A KiND Welcome!
Thank you for visiting the Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Dietetics (KiND)! We offer undergraduate programs in the area of Kinesiology (Sport and Exercise Science, SES) with Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in Exercise Science, Human Performance, Physical Education K-12 Teaching, and Sport Administration as well as a Minor in Physical Education Teaching and a Minor in Sport Coaching.
In Nutrition and Dietetics, we offer a BS degree in Dietetics, a BS in Nutrition, a Distance Dietetic Program (DDP), and a Minor in Nutrition. We also offer a Dietetic Internship to help prepare student to become Registered Dietitians.
I also invite you to explore our Graduate Kinesiology (SES) programs and our Graduate Dietetics programs. KiND offers graduate degrees in Athletic Training (M.S.), Biomechanics (M.S. and Ph.D.), Exercise Physiology (M.S. and Ph.D.), Dietetics (M.S.), Dietetics with Dietetic Internship (M.S. with DI), Social Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (M.S. and Ph.D.), Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership (M.A.T. and Ph.D.), Sport Administration (M.S. and Ph.D.), and Sport Coaching (M.A.). These programs provide students in depth study while helping to develop critical thinkers with the tools for conducting meaningful research and assuming leadership positions in their respective disciplines.
KiND also has plenty of opportunities for students outside of the classroom. In addition to our numerous research opportunities throughout the department, I recommend taking a look at the UNC Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, the UNC Sport Marketing Research Institute, and the UNC Active Schools Institute to see how these experiences help enhance student education.
Again, thank you for visiting KiND, and please feel free to give me a call or send me an email if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you, and we would love to have you Be KiND!
Chair, Department of KiND
Nutrition & Dietetics: Preparation Based in Science
Our students meet the changing needs of society and industry in food and nutrition, with a sound knowledge base in science. With foundations in physiological, biological and behavioral sciences, students are well-prepared for clinical, private practice and management aspects of nutrition in health care. Dietetics students develop human relationship skills and expertise in addressing nutritional needs for human growth and development throughout the life cycle.
News and Announcements
Beginning January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) has changed the degree requirement for dietitian registration eligibility from a Bachelor's degree to a Master's degree (in any field) in addition to the current requirement of a verification statement from an ACEND accredited dietetics program. For more information, see Graduate Degree Registration Eligibility Requirement Frequently Asked Questions and Graduate Degree Registration Eligibility Requirement Student Option Scenarios.
Distance Dietetic Program
UNC offers a distance-based Didactic Program in Dietetics called the Distance Dietetic Program (DDP). It's the same program as our ACEND accredited on-campus program, but is more accessible for students who aren't able to participate in a full-time on-campus experience. The DDP offers 15 courses online; the rest of the required courses are taken at a regionally accredited institution where you live or on-line.
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Faculty & Student Highlights
Weld County Department of Public Health and the Northern Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition recognized the work that Dr. Alena Clark, Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and Yvette Lucero-Nguyen, Director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Equity have accomplished to support breastfeeding / chestfeeding / lactating individuals at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). UNC has six lactation stations on campus that offer privacy for individuals to express their milk. UNC was recently designated by the Northern Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition as a breastfeeding friendly public venue. Congratulations UNC!
Alex Silva, Dietetics ’19, received the 2018 Outstanding Dietetics Student Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This award recognizes the emerging leadership and achievement of students in dietetics education programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. The Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was responsible for selecting award recipients from the state of Colorado.
Glenda Dardashti, ’17 Distance Dietetic Program Graduate, was selected by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a recipient of the Foundation’s Commission on Dietetic Registration Diversity Scholarship. Glenda is currently completing a combined master’s program with dietetic internship at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey.
Jeff Gilis, Lecturer, received the 2018 Emerging Dietetics Leader Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This award recognizes the competence and activities of members, regardless of their age, who are at the beginning of their dietetics careers. Academy members receiving this honor have supported the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the public through leadership in legislation, research, education, management, and other areas related to the profession. The Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was responsible for selecting award recipients from the state of Colorado.
Katie Kage, Assistant Professor, was featured in UNC today research articles.