The mission of the Nutrition program is to prepare competent entry-level licensed dietitian, highly qualified nutrition professionals who will contribute to the enhancement of the health of the general population through provision of evidenced-based nutritional education and counseling, while demonstrating high ethical standards.
The program provides graduates with high quality education and supervised practical experience to meet the need for licensed dietitians in Lebanon and beyond. In addition, the learning environment is structured to promote an appreciation for lifelong learning, research and for service to the community and profession.
Program Educational Goals and Objectives
The two overall program goals and the associated objectives are listed below:
Program Goal 1
Prepare graduates to become a knowledgeable, competent entry-level nutrition and dietetics professionals to meet the employment need in Lebanon and beyond.
- 1.Eighty percent (80%) of students admitted to the Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program will successfully complete the program and receive a verification statement within four and a half years after enrollment. (150% of the program length)
- 2.Seventy percent (70%) of the Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program graduates are expected to take the Lebanese colloquium exam within twelve months of completing the program.
- 3.Eighty percent (80%) of the Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program graduates will successfully pass the Lebanese colloquium exam within one year following the first attempt.
- 4.At least seventy percent 70 % of graduates will indicate on an alumni survey they are “satisfied” or above with the quality of their preparation for professional entry-level practice at NDU.
- 5.At least seventy five percent (75 %) of employers responding to a survey on program graduates in their first year of employment will report graduates of the NDU Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program preparation for entry-level practice as satisfactory or higher as compared to other entry-level licensed dietitian nutritionist.
Program Goal 2
Goal #2 – Prepare graduates who will demonstrate lifelong learning, effective professional skills, attributes, and a commitment to ethically servicing the community and the profession:
- 1.At least fifty percent (50%) of graduates will attend continuing education opportunities within 18 months after graduation.
- 2.At least fifty percent (50 %) of graduates who have sought higher education will pursue an advanced degree within 18 months after graduation.
- 3.Fifty percent (50%) of the Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program graduates who seek employment will be working in the field of nutrition and dietetics or related positions within twelve months of graduation in Lebanon and beyond.
- 4.At least (75 %) of employers responding to a survey on program graduates in their first year of employment will report graduate’s preparation for entry-level practice in term of professional skills and attributes as satisfactory or higher as compared to other entry-level licensed dietitian nutritionist.
To graduate, a student must fulfill all requirements of the undergraduate degree program, with an overall GPA of at least 2.0/4.0, and a minimum GPA of 2.3/4.0 in both the core and major requirements, and clear all accounts with the University. Candidates for degrees are reminded that grades of “I” assigned during the last semester to courses required for graduation will result in delaying of graduation.