Winthrop University: Department of Human Nutrition - Chair's Message

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Human Nutrition

Chair's Message

Chair PhotoWelcome to the Department of Human Nutrition at Winthrop University. Winthrop's nutrition and dietetics programs have had a long history in our state dating back to the late 1800s. We have offered approved or accredited programs in dietetics since 1917 and in 2017 we will be celebrating 100 years of dietetics at Winthrop. We were re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association in 2008. In 2012, the titles of the accrediting body and the association were changed to Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D.; the Academy).

We currently offer three distinct programs; they include the BS in Human Nutrition (dietetics option which meets the minimum academic requirements of the Academy), MS in Human Nutrition, and dietetic internship which is a accredited post-baccalaureate certificate program. The BS degree program and the dietetic internship program are accredited by ACEND of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. We are unique in the state in that we are the only institution offering all three programs; therefore, qualified students are able to complete the minimum academic requirements and the professional experiences to become registered dietitians at one institution.

The department has a number of qualified nutrition faculty with diverse backgrounds who teach courses related to their areas of expertise. All are registered dietitians. Faculty members are available to assist students in meeting their educational and professional goals. They challenge students to think critically and motivate them to excel in the program. They also serve as academic advisors for nutrition and dietetic majors and assist them in course selection and guide them in making their career choices both at the undergraduate and graduate level.

The philosophy that I have adopted for the department is that known as FIRST from the University of Kentucky Department of Human Nutrition. FIRST stands for: 

Focus on the contributions to excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement.

Innovation in ideas will contribute to evidence-based best practices in the profession of dietetics and nutrition.

Respect for others will allow service to others to be our highest priority.

Success is reached by empowering all individuals to reach their full leadership potential.

Teamwork fosters partnerships between students, faculty, alumni, and community allies.

Through this philosophy we will continue to be an exceptional nutrition and dietetic program.

Human nutrition is a field that combines knowledge from a number of disciplines including chemistry, biology, psychology, social sciences, and education. The field is best suited for individuals who are motivated, have problem solving skills, are dedicated, work well with others and can think critically. If you are interested in food and nutrition and are ready to be challenged, then Winthrop is the place for you.


Wanda M. Koszewski, PhD, RD, LD, FAND
Chair, Department of Human Nutrition

Last Updated: 4/24/20