Dr. Christine A. Karpinski, PhD, RD, CSSD, LDN
College of Health Sciences
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
The mission of the Department of Nutrition in the College of Health Sciences at West Chester University is to shape tomorrow's nutrition and dietetics professionals and leaders through quality, relevant, and innovative teaching, service and scholarship.
The Dietetics concentration is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) so that students who complete the program are eligible to obtain a Dietetic Internship or similar supervised practice experience to pursue the Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist credential (RD/RDN). A career in Dietetics includes the practice of medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, or food service management.
Additional Courses: Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Advanced Human Nutrition, Community Nutrition, Strategies in Dietetics Education, Professional Skills in Dietetics, Food Science, Medical Nutrition Therapy, and Foodservice and Nutrition Management.
Note: This is the only concentration that leads to RDN or DTR credentials.
The Lifestyle Nutrition concentration combines nutrition with business, managment, and exercise science. Students learn best practices for promoting healthy lifestyles to diverse individuals and groups for positions in non-profit organizations, fitness centers, government health agencies, and health-related business. As a compliment to this concentration, students may pursue certification as a health coach or personal trainer.
Additional Courses: Nutrition Disease and Health Promotion, Entrepreneurial, Sports Nutrition, Perspectives on Obesity, Lifestyle Practicum, Lifetime Fitness Concepts, Exercise Science/Lab - and 4 business and marketing courses.
The Sustainable Food Systems Management concentration emphasizes ecological approaches and systems-based thinking for students to develop understanding of local, regional, and international food systems. Students are prepared for positions in food management and careers focused on sustainable food systems in businesses, healthcare, and community-based organizations.
Additional Courses: Sustainable Food Systems, The Food Chain, Sustainable Community Food Systems, Entrepreneurial, Nutrition, Disease, Health Promotion, Local Product Development, Food-to-Fork Practicum, Geography of Agriculture, Food & Sustainability - and 4 business and marketing courses.
Second Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics is tailored toward the student who has completed a bachelor’s degree and wants to pursue a career as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). The second degree option provides the student with all of the didactic courses necessary to pursue a dietetics supervised practice (internship).Second Degree Curriculum Guide
The Nutrition minor at West Chester University is designed to impart fundamental nutrition knowledge and an interdisciplinary understanding of the relationship among nutrition, health, physical fitness, and well-being. The minor will provide learning experiences that build upon and integrate knowledge from supporting disciplines. The curriculum focuses on nutrition with an emphasis on the application of knowledge regarding the maintenance of human health and well being throughout the life cycle. A minor in Nutrition requires students to complete two required courses, NTD 303 and NTD309. Four additional “NTD” courses must be completed for a total of 18 credit hours. A “C” grade or better must be earned in each of these courses before clearance for graduation with the minor will be grantedMinor Curriculum Guide