Dr. Todd Royer - Interim Chair
Message from the Chair
This is an exciting time for the academic and professional fields related to health, nutrition, and exercise science. With increasing understanding of the myriad benefits of a healthy lifestyle, coupled with nationwide attention focused on widespread health problems such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis, there is an abundance of opportunity and challenge for newly educated professionals in our fields.
We offer a rich array of strong undergraduate and graduate programs, with student access to state-of-the-art research laboratories, nationwide internship programs, and culturally enriching study abroad experiences. Our nationally known faculty is energetically dedicated to student success. Iwould like to share with you some of the strengths and highlights of our academic programs:
Undergraduate B.S. Degrees
Athletic Training – This major, fully accredited by the Committee for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Joint Review Committee for Educational Programs in Athletic Training (JRC-AT,) provides students with extensive hands-on experience working closely with the university’s 23 Division I athletic teams, as well as in local clinics and high schools.
Exercise Science – The department’s largest and most academically competitive undergraduate program, this major prepares students for entry into post-graduate clinical programs, such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Medicine, as well as graduate study in Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, and Motor Control.
Health and Physical Education – Students in this versatile major gain hands-on experience with students in local schools during all four years at UD and exit this National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) approved program with certification to teach both Health and Physical Education at all levels, K-12.
Health Behavior Science – Specializing in either Fitness Management or Leisure Service Management, students in this major prepare for careers working with clients in the burgeoning fitness and leisure industries, with a culminating, semester-long internship experience during the senior year in a national location of each student’s choice.
Sport Management – With a curriculum including courses from Business and Economics, students in this major prepare for careers in the business end of the sports industry, with opportunities in facility, event, and sport team marketing, management, and administration.
Applied Nutrition – This flexible major provides students with the opportunity to combine an interest in nutrition with a secondary interest, such as pediatrics, geriatrics, health and fitness, food service management, or weight/obesity management.
Dietetics – Fully accredited by the American Dietetics Association (ADA), this major prepares students for entry into a 5 th year internship, followed by the opportunity to take the national examination leading to the R.D. credential.
Nutritional Science – Based on a strong science background, this major prepares students for entry into post-graduate clinical programs, such as Physical Therapy or Medicine, as well as graduate study in Nutrition.
Opportunities for Undergraduate Enrichment Experiences
- Honors Degree tracks for most majors
- Course credit for assisting faculty with ongoing research
- Professionally supervised practicum and internship experiences
- Active study abroad programs that have, in recent years, included travel to Australia, China, England, Norway, and Hawaii
- Organized trips for students to professional conferences
- A fully equipped computer lab located conveniently in the department facilities
M.S. in Exercise Science – Students in this academically rigorous program select a concentration in Biomechanics, Exercise Science, or Motor Control and are required to do a master’s thesis, working closely with faculty on research in the state-of-the-art Human Performance Lab.
M.S. in Health Promotion – This interdisciplinary program prepares professionals for the successful design, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion interventions, with graduates having the skills and knowledge to produce positive impact on health behaviors.
M.S. in Human Nutrition – This program provides advanced training in Nutrition and includes both thesis and non-thesis (scholarly project) options, with available linkages to the State Divisions of Aging and Public Health, the University Wellness Center, and local health care facilities.
Dietetic Internship – This innovative, distance-learning, computer-based internship program for 5 th year students seeking the registered dietitian (R.D.) credential, won a national award in 2003.
Ph.D. in Biomechanics and Movement Science – This exciting interdisciplinary program provides students in all areas of Exercise Science with access to faculty and coursework in Exercise Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Physical Therapy.
A complete description of admission criteria and course requirements for each of the department’s academic programs appears in the University of Delaware Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogue: http://udcatalog.udel.edu/ . If you have questions or would like more information about one of our programs please contact:
Susan Coffing, Academic Support Specialist,
(302) 831-2252 or email@example.com
We would be delighted to hear from you!!
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