sometimes lack.
Students from this program have gone on to study:
The nutrition and healthy living minor will provide students with a greater understanding of how nutrition contributes to healthy lifestyles and disease prevention.
The personal fitness training certificate provides students with the knowledge, skills and competencies they need to design physical activity programs and give instruction in them to a relatively healthy population that is interested in improving general fitness and lowering the risk of developing hypokinetic disease. After completion of the certificate, students will have the ability to obtain an entry-level fitness certification through any accredited association.
This minor will allow students with academic interests that lie outside the realm of medical and health sciences to explore and learn the latest information related to healthy lifestyles, including the attainment and retention of a high quality of personal health. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to optimize their personal health and assume increased responsibility for their own personal health and well-being.
The BS degree program in public health teaches students to develop and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines for the promotion and protection of the health of the human population. This degree is designed to appeal to students interested in populations of people (rather than an individual's health), preparing the students with skills in the five core areas of public health, namely:
This certificate program is directed toward current degree-seeking students, postbaccalaureate students and nondegree-seeking students who are interested in eligibility for the school nutrition specialist credential offered by the School Nutrition Association. More information for this credential is available at: https://schoolnutrition.org/SNS/.
The exercise and wellness program offers this minor to any ASU student interested in learning about health and wellness. Students will develop a greater understanding of the behavioral, social, cultural and environmental factors that impact personal wellness behaviors and healthy lifestyle choices to assist them in enhancing their own wellness. This course of study does not prepare students to pursue national certifications for professional practice in fields of study related to health, fitness or wellness.
The MS program in exercise and wellness with a concentration in healthy aging prepares the graduate student in the delivery of physical activity programs to older adults. Program content includes the theories of aging; the impact of aging on functional capacity and motor abilities; the role of lifestyle behaviors in aging, physical activity assessment and programming for older adults; physical activity and nutritional influences on healthful aging; and the relationship of exercise and chronic disease.
The MS program in human nutrition is based on the scientific foundations of nutrition, but also prepares students to have strong writing skills, computer literacy, interpretive expertise, problem-solving skills and research experiences. Students who have completed an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics may also elect to apply to the ASU dietetic internship in order to meet the requirements to become a registered dietitian.
The MS program in human nutrition with a dietetics concentration is a nonthesis option for registered dietitians seeking to continue their education and advance their skills as practitioners. Designed with working professionals and students' learning preferences in mind, two program options are available: in-person and online. Both the in-person and online formats can be completed either full time or part time. The in-person courses are offered at the Downtown Phoenix campus one evening a week in the classroom.
The MS in obesity prevention and management is an innovative, transdisciplinary degree program that draws on a wide array of expertise at ASU. The curriculum is designed to integrate perspectives from the social, applied, life and health sciences and provides advanced, graduate-level, problem-focused, experiential training that is grounded in evidence and best practices for effective prevention and management of obesity.
The graduate faculty mentors of the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion in the College of Health Solutions offer a PhD degree in physical activity, nutrition and wellness. The mission of the program is to foster research which will promote healthy lifestyles intended to reduce the physical, social and economic costs of unhealthy living. While many healthy lifestyles are studied, the emphasis is on physically active living and sound nutrition.