NORTH MANCHESTER — Manchester University is launching a web based program in 2023 that can mix vitamin and genetics to organize college students for a profession within the area of dietetics.
It was notified Friday, May 13 by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) that this system has obtained candidacy accreditation.
Laura Bollinger has been named director of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Nutrigenomics (MSNGx) program. She describes the usage of nutrigenomics as “distinctive and forward-thinking.”
Nutrigenomics is a area of examine that examines each vitamin and genetics. Bollinger mentioned there are two methods of approaching the topic: the examine of how meals can affect genes (for higher or for worse) and the evaluation of how a person’s genes can have an effect on how one’s physique makes use of vitamins from the meals they eat.
MSNGx at Manchester would be the first of its sort, getting ready college students to grow to be registered dietitians with a singular deal with nutrigenomics.
“Nutrigenomics is a comparatively younger space of examine, so we’re actually cutting-edge and main the best way with this program,” she mentioned. “You received’t get this chance anyplace you go.”
Bollinger mentioned it’s a competency-based program, making certain that profitable college students will “display the abilities and talents to be efficient dietitians within the area.” She additionally famous that the deliberately small measurement of this system signifies that college students can have entry to loads of assist and suggestions.
The first college students within the MSNGx program will start within the Fall 2023 semester. Applications will open in October.
Because it’s on-line, college students can full coursework and experiential studying wherever they dwell. They will study neighborhood vitamin, medical vitamin remedy and human genetics, with a capstone venture the place they’ll create and conduct their very own analysis. Students can even full six various rotations within the area, which embody working in meals service and a hospital setting.
MSNGx at Manchester was initially envisioned by Teresa Beam, affiliate dean of graduate life sciences and division chair of pharmaceutical sciences, and Jeff Beer, division chair and professor of train science and coaching, to develop the University’s well being sciences choices whereas using the genetics laboratory on Manchester’s Fort Wayne campus.