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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The Role of the Bariatric Dietitian with Shannon Wickman, RD, LD

Shannon Wickman, RD, LD

Last month, the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition program at the University of New England co-hosted the 7th Annual Bariatrics Conference with Southern Maine Health Care, where one of the topics was the role of a bariatric dietitian. In order to more fully understand this profession within the health industry, we sat down with conference presenter Shannon Wickman, RD, LD. We discussed the function of bariatric dietitians and explored her thoughts on the future of this branch of healthcare. What is a bariatric dietitian? Bariatric dietitians work primarily as part of bariatric programs, which are the programs that offer weight loss surgery for patients with morbid obesity. A significant component of weight loss surgery is diet and lifestyle change prior to surgery – and that is where most bariatric dietitians do the bulk of their work. They work with patients to help them get ready for their weight loss surgery by modifying the patient’s diet and lifestyle approach. The… Read More >


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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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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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: 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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