MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

Welcome to the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition!

I can’t express the level of excitement, innovation, and collaboration we have within our department. Faculty and students are constantly leading or are involved in cutting edge research, working in communities throughout the region promoting health, and engaging in some of the most interesting and applicable classes around. We aim to prepare you for the future of health care and develop the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your chosen vocation. Our students have done astonishing things. Check out our student page as well as our faculty research to see what we have been doing, and what we will do—hopefully with you along with us.

Just for a taste, here are some of the things that we are currently doing, and what you could be a part of:

  • Creation of a Center for Innovative Health Research
  • Creation of 2 PhD programs; one in Health Behavior, and the other in Nutrition Science (anticipating a Fall 2018 start date)
  • Expansion of undergraduate research experiences and mentoring
  • Expansion of our current MS in Health Promotion and MS in Human Nutrition programs
  • Expansion of our Foods Lab to provide additional support for our NTDT majors as well as outreach to students across campus
  • Expanded community engagement opportunities and internships for all our students
  • Creation of a Health Coaching Certification program that is nationally recognized
  • Creation of a Health Coaching clinic
  • Creation of a Nutrition Counseling clinic
  • Expanded Adapted Physical Activity training and outreach activities
  • Creation of apprenticeship courses where students get real life, hands-on, resume building experiences.

As the saying goes “the proof of the pudding is in the eating,” and our growth as a department is proof of the excitement and innovation I mentioned. Over the past few years we have grown rapidly. In 2011 we had approximately 450 students in our majors, now we have 800. We teach over 5000 students per semester across campus. Our research efforts have grown with almost all of our faculty receiving external funding. BHAN faculty have expanded from 17 faculty in 2011 to 33 today, and we have plans to hire more in the coming years.

It is a very exciting time to be a part of BHAN and we look forward to connecting with each one of you as we move to a very bright future.

Yours in health,
Mike Peterson