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Colleges That Offer Food Service Nutrition Programs

by Laura Leddy Turner

With the increased public interest in healthy eating and disease prevention, food served in institutions and schools has come under greater scrutiny. Professionals who are knowledgeable in the science, ingredients and regulations of food marketing and consumption are increasingly providing dietary planning services to universities, hospitals, prisons and the hospitality industry. To meet the rising demand for these professionals, many colleges offer degree programs related to nutrition and food services management. Some examples of those colleges follow.

Oregon State University

The College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University in Corvallis offers a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and food service systems. The degree program combines coursework at the university with classes in culinary arts at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany. Students in this program also are required to complete eight credits -- or 240 hours -- in a hands-on field experience. The program is competitive and admits only 10 students per year.

California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Long Beach, offers a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics and food administration. Coursework focuses on areas such as nutritional science, community nutrition, food production and management of food service operations. Upon graduation, students often pursue careers in health and welfare agencies, hospitals, food service operations and research facilities. The degree program also offers an option in nutrition and dietetics for students choosing to become a registered dietician.

Arizona State University

At Arizona State University in Phoenix, the Bachelor of Science in nutrition degree offers students several options to prepare for a career in food services. Students can pursue concentrations in food and nutrition management, food and tourism management and human nutrition. In addition, students can complete one of two nutrition related minors: human nutrition or nutrition and healthy living. The school also offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in food service management for students already holding an associate's degree in that major.

Messiah College

Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is a private Christian school that offers a Bachelor of Arts in nutrition and food services management. The program combines core courses in business and management with coursework in nutrition, foods and food service. Prior to graduation, students will complete an internship designed to give them professional experience in an area that matches their career goals.

Simmons College

Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, is a private undergraduate college for women. Its School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in nutrition with a major in food service management. The nutrition student's educational experience is enriched through public seminars on various topics within the food and food services fields. Students also participate in community service projects, internships and fieldwork placements and serve as mentors for the Boston Latin School nutrition club.

Purdue University

Working professionals in the school nutrition or food services industries can earn a specialized credential in school nutrition and food services from Purdue University. The certificate-granting course is completely online and consists of nine courses with a total of 25 credit hours. The program emphasizes supervisory and managerial skills and can be completed in academic rotations that range from one to two years.

About the Author

Laura Leddy Turner began her writing career in 1976. She has worked in the newspaper industry as an illustrator, columnist, staff writer and copy editor, including with Gannett and the Asbury Park Press. Turner holds a B.A. in literature and English from Ramapo College of New Jersey, with postgraduate coursework in business law.

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