Applied Nutrition Program Overview

Applied Nutrition professionals

The Master of Science in Applied Nutrition online program at UNE, offered through the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, strives to enhance, expand and enrich learning opportunities in the field of Applied Nutrition. The UNE Online staff is invested in the success of each student from application to graduation and beyond. It is through a student-centered approach that UNE Online is able to uphold a solid commitment to its students to ensure that they receive a high quality, rigorous education that provides a true return on investment in their professional career. All UNE Online students engage in research and scholarship alongside dedicated faculty who are committed to their academic and professional success. Our academic programs ensure that students have plenty of opportunities for fieldwork, clinical experiences, research, and global experiences at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. UNE Online provides all its students around the world a vast variety of quality resources from personalized student support to online technical… Read More >

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Spotlight on the Applied Nutrition Trends & Issues Student Blog

Applied Nutrition Blog

One of the goals of the online nutrition masters degree at UNE Online is to prepare individuals for leadership roles in the field of nutrition. We do this by advancing knowledge and expanding skills that promote excellence and innovation in all areas of nutrition practice. The program also fosters an emphasis on evidence-based best practices to support the wellbeing and health outcomes of individuals, families, and communities through education, research, and service. One of the ways our students in the Applied Nutrition program demonstrate thought leadership and expand their skills in the field of nutrition is through blogging. Transferring skill sets Authoring scholarly papers is a skill that students in the University of New England Online’s MS in Applied Nutrition hone throughout their entire program. Scientific papers are essential to the cause of advancing knowledge and are something that nutrition professionals enjoy reading, but they’re not necessarily user-friendly or appealing to a wider audience. The general public does not relate… Read More >

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U.S. FDA Issues Extension on Nutrition Fact Label Rules

Nutrition Facts Label

On May 27, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submitted the Nutrition Facts Label Rule and the Serving Size Final Rule to update nutrition information found on food labels. This rule was first set with a compliance date set for July 26, 2018 at the earliest. These final rules demand food manufacturers help the public make better and more informed choices with their food. On July 3, 2018, the FDA extended the compliance dates by 18 months. Although 29,000 products have already implemented these changes, other manufacturers’ updates are still in progress. Let’s look at how these changes will affect how we read food labels. “Working to improve the nutrition and diet of Americans can be a transformative effort that helps reduce the burden of many chronic diseases, ranging from diabetes to cancer to heart disease. It’s just as important for consumers to be able to effectively use the updated food labels, and we’re launching a major educational campaign… Read More >

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Today's Dietitian Webinar, Sponsored by UNE Online

UNE Online sponsors Nutrition Webinar - Today's Dietitian

The Master of Science in Applied Nutrition program at UNE Online is proud to sponsor a webinar with the nutrition experts at Today’s Dietitian on July 11th! Join us as we identify and share tips on interviewing from the other side of the mic. This webinar will be hosted by CNN executive producer and correspondent, Carolyn O’Neil. As registered nutritionists become more involved in media, it’s important to learn the skills needed to become an expert. Find out more and register, here! About the host Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RDN, LD, is an award-winning food journalist, nutrition communications consultant, author, blogger, television personality, and registered dietitian nutritionist. She is the author of Southern Living’s The Slim Down South Cookbook: Eating Well and Living Healthy in the Land of Biscuits and Bacon. Carolyn contributes to Thrive Global, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine, and WebMD Magazine. She appears on NBC Atlanta & Company and played “The Lady of the Refrigerator” on Alton… Read More >

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Welcome to Nutrition 2018!

ASN Live Stage at Nutrition 2018

At UNE Online, the Applied Nutrition graduate program got the summer started as an exhibitor at Nutrition 2018 hosted by the American Society of Nutrition (ASN). UNE Online was joined by 48 other booth exhibitors to welcome over 3,000 guests to share the latest research, science, and technology in nutrition science. What were the highlights? What is Nutrition 2018? American Society of Nutrition decided to offer a conference exclusively for nutrition science. Hoping to provide a space where the best in science and health meet. Prior to this, ASN hosted an annual meeting around Experimental Biology. With input from more than 1,000 ASN members, Nutrition 2018 was approved and created. A meeting to address the specific needs of nutrition professionals and ASN members. Resulting in record-breaking results in exhibitors, attendees, and sponsors. UNE Online proudly took part as one of these sponsors to further our standing as a leader in nutrition. We were joined by three additional universities and a… Read More >

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Ellie Dodge – Applied Nutrition Program

Dr. Ellie Dodge

Dr. Dodge is the Program Manager for the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition program at UNE Online. Her program has a diverse student body, and her faculty all follow the scholar-practitioner model, making the program highly desirable for students with a passion for nutrition. Recently we sat down with Dr. Dodge to discuss the Applied Nutrition program here at UNE Online. Can you tell me a little bit about your background and what drew you to UNE Online? I did my Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. in Nutrition, all at the University of Maine. My dissertation, Evaluation of the Impacts of a Cooperative Extension 4-H Nutrition Education and Gardening Program on Nutrition Behavior and Self-Efficacy, involved developing a nutrition education curriculum and then evaluating the impacts of the curriculum on a variety of research groups. Developing and teaching curricula and evaluating the impact through statistical assessment are all things that I really enjoy doing. I worked at the University of… Read More >

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1st Annual UNE Nutrition Symposium

2018 Nutrition Symposium

UNE Online and the Graduate Programs in Applied Nutrition are excited to announce our first annual UNE Nutrition Symposium! The event will be held on Saturday, April 21st right here at Innovation Hall in Portland, ME. We have an exciting lineup of speakers and breakout sessions. Attendees will: Become familiar with best practices in the field of sports nutrition. Identify nutrition strategies to apply to both team and individual athletes. Understand the concepts of motivational interviewing as well as be able to identify determinants of behavior change. Gain a broad understanding of health informatics and be able to put documentation processes into practice. Topics and speakers will include Best Practices in the Field of Sports Nutrition Speaker Carrie Banner Aprik, MS, RD, CSSD is a Consulting Sports Dietitian for the gold-medal-winning US Women’s National Hockey Team, US Figure Skating Team, and the Detroit Pistons basketball team. Motivational Interviewing: Revolutionizing Healthcare with Behavior Change Speaker Angelina Moore Maia, Ph.D., RD, LD… Read More >

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The Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) Credential

Certified Nutrition Specialist logo

Along with an increased awareness of the need for proper nutrition comes an increased demand for skilled nutrition professionals such as Certified Nutrition Specialists to provide care for patients with various medical conditions and to advise people who desire to improve their overall health. We all know that eating a balanced diet is vital for good health and wellbeing. Food provides our bodies with the energy, protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals to function properly – and we need a wide variety of different foods to provide the right amounts of nutrients for good health. Elite athletes have long understood the importance of proper nutrition – but more and more people are realizing the importance of fueling their bodies with nutritionally-sound food. Eating a proper nutritious diet offers numerous health benefits that keep you mentally and physically well, including heart health, bone strength, increased energy, brain health and weight control. Increasingly, people are turning to nutrition professionals for advice. What… Read More >

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Applied Nutrition: Focus your studies

Master of Science in Applied Nutrition at UNE Online - focus areas

The Master of Science in Applied Nutrition program at UNE Online is a 36 credit-hour program that can be completed in as little as two years. It is 100% online, with no campus visits required, and no GRE is required for admission. What you’ll get with your Master’s in Applied Nutrition The mission of the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition is to prepare individuals for leadership roles in the field of nutrition, to advance knowledge and expand skills that promote excellence and innovation in all areas of nutrition practice, and to emphasize evidence-based best practices to support the well-being and health outcomes of individuals, families, and communities through education, research, and service. Why we developed the focus areas In order to meet the academic and career goals of our students, the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition at UNE Online has been designed so you can specialize in a particular subject area. The way the program is structured, you… Read More >

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Faculty Spotlight: Leanne DiMaio – MPH Program

Leanne DiMaio, MBA, MPH

Recently, Leanne DiMaio was asked to be the subject matter expert and course designer for a brand new course within the Masters of Science in Applied Nutrition program, ‘Nutrition, Wellness, and Multimedia Communication.’ Leanne has been a course facilitator in the UNE Online MPH program since 2012, directly after graduating from the MPH program herself. She earned her MBA from Saint Joseph’s College and a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College. Leanne is currently in the process of earning her Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (DCN). Leanne currently works in the field of Population Health and Wellness and leads a team who focuses on managing disease management and wellness programs. Here, she discusses her interactive teaching style and the benefits of working with UNE students. Can you tell us a little bit about your background, and what drew you to teaching at UNE? I was previously a student at UNE and had a fantastic experience. I graduated… Read More >

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Meet Our Team: Kat Davis

Kat Davis, MSAN Enrollment Counselor

Meet Kat Davis: an Enrollment Counselor for the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition Program. Kat graduated with a BS in Marketing from Plymouth State University before joining UNE in the summer of 2016 as the Program Coordinator for the Applied Nutrition program. Kat recently joined the Enrollment team, using her program expertise to assist students who are interested in enrolling in the Nutrition program. At UNE Online students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day. What do you do at UNE Online? I’m an Enrollment Counselor for the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition program. I am the first point of contact for a potential student, and I answer any questions they may have about the program or application process. We work together until the application… Read More >

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Meet Our Team: Jonathan Chavoustie

Jonathan Chavoustie, Student Support

Master of Social Work Course Descriptions *Please review the UNE Academic Catalog for the full and most up-to-date UNE online MSW course descriptions and program information The UNE Online MSW program is a fully CSWE-accredited program. This program provides the flexibility to choose from three specializations when designing your educational course plan, to best meet your specific personal and professional goals.  Courses are offered 100% online with timely, relevant content taught by dynamic faculty of practitioners, researchers, and educators. Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks are available in the online MSW. Please note the following when making course selections: Degree requirements, course plans, and the curriculum framework vary for each track option Required courses are offered every semester Electives are designated as enrichment and advanced Traditional students MUST complete their foundation field experience (SSW 522) before taking specialization courses – required and electives Advanced students can take enrichment and advanced electives. However, if a student is seeking licensure after graduation, they should take two advanced… Read More >

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Reflections of an Online Student: My First Grad Course

Crystal Dee, MSAN Applied Nutrition Student

For a while now I have known that {for me} going back to school was absolutely necessary. It took some time to get to the point where I was comfortable pulling the trigger and picking a program. It also took a lot of soul searching. I looked at topics everywhere from Psychology/Counseling to an MBA. Nothing really seemed to fit. That is until my love for health and nutrition seeped into my work life. From scratch, I started our company’s first step challenge. We did a trial run in our office and it really took off. There were “walking meetings” and “walking lunch breaks” taking place. All so their team could achieve the most steps and so that they had an excuse to get up from their desks! After the step challenge was over, I received so many wonderful emails telling me how it positively affected their lives. One woman even lost 20 pounds. My heart was full and I was… Read More >

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Faculty Spotlight: Joanna Rosebush, Ph.D., RD, LD - Applied Nutrition

Joanna Rosebush, PhD, RD, LD

Joanna Rosebush Ph.D., RD, LD is a faculty member at UNE Online. She earned her Master of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition, and her Ph.D. in Food and Nutrition Sciences with a special skill requirement in physiology. She is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian and has been an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics since 1995. Dr. Rosebush recently developed the course APN 615 Nutrition and Metabolism at UNE Online in the Applied Nutrition Master’s program. Her extensive experience in clinical nutrition makes her a perfect fit for this class, which was built to examine advanced concepts of human metabolism of carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water as well as the biological and physiological actions of these nutrients. Recently, we were able to ask her a few questions about her experience at UNE Online helping develop an online nutrition course, and her time here as a faculty member helping prepare her students for the real… Read More >

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Faculty Spotlight: Micaela Karlsen – Applied Nutrition Program

Micaela Karlsen, Applied Nutrition Faculty

UNE Applied Nutrition faculty member Micaela Karlsen is a doctoral fellow in Nutritional Epidemiology at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and holds a Master of Science and Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a nationally-recognized speaker in the field of nutrition and currently serves on two boards – the Expert & Medical Advisory Board for the International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference and the Board of Directors for Plant-based Prevention of Disease (P-POD). She founded and maintains, an online database of peer-reviewed, scientific research and other resources relevant to plant-based nutrition, as well as Sustainable Diet, a comprehensive support program for plant-based eating. Her new book, A Plant-Based Life just hit shelves and is a practical how-to guide for people thinking about transitioning to plant-based eating. Micaela brings her considerable expertise to her role as a faculty member at UNE Online and has recently developed the course Nutrition Practice… Read More >

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Student Spotlight: Jackson Long – Applied Nutrition Program

Jackson Long, Student in the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition program

Jackson Long, a Master of Science in Applied Nutrition student from Boulder, Colorado, is passionate about plant-based eating and living a healthy lifestyle. Jackson’s interest in nutrition was piqued during his time as a competitive cyclist, as he sought out the optimal diet for his athletic performance. His initial interest in nutrition gradually grew into a passion for helping others on their own health journeys, which ultimately led him to UNE. From Competitive Cycling to Nutrition Growing up in Sun Valley, Idaho, Jackson participated in and loved outdoor sports from a young age. He spent much of his free time skiing and then later got into cycling. This passion for physical fitness led Jackson to study integrated physiology at the University of Colorado in Boulder. While finishing up his undergraduate degree, Jackson became curious about how his diet affected his overall health. With a particular interest in the vegan diet, he enrolled in the Plant-based Nutrition Certificate program offered by… Read More >

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Student Spotlight: Tyler Blankenship – Applied Nutrition Program

Tyler Blankenship, Master of Science in Applied Nutrition Student

Tyler Blankenship, Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR), from Orlando, Florida, is a student in the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition program. Tyler’s background includes working as a chef at Walt Disney World, as a restaurant nutritionist at Sea World and also in nutrition management at a long term care facility. From Chef to Dietary Management Prior to beginning his master’s degree with UNE, Tyler flexed his culinary chops working as both a sous chef and nutritionist at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Armed with degrees in culinary arts and culinary nutrition from Johnson & Wales University, Tyler cooked at Four Star, Five Diamond restaurants at Disney. With a developing interest in nutrition, he moved on to a nutritionist position for the restaurants at Sea World. In this role, he provided nutritional and allergy analysis for each recipe offered on the property, as well as developed training materials on how staff could respond to and address concerns about allergies. After that,… Read More >

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Student Spotlight: Laura Rosales – Applied Nutrition Program

Laura Rosales, RN - Master's in Applied Nutrition Student

Laura Rosales, R.D. is a Master of Science in Applied Nutrition (MSAN) student from El Paso, Texas. She’s a busy working mother who enjoys the academic challenge of pursuing her master’s degree while managing her daily schedule. Prior to beginning her degree with UNE, Laura gained extensive experience in many areas related to the field of nutrition. Pursuing a master’s degree in nutrition had been a goal of Laura’s for a long time and she is thrilled to be taking this next step online with the University of New England. A diverse career Currently Laura works as a nutrition consultant educating families, caregivers and individuals with special needs on dietary requirements, conducting dietary assessments and developing eating plans. Laura believes her diverse background puts her in the unique position to work as a consultant. “Working with different populations with varying nutritional needs showed me where the needs in the market were.” Before branching out as a consultant, Laura opened a… Read More >

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New and 100% online - Principles of Human Nutrition

Principles of Human Nutrition

New online classes begin twice a month Registration deadlines for Principles of Human Nutrition and the entire suite of Science Prerequisite for Health Professions online classes are on the first and third Monday of each month. Secure your spot today! Register Now Not all online nutrition courses are the same. UNE Online has a brand new online nutrition course, 100% online, with fresh, custom-developed content. Principles of Human Nutrition is a 3-credit, science-oriented, introductory online nutrition course. Course content focuses on the role of nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention in relation to personal health choices. Emphasis is placed on the nutrient requirements of healthy individuals, nutrient categories and their characteristics, physiological functions, metabolism, and food sources. Who is the ideal person to take this Principles of Human Nutrition survey course? Are you looking to apply to medical school but need a science course to satisfy your prerequisite science credits? Or maybe you are in the process of applying for an advanced degree… Read More >

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UNE Attends Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo

Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo

The University of New England Graduate Program in Applied Nutrition was pleased to exhibit at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE), the world’s largest annual meeting of food and nutrition professionals, on October 15-18 in Boston, MA. FNCE is hosted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest charitable organization focused on food, nutrition and dietetics. FNCE provides a venue for people and organizations showcasing the latest information and innovations related to industry trends, academics, and research in food and nutrition sciences. Continuing your Applied Nutrition education There is a great deal of value at FNCE in the continuing education aspect of the conference, and the Graduate Program in Applied Nutrition Program Manager was able to participate in several sessions of continuing education and industry networking during the event. In fact, the Academy’s annual conference hosted more than 130 research presentations, educational sessions, lectures, briefings, panel discussions and live culinary demonstrations. The conference facilitates collaboration and… Read More >

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Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) Annual Conference

SNEB Annual Conference

Applied Nutrition Program Manager Ellie Dodge, Ph.D., and Senior Marketing Manager Victoria Hartig of UNE Online, attended the annual Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) conference in San Diego, CA this year. In addition to being available to meet potential new students and faculty at our booth in the exhibit hall, they also represented the University of New England in the national conversation on nutrition. “The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior is a great resource for our students. Membership in any professional organization brings with it a variety of benefits including access to experts in the field as well as knowledge of current and breaking research and education initiatives, networking opportunities, and the potential to meet new colleagues and make great friends.” says Applied Nutrition Program Manager, Dr. Ellie Dodge. Lively Discussion UNE participated in an interactive, hour-long ‘Dialogue Now’ session, presented to a group nutrition professionals representative of the diversity of the SNEB membership. The session consisted… Read More >

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UNE Announces New Online Master’s Degree in Applied Nutrition

Applied Nutrition

The University of New England’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies is excited to announce the opening of a new online Master’s degree in Applied Nutrition. The mission of the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition is to prepare individuals for leadership roles in the nutrition field, to advance knowledge and expand skills that promote excellence and innovation in all areas of nutrition practice, and to emphasize evidence-based best practices to support the well-being and health outcomes of individuals, families, and communities through education, research, and service. New program, experienced leadership UNE Online welcomes Elizabeth Dodge, M.S., Ph.D. to the role of Applied Nutrition Program Manager. Dodge joins the College with more than twelve years of experience in the nutrition and education fields. During her tenure at the University of Maine, Dodge served in a variety of capacities, including her role as advisor for the division of lifelong learning and course design specialist for the HealthyU initiative, as well as… Read More >

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