Learning Outcomes

Nutrition Department Mission and Learning Goals

The CSB/SJU Nutrition Department integrates the knowledge and skills required for nutrition and dietetics with the liberal arts which are rooted in the Catholic Benedictine values and foster a life-long love of learning and an open-hearted response to the needs of others. An appreciation and respect for the food habits and traditions of diverse peoples is balanced with the principles of scientific methodology and open inquiry. Intellectual growth of our students is promoted through innovative laboratory experiences, student research, study abroad opportunities, and community service. We are committed to helping our students develop skills in critical thinking, effective communication, ethical decision-making, and leadership in order to prepare them for contemporary nutrition careers, post-baccalaureate studies, service to their communities, and life-long learning. We contribute to the liberal education of all CSB/SJU students through providing courses that meet Liberal Arts Common Curriculum/Integrations Curriculum or other academic program requirements.

Goal 1

Students will be able to explain the influence of public policy on consumer behavior related to food choice.

Goal 2

Students will be able to describe how optimal health and disease occurrence are influenced by diet, physical activity, genetics, or environmental factors.

Goal 3

Students will demonstrate food and nutrition knowledge and skills that serve to enhance wellness in diverse populations.

Goal 4

Students will be able to explain the structure and components of agricultural, food science, and/or food production systems.

Goal 5

Students will demonstrate an understanding of evidence‐based research and evolving food and nutrition knowledge.

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Mission, Program Goals and Objectives

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University is to prepare graduates to enter supervised practice and/or graduate programs, leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam and the status of Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). The program prepares graduates to pursue food and nutrition careers through professional engagement, building on a broad liberal arts base.

Goal 1

The Didactic Program in Dietetics will prepare graduates for successful placement in supervised practice, and/or graduate programs.

Goal 2

The Didactic Program in Dietetics will prepare graduates who are successful in their supervised practice or employment and participate in professional organizations, as part of life-long learning.

Summary outcome data for the above objectives is available; please contact the DPD Program Director, Linda M. Shepherd, MPH, RDN.

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Emily Heying, PhD, RD, LD
Chair, Nutrition Department
CSB Ardolf Science Center 159
320-363-5614

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