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Majors in BHAN
Our academic programs focus on the psychosocial aspects of health, wellness, illness, and aging, enabling our students to obtain the practical experience, knowledge, and skills needed to promote optimal health and prevent disease in people across the lifespan.
The Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition offers majors in health behavioral science, applied nutrition, dietetics and nutritional sciences. Descriptions of these programs and requirements for completing them can be found below.
Bachelor of Science – Health Behavior Sciences
Health Behavior Science majors explore and analyze how human actions, cognitions, communications, and environment affect health, chronic disease, relationships and quality of life across the lifespan. More specifically they work to promote healthy lifestyles through education, assessing needs, counseling and coaching individuals, developing and implementing programs, policy change, creating media and materials, and evaluating the impact and outcome of their efforts.
Bachelor of Science – Applied Nutrition
This degree is designed for students who want to combine a study of nutrition with another course of study. They may choose a minor or use their electives to take a variety of courses of interest.
Bachelor of Science – Dietetics
This is the major for students who wish to pursue the Registered Dietitian (R.D.) credential. Students should be aware that completion of a post-undergraduate internship is required before taking the examination to become an R.D. Acceptance into an internship is very competitive, and GPA, work/volunteer, and leadership experiences as well as recommendations are all factors in admittance.
Bachelor of Science – Nutritional Sciences
This program is designed for those interested in pursuing an advanced degree in areas including but not limited to nutritional science, medicine, dentistry, and physical therapy and other allied health fields. This major has a very strong science curriculum. Students should review the preadmission requirements for post-undergraduate programs to assure they take all required courses. These sites show general preprofessional school equirements: www.udel.edu/premed andwww.udel.edu/pt.