CSU, Chico News

Nutrition Program Tops National List

Date: 05-22-2015

Ernesto Rivera
Public Affairs
Kathryn Silliman, Chair
Department of Nutrition and Food Science

California State University, Chico’s Department of Nutrition and Food Science graduate program was recently ranked as one of the best in the United States.

Public Health Online, an organization dedicated to public health topics and postsecondary education information, gave the Department of Nutrition and Food Science master’s program a score of 90.29 and ranked it one of the top 45 universities in its list of Top Master’s of Nutrition Programs.

The organization specifically praised the opportunities the department gives to students to practice their skills in the community and outside the classroom and the department’s low student-to-faculty ratio.

The key scoring metrics used in the ranking included factors such as academic and career counseling services, job placement services, graduation rates, student-to-faculty ratio and tuition.

Kathryn Silliman, chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, said the program was deserving of the national ranking because of its record of student success.

“We offer a high-quality, high-impact program to approximately 30 students per year,” she said. “The majority of our students present their research at state and national meetings. The faculty have received highly competitive federal research grants and published scholarly articles with our students in journals such as the ‘Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,’ the ‘Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior’ and ‘Appetite.’”

The program also has an average acceptance rate into dietetic internship programs that is higher than the national average, and many of its graduates go on to work in nutrition-related fields in health care and education.

The department offers two options in its Master of Science program: general nutrition science and nutrition education. Students can also complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics while completing their master’s degree requirements.