The human nutrition major is concerned with nutrition science, the application of the principles of biochemistry, physiology, and biology to human nutritional needs in health and disease. Current research includes neuro-physiological determinants of food reward in obesity and eating disorders, physiological determinants of food intake memory, novel weight loss treatments, interactions of socioeconomic and food safety factors on food choice, cultural effects on food preference and choice, and nutraceutical effects on immunity. Graduate study in Human Nutrition is offered on a full-time and part-time basis. Students may also decide to attain a PhD in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Human Nutrition.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) provides the coursework that is required to become a Registered Dietitian. Students who want to become a Registered Dietitian must successfully complete coursework approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetics Association (ADA). Drexel University is one of the first universities in the country to offer the DPD program on the graduate level. The M.S. in Human Nutrition with the DPD option is a full- or part-time program with courses offered in the evening. The program is 45 credits with a written comprehensive exam and may be completed in 2 years with full-time study. After completing the M.S. in Human Nutrition, students participating in this program will also receive a Verification Statement which shows successful completion of the DPD.
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