Welcome to the Department of Nutrition Science

Welcome to the Department of Nutrition Science. Nutrition is an integrative discipline that involves chemistry, biology, physiology, pharmacology, medicine, behavior science and other disciplines. In addition to preparing graduates to become registered, licensed dietitians, nutrition science is a great pre-professional major for careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and the allied health professions. There are two options within the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree: the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DP) and the Nutrition with Science (NS) option. Both options are primarily on-campus, face-to-face programs that provide many opportunities for students throughout their course of study. The Nutrition Science Department also offers a nutrition minor, a Master's degree and a dietetic internship.

Career Opportunities

  • Public Health Agencies
  • Physician Private Practices
  • Wellness Programs
  • Food Systems Management
  • Regulatory Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Nutragenomics
  • Residential Treatment Centers
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Research Development


NIH SEPA Highlights FoodMASTER: REACH TO TEACH for National Nutrition Month
NIH SEPA Highlights FoodMASTER: REACH TO TEACH for National Nutrition Month

Funded by the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award since 2005, ECU's FoodMASTER Initiative is being highlighted for National Nutrition Month.

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Upcoming Events

2018 Pediatric Nutrition in Practice Lecture Series

All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend!

Jan 31st "Infant Nutrition: When, What, Why & How Much"

Jennifer Fowler, RDN, CSP, LDN
Clinical Pediatric Dietitian III (NICU)
Vidant Medical Center

1:30P Room #1335
Feb 7th "Nutrition Considerations for the Breastfeeding Infant & Mother"

Nancy Sinko, MPH, RDN, LDN, IBCLC
Clinical Pediatric Dietitian/Lactation Consultant
Vidant Medical Center

9:00A Room #1305
Feb 14th "Feeding Infants Formula: Important Recommendations for Optimal Development"

Susan Neuhoff, RN, BSN
Mead Johnson Nutrition

1:00P Room #1335
Feb 26th "Pediatric Feeding, Swallowing, and Nutrition"

Becky Griffin, MS, CCC-SLP
Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist
Carolina Therapy Connection

8:30A Room #1345
Feb 28th "Food Allergies & the Introduction of Foods"

Maria Rupp, RDN, LDN
Nutrition Plus

2:00P Room #1335
March 14th "The Use of Skin Carotenoid Status to Assess Changes in Vegetable and Fruit Intake: Potential Public Health and Clinical Applications"

Dr. Lisa Jahns, PhD, RD
Research Nutritionist at the USDA – ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center 

11:00A Brody Auditorium, Blue Section
Grand Rounds, Co-Sponsored by the Departments of Nutrition Science and Public Health

*Presentation WILL NOT be recorded
March 28th "School Nutrition Programs in Pitt County Schools"

Leann Seelman
Child Nutrition Director
Pitt County Schools

Lauren Weyand, RD
Child Nutrition Supervisor
Pitt County Schools

1:30P Room #1335
Apr 3rd "School Meals Rock: Using Social Media, Blogging, and OptEds to Change Public Perception of Schools Meals"

Dayle Hayes, MS, RD
Nutrition for the Future
Billings, Montana

12:00P Room #1335
Apr 4th "Writing for the Community: Developing Your Communication Skills as a Health Professional"

Kathy Kolasa, PhD, RDN, LDN
Professor Emeritus, Master Educator
Department of Family Medicine; of Pediatrics at Brody School of Medicine
East Carolina University

1:30P Room #1335
Apr 11th "Working with Diabetic Children & Adolescents: Important Considerations for Food & Nutrition"

Mindy Saenz, RDN, LDN, CDE
Clinical Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Educator
ECU Pediatric Specialty Care

1:00P Room #1335
Apr 16th "Achieving a Health Weight in Children: Assessment Opportunities & Outcomes"

Natalie Taft, MS, RDN, LDN
ECU Pediatric Healthy Weight Research & Treatment Center

2:00P Room #1335

Contact Virginia C. Stage, PhD, RDN, LDN (Assistant Professor of Nutrition Science) ( for more information.