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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 11/15/01
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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UC College of Allied Health Sciences Offers Master's of Nutrition

Cincinnati--The Program in Dietetics and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences accepted the first class of candidates for its new master's degree in nutrition sciences program this fall.

A master of education in food and nutrition has been offered at UC by the College of Education since 1966. In 1995, the program moved to the Medical Center as an academic unit within the Center for Health Related Programs, which became the College of Allied Health Sciences in 1998. Admissions to the master of education program were suspended in 1999 to allow students to graduate before initiation of the new master of science program this year.

"The nutrition program is one of the oldest academic programs at the university," said Grace Falciglia, PhD, professor and head of the nutrition program. "Our new physical location within the College of Allied Health Sciences benefits from the resources of a major medical institution, allowing opportunities in the areas of teaching and research in both laboratory and hospital settings."

The goal of the program is to prepare highly competent nutrition professionals. The program trains graduates to make significant contributions to the field in research, practice, teaching and leadership. The curriculum requires one academic year of full-time graduate study providing students with knowledge in the biochemical and physiological aspects of human nutrition; methodologies used in basic nutrition research and skills in research, design, implementation, evaluation and interpretation.

"This is a very attractive profession," Falciglia said. "The program is designed for the dietitian, nurse, physician or other healthcare professional seeking to enhance their knowledge and credentials. Graduates of this program can do many things from working in the community to research to clinical work to marketing. The possibilities are endless."

For more information, please call the Program in Dietetics and Nutrition Sciences at 558-7503.

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