The Madonna University Didactic Program in Dietetics is currently granted full accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 312-899-5400, www.eatrightpro.org/acend
Many students who pursue a graduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Madonna University are interested in becoming Registered Dietitians. This program offers the opportunity for you to gain advanced knowledge of the nutrition field through courses such in food behaviors, sustainability, nutrition assessment, medical nutrition therapy, metabolic nutrition, research and more.
Current food trends and consumer motivations will be studied and controversial food issues may be debated with experienced instructors who will challenge students to find solutions to diet-related issues while considering alternative methods of educating clients.
The U.S. Department of Labor has published that job growth of 16 percent is expected for dietitians and nutritionists between 2014 and 2024, a much faster rate than the national average. A degree in Nutrition and Dietetics will allow students to pursue registration that will prepare students for a career path in a clinical, food service management or community setting. Potential job roles also include:
Dietitians can work in settings such as: hospitals, health clinics, senior care facilities, sports nutrition, renal dialysis centers, public health programs, home care and businesses such as grocery stores.
Gain experience investigating current nutritional issues related to fad diets, obesity, aging, athletic performance, food sustainability and motivating clients to make change.
Ph.D. Michigan State University
M.S. Iowa State University
B.S. University of Iowa
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Dr. Schmitz is a former Peace Corps volunteer who became interested in the field of nutrition while working as a high school science teacher in Lesotho, Africa. She is a Registered Dietitian who has worked in the areas of research, nutrition education and nutritional counseling. She enjoys teaching courses in Nutrition Assessment, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Advanced Human Nutrition and Experimental Foods and Research. She has been active in many professional associations related to nutrition and dietetics, most recently serving as an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Position Paper editor and on the board of the Southeastern Michigan Dietetics Association.
She has served as a reviewer for several nutrition textbooks and on advisory boards for dietetic internships. Her recent research includes collaborating with nursing faculty on the project titled, "Teaching Nutrition Screening and Assessment of the Geriatric Patient: An Inter-professional Approach." In addition, she has worked with many students on research projects related to fat replacers, sugar substitutes, oil absorption and consumer acceptability of food products.
Several of these students have presented their research and won awards at the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference.
M.S. University of Michigan
B.S. Michigan State University
Dietetic Internship, University of Michigan School of Public Health
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Laura Freeland Kull, MS, RDN is the Director of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program. She started at Madonna University as an adjunct faculty member in 1997 and joined as a full time faculty member and director in 2008. She completed her undergraduate degree in Dietetics at Michigan State University and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetic Internship at University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Her interests include food system sustainability, environmental nutrition, food insecurity, community and life span nutrition. Laura has worked in clinical nutrition specializing in nutrition support in the long term care population. She is an active member in the dietetics profession.
She has served on the board of the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Michigan Nutrition and Dietetics Institute and the Southeastern Michigan Dietetic Association. She is the recipient of multiple awards including the Michigan Dietetic Association’s Outstanding Educator, the Michigan Dietetic Association’s Registered Dietitian of the Year, The Michigan Dietetic Association Award, the Southeastern Michigan Association Distinguished Service Award and the Volunteer of the Year for the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center.
Laura is also the faculty advisor of the Madonna University student government organizations: the Nutrition Network and the Food Recovery Network.