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Public Health Program to Offer Nutrition Emphasis

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Students interested in studying public health at the University of Evansville now have the opportunity to specialize in nutrition.

The nutrition emphasis was approved last week by UE’s curriculum committee and involves the creation of two new courses in the existing public health program: Public Health Nutrition and Food Science.

“With the ongoing cultural shift toward preventive care and wellness, the University of Evansville has seen a significant increase in the number of students interested in studying nutrition,” said Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, DrPH, assistant professor and director of the public health program. “Nutrition is a key part of public health, and the need for trained professionals in this field has never been greater. We’re excited to be at the forefront of this effort and prepare students for careers that make a significant impact on individual and community needs.”

A Bachelor of Science in public health with an emphasis in nutrition will prepare students for diverse employment opportunities with state and local health departments, health and school systems, government agencies, universities and research institutions, wellness centers, and consulting firms, to name a few. The program will also prepare students who wish to pursue advanced degrees in fields including physical therapy, public health, health services administration, dietetics, and health education.

For more information on the public health program and the new nutrition emphasis, please contact program director Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi at 812-488-2210 or visit http://www.evansville.edu/majors/publichealth/.

Members of the media interested in scheduling an interview with Patel-Dovlatabadi may contact Kristen Lund, director of news services, at 812-488-2241.

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