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Agenda Item FA 10-40

Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

Brooks College of Health (Undergraduate) - New Degree Program Request:

Proposal for a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Nutrition & Dietetics

11/04/10: Passed

11/10/10: Approved

01/18/11: UBOT

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Brooks College of Health
Nutrition and Dietetics Department

New Degree Program Request:

Proposal for a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Nutrition & Dietetics

The Department of Nutrition & Dietetics is proposing a change in the current bachelor’s degree in Health Science (BSH) with a concentration in Nutrition to a bachelor’s degree (BS) in Nutrition & Dietetics. Curricular changes are also being proposed and APCs will be submitted after the new degree name change proposal. The current 120 credit hours will remain the same. As the proposed bachelor’s degree curriculum in nutrition & dietetics is currently taught under the BSH degree, creation of the BS degree will not require additional funding for courses, faculty, or other program resources.

The purpose of transitioning the concentration to a stand-alone degree program is to make it more representative of the degree earned and more marketable to potential Registered Dietitians. The proposed curricular changes meet the new accreditation standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education (CADE) passed in 2007.

Employment of dietitians and nutritionists is expected to increase nine percent during the 2006-2016 projection decade, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job growth will result from an increasing emphasis on disease prevention through improved dietary habits. A growing and aging population will increase demand for nutritional counseling and treatment in hospitals, residential care facilities, schools, prisons, community health programs, and home health care agencies. Public interest in nutrition and increased emphasis on health education and prudent lifestyles also will spur demand, especially in nutrition education and counseling and in food service management.

The SUS Strategic Plan includes a goal to meet the statewide professional and work force needs. Number two under that goal is critical needs: health professions. While dietetics was not included as a critical need in 2003, with the rise in childhood obesity and the subsequent health risks, the demand for dietitians will increase. This program directly supports that need. 

UNF Board of Trustees

Academic Affairs Committee Meeting
University of North Florida
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Brooks College of Health
(Nutrition and Dietetics Department)

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Nutrition & Dietetics
Approved By UBOT on Tuesday, 01/18/2011
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Provost Workman stated that this program is currently a track and not a full degree and that we had already approved a similar change for the master’s level.

Chair Cathy Christie remarked that there is confusion among students about what degree they are seeking and that creating a stand-alone program for Nutrition and Dietetics at the undergraduate level (apart from the current Bachelor of Health Science with a concentration in Nutrition) will be helpful. There are no additional resources needed to make this move to become a stand-alone program.

Chair Hicks made a MOTION to approve the BS in Nutrition and Dietetics and the item was approved unanimously.