Student Spotlight: Annie Lin, Applied Nutrition Program

Annie Lin Master of Science in Applied Nutrition

Annie Lin is a second-year student in the online Master of Science in Applied Nutrition program at the University of New England. We spoke with Annie about her experience in the program, her poster presentation at a nationally-renowned conference for the field of nutrition, and her thoughts on being a part of an online learning community. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, and what encouraged you to pursue your Master of Science in Applied Nutrition? I grew up in a traditional Chinese medicine household. We always prioritized health and nutrition, but it wasn’t until my husband had a liver transplant and stroke that I decided to focus on nutrition.  While he was recovering from the transplant he was on a long list of medications and had severely limited mobility. I did not want to accept that as his destiny, so we decided we were going to nourish his gift of life and liver, and we changed his… Read More >

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What "Dietitian" Means & How to Become a Certified Nutrition Specialist

Two women and a boy in a garden looking at fresh vegetables and explaining what the term dietitian means

Year over year, Google searches for “dietitian” tend to slow in December. We get it: no one wants to think about diet and wellness when there’s turkey and chocolate fudge to be had! However, there’s no better time of year to consider nutrition-related career goals for the coming new year. Today, we’ll answer some of the most common dietitian questions, explain a few different types of dietitians, and explain why becoming licensed—especially as a Certified Nutrition Specialist—can give your career some additional momentum. What is a dietitian and what do they do? A Dietitian is a professional who aims to improve one’s quality of life through food- and health-related research and counsel. Furthermore, a Registered Dietitian (or RD) is a Dietitian who has completed a number of licensure requirements. RD responsibilities may involve: Assessing nutritional data and making recommendations for improvement Refining and monitoring special diets for people with unique nutritional needs Developing and presenting educational resources on nutrition and… Read More >

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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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UNE Online Presents & Exhibits at SNEB 2018 Conference

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The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) hosted its 51st Annual Conference in Minneapolis this July, where UNE Online was welcomed to present and exhibit. This year’s event theme, Optimizing Impact: Supporting Food Systems with Nutrition Education, attracted SNEB’s professional members, national educators, and nutrition students eager to showcase their current work while learning about the future of nutrition. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) represents the unique professional interests of nutrition educators worldwide. SNEB is dedicated to promoting effective nutrition education and healthy behavior through research, policy, and practice, and has a vision of healthy communities, food systems, and behaviors. Their work takes place in colleges, universities, and other schools, government agencies, cooperative extension, communications and public relations firms, the food industry, voluntary and service organizations, and with other reliable places of nutrition and health education information. SNEB Conference Minneapolis hosted the 51st Annual SNEB Conference and provided a beautiful… 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 Brown’s… 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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Program Director Spotlight: Dr. Ellie Dodge – Applied Nutrition Program

Dr. Ellie Dodge

Dr. Dodge is the Program Director 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

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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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Ambassador Spotlight: Melanie Berdyck, MSAN Program

Melanie Berdyck

Melanie Berdyck is a dietitian and student in the UNE Online Master’s of Science in Applied Nutrition program. We spoke to Melanie recently about her work, her online graduate school experience, and her thoughts about the Applied Nutrition program. What encouraged you to pursue your Master’s in Applied Nutrition? I earned my Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics in 2008, and I’ve been working in the field as a dietitian for about ten years now. Most of the people I work with have advanced degrees, and I’ve always had the feeling that there was so much more to learn – so I decided to go back to school. I figure that I have about another 40 years or so working in my career, so I want to keep current in my industry. I also went back to school to strengthen and improve my resume and to gain additional expertise in the area of nutrition. When you’re in the industry and working in… 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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Meet Our Team: Kat Davis

Kat Davis, MSAN Enrollment Counselor

Meet Kat Davis: an Enrollment Counselor for the Graduate Programs for Public Health. 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 transitioned to a role on the Enrollment team, assisting students who are interested in enrolling in the Public Health 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 Graduate Programs for Public Health. 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 is complete and they… 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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Meet Our Team: Alexandra Legere

Alexandra Legere, Enrollment Counselor

Alexandra Legere is an enrollment counselor. She also stars in UNE Online’s Facebook Live videos answering your questions about UNE, the application process, and graduate school. As an enrollment counselor, Allie enjoys hearing the passion in potential student’s voices and working with them as they take charge of their futures by applying to graduate school. 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 am an Enrollment Counselor for the Public Health, Applied Nutrition and Health Informatics graduate programs. This means I chat with potential applicants about the program to determine if it’s a good fit for their goals. I then work with them to help them complete their applications. Where are you from? I’m from right… Read More >

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Meet Our Team: Jeff Nelsen

Jeff Nelsen, Enrollment Counselor UNE Online

As an Enrollment Counselor, Jeff enjoys hearing prospective students’ stories and guiding them through the major life change of going back to graduate school. 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? As an enrollment counselor for the health informatics and applied nutrition graduate programs, I’m the first point of contact for potential students. I educate them on the programs UNE offers, answer any questions they have and work with them through their entire application process. Where are you from? I grew up in Bow, New Hampshire and went to Keene State College. After college, I moved down to Charleston, South Carolina for a while. I loved it there – the history, the beauty and all the… 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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Meet Our Team: Holland Wegner

Holland Wegner, Enrollment Counselor

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 on our team who are dedicated to making that happen every day. Holland Wegner is an Enrollment Counselor for our advanced degree programs in Health Informatics and Applied Nutrition. Holland enjoys building relationships with prospective students and likes knowing that the conversations he has with them might spark a significant and positive life change. When Holland isn’t on campus at the UNE Online office, he can be found spending time outdoors, experimenting with photography, or exploring Portland’s many cultural offerings. What do you do at UNE Online? I’m an enrollment counselor for the Health Informatics graduate programs, as well as the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition program. This means that I’m here to help answer questions about the programs and guide prospective students through the application process. I’m their… 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: 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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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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