Human NutritionDenis M. Medeiros, Head
Professors E. Chambers, Grunewald, Holcomb, Koo, and Medeiros; Associate Professors Baybutt, Lohse Knous, and Peters; Assistant Professors D. Chambers, Haub, Higgins, and Remig; Instructors Ferguson, Graham, Jordan, and Morcos; Emeriti: Professors Bowers, Caul, Clarke, Fryer, Newell, Reeves, Setser, and Tinklin; Associate Professors Atkinson, Harbers, and Smith.
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The programs in the Department of Human Nutrition focus on the nutritional and sensory properties of food; on the metabolism of nutrients; on nutrient requirements throughout the life span; on issues related to diet and health; and consumer behavior and nutrition education. In addition the department offers an accredited athletic training program.
The Department of Human Nutrition offers two programs leading to a bachelor of science degree in human nutrition: nutritional sciences, and public health nutrition.
A dual-degree program in nutrition and exercise sciences is offered jointly with the Department of Kinesiology. Students earn a B.S. in human nutrition and a B.S. in kinesiology. This is one of the largest programs of its kind in the nation. The public health nutrition program is one of the few in the nation.
Students who want to become registered dietitians must take additional courses to meet the academic requirements of the American Dietetic Association (didactic program in dietetics or DPD). They will then become eligible to apply for an accredited internship. Interested students should contact the DPD program director during the semester they are enrolled in HN 400.
Specialized laboratories for sensory analysis and nutrition research are available for research and instruction. The department has an animal laboratory that is fully accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC). In cooperation with the College of Veterinary Medicine, animals housed and maintained in the laboratory receive veterinary care to comply with the current NIH guidelines. A Nutritional Assessment laboratory includes facilities for physical and dietary assessments.
Nutritional sciences (pre-medicine)
The nutritional sciences program emphasizes the biological and physical sciences and provides students with the background necessary to understand the function and metabolism of nutrients. The program provides an excellent foundation for students considering careers in medicine, dentistry, and other health science professions. The curriculum is designed to meet academic requirements for entering medical school, dental school, or allied health professions.
Bachelor of science in human nutrition
Bachelor of science in kinesiology
Nutrition and exercise sciences is a dual- degree program. Students complete a total of 148-154 credit hours and earn two degrees, one from the Department of Human Nutrition and the second from the Department of Kinesiology. Graduates of this program may pursue careers in health programs offered by hospitals, industries, wellness centers, public and private clinics, fitness camps, and athletic clubs.
Bachelor of science in human nutrition
The public health nutrition curriculum includes emphasis on health promotion, as well as human nutrition. Students also gain firsthand experience with public health issues through completion of a practicum.
Public health nutritionists develop community programs to promote nutrition and good health; educate people about the relationship between diet and health; conduct research on the psychological, cultural, social, economic, and environmental issues related to nutrition and health; or work with special groups who are at risk for nutrition-related health problems, such as pregnant women, infants, and the elderly. Opportunities are available with local health departments community wellness programs and agencies involved in international development.
The athletic training curriculum program is a cooperative educational program housed in the Department of Human Nutrition with support from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. The program prepares students as entry-level athletic trainers through an extensive curriculum of didactic and clinical experiences in accordance with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) standards and guidelines for an accredited program for athletic trainers. Upon successful completion of the program and graduation from the university, students will have the knowledge base necessary to sit for, and pass, the NATA certification examination and begin a career in one of the many professional endeavors as a certified athletic trainer.
Level of students within the program
Observation may last for one year and no academic credit is given for this time. Hours may not be accumulated toward the 800 hour minimum, nor does the student begin to work toward the two year minimum period. During the first two weeks of the semester, the program director will hold a meeting to discuss the observational requirements, general policies, and procedures. The student will then be assigned to a rotation between the various sports and athletic training rooms at K-State. The student will be asked to work five to 10 hours per week with the various athletic trainers at K-State. During these rotations the student is expected to finish a self-paced course of learning that reflects the abilities expected of an introductory student in athletic training.
1. Completion of HN 320 with a grade of B or better.
2. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better and at least a 3.0 grade point average in core classes.
3. Demonstration of competence on the entrance oral and written examinations.
4. Completion of an application provided by the program director.
5. Completion of a physical performed by one of our physicians.
The NATA mandates a maximum number of students that may be admitted to the curriculum. Therefore, this application process is competitive. Candidates will be evaluated by the entire athletic training staff and will be selected based on the criteria outlined above.
Transfer students who demonstrate exemplary prior experience will be accepted provisionally to the athletic training curriculum. If, after the first semester, they demonstrate the qualities expected of the student athletic trainers, transfer students will be accepted to full status.
Exemplary prior experience would be demonstrated by the following criteria:
1. Documentation of at least 500 clock hours of prior practical experience under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer.
2. An overall grade point average of at least 2.75 at the previous institution attended.
3. Completion of an equivalent of HN 320 with a grade of a B or better.
An application to the curriculum as well as documentation of the requirements must be provided to the curriculum director prior to admittance.
Athletic training educational program
Athletic training students must complete 53 hours in the athletic training program along with general university and individual departmental requirements.
HN 132. Basic Nutrition. (3) I, II, S. Concepts of human nutrition applied to personal food choices and health.
HN 301. Food Trends, Legislation, and Regulation. (3) II. Food laws, regulation, labeling, additives, and residues. Current trends in market forms, packaging, and utilization of various foods.
HN 352. Personal Wellness. (3) I. Impact of the effect of personal actions on lifelong wellness. Practical methods of assessing, maintaining, and improving behaviors to reduce the risk of illness and disability. Emphasis on developing skills to make informed, responsible health decisions. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HN 400. Human Nutrition. (3) I, II. Nutrients, their function, metabolism, and relation to health and disease: the digestion, absorption, transport, utilization, and storage of nutrients in humans. Pr.: CHM 110 and 111 or 210; BIOL 198; HN 132, or ASI 318, or consent of instructor.
HN 413. Science of Food. (4) I, II. Chemical, physical, sensory, and nutritional properties of food related to processes used in food preparation. Two hours lec. and six hours lab a week. Pr.: CHM 210 and 230.
HN 450. Nutritional Assessment. (2) II. Methods of nutritional assessment in humans to evaluate dietary intake and body composition; use of biologic markers of human nutritional status. One hour lec. and two hours lab a week. Pr.: HN 400; BIOL 340. For HN and DT majors only.
HN 499. Problems in Human Nutrition. (Var.) I, II, S. Supervised individual project to study current topics or participation in research. Pr.: Six hours in HN and consent of instructor.
HN 520. Topics in Human Nutrition. (1-3) On sufficient demand. May be taken more than once for a maximum of 6 hours. Pr.: Junior standing and consent of instructor.
HN 551. Evaluation of Athletic Injuries of the Extremities. (3) I. This course is designed to familiarize the student athletic trainer with the principles of orthopedic assessment and to apply these principles to specific regions of the body. Knowledge gained in this course may be applicable to other individuals interested in health related professions, which require systematic examination of the body. Pr.: HN 320 and BIOL 340.
HN 552. Emergency Procedures and Evaluation of Core Athletic Injuries. (3) II. This course is designed to familiarize the student athletic trainer with the procedures of emergency management of athletic injuries and to apply these procedures both on the field and off the field. The student athletic trainer will become familiarized with the principles of orthopedic and emergency medical assessment and to apply these principles to the core of the body. Knowledge gained in this course may be applicable to other individuals interested in health related professions, which require systematic examination of the body in emergency settings. Pr.: HN 320 and BIOL 340.
HN 555. Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training. (3) II. The theory and application of various energy systems used in the treatment of athletic injuries. Practical experiences will be emphasized. Pr.: HN 320, PHYS 115.
HN 557. Seminar in Issues in Administration of Athletic Training Programs. (3) I. Application of various problems and issues affecting the athletic trainers in their roles as administrators in the areas of role delineation, budget designs, legal aspects of sport, facility design, and drug testing/drug education.
HN 585. Internship in Athletic Training. (1-4) I, II. Supervised clinical application of practical skills in athletic training. Pr.: HN 320. May be repeated for a total of 4 credit hours with additional prerequisite of KIN 330 and 335 required for last four semesters.
HN 600. Public Health Nutrition. (3) I. Public health nutrition issues for various segments of the population; nutritional components of community assessment, program planning, and evaluation; and policy issues pertaining to the nutritional status of the population. Pr.: HN 450.
HN 610. Life Span Nutrition. (3) I. Physiological and environmental influences on nutritional requirements; nutritional problems and eating patterns of age groups throughout the life cycle. Pr.: BIOCH 265, BIOL 340, and HN 400.
HN 620. Nutrient Metabolism. (4) I. Basic concepts of the mechanisms of actions, interactions, and the processes of cellular assimilation and utilization of nutrients in humans. Emphasis on the coordinated control of nutrient utilization among the major organs. Pr.: HN 400, BIOL 340, and BIOCH 521.
HN 630. Clinical Nutrition. (5) II. Nutrition in disease including physiological and biochemical basis of nutritional care, effects of disease on nutrient metabolism, diet therapy, nutritional assessment and nutrition counseling. Pr.: HN 620.
HN 635. Nutrition and Exercise. (3) I. The interrelationships among diet, nutrition, and exercise. Topics covered include physical fitness, weight control, nutrient metabolism during exercise, and athletic performance. Pr.: HN 132 or HN 400; KIN 250, and KIN 335. Cross-listed with KIN 635.
HN 644. Women, Aging, and Health. (3) II. Risk factors for acute and chronic diseases, health concerns and interests, barriers to obtaining health care, public policies, and future research on women's health issues. Pr.: BIOL 198 and senior standing.
HN 660. Nutrition and Food Behavior. (3) I, in even years. Focus on the physiological, environmental, cultural, and economic factors that influence the use of food. Identification of appropriate methodology to study these factors as well as programs to modify food behavior. Pr.: PSYCH 110 or SOCIO 211 or ANTH 200; and HN 400.
HN 701. Sensory Analysis of Foods. (2-3) I. Sensory analysis of food appearance, texture, aroma, flavor; physiology of sensory receptors; laboratory and consumer panels; and interpretation of data. One hour rec. and three to six hours lab a week. Pr.: STAT 320 or 330 or 340.
HN 702. Nutrition in Developing Countries. (3) I, in odd years. Nutritional problems in developing countries, including an analysis of factors which contribute to malnutrition, effects of undernutrition, methods for assessing nutritional status, and interventions to combat nutrition problems. Pr.: HN 503 or 610.
HN 718. Physical Health and Aging. (3) I, alternate odd years. Focus is on the physiological theories of aging, the relationship between normal aging processes, and the major chronic and acute diseases of the elderly, and community health promotion/maintenance programs for older adults. Pr.: BIOL 198 or 310; FSHS 510.
HN 741. Consumer Response Evaluation. (3) II, odd years. Evaluation of consumer attitudes and perceptions of products to provide quantitative and qualitative information for research guidance. Design and implementation of consumer questionnaires of guides for focus groups and interviews. Two hours lec. and four hours lab a week. Pr.: STAT 320 or 330 or 340.
HN 780. Problems in Human Nutrition. (Var.) I, II, S. Supervised individual project to study current issues. Pr.: Senior standing or consent of instructor.
HN 782. Topics in Human Nutrition. (1-3) On sufficient demand. May be taken more than once for a maximum of 6 hours. Pr.: Senior standing and consent of instructor.