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 degree programs: 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


2016 SDA Meet and Greet

The East Carolina University Student Dietetic Association is a student organization that focuses on professional development of nutrition with science and didactic program students; but is not exclusive to any one major. SDA focuses on developing students with the assistance of the program director and advisor Kate Willson. Through volunteer experiences, meet and greets and monthly meetings members are encouraged to develop professional skills used in everyday life.

The SDA annual meet and greet is where members and professionals come out and mingle in a relaxed setting. The meet and greet is meant to promote positive relationships among students and professionals along with giving students the opportunity to find research and shadowing opportunities. Throughout a student's years at East Carolina SDA aims to provide skills, volunteer hours and plenty of opportunity to succeed after graduation.

Summer Lecture Series

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

May 18
"Nutrition Assessment & Growth in Pediatric Patients"

Shannon Holton, RDN, CSP, LDN
Clinical Dietitian Supervisor (Pediatrics)
Vidant Medical Center

2:00P Room #2425
May 23
"Feeding Infants Formula: Important Recommendations for Optimal Development"

Susan Neuhoff, RN, BSN
Mead Johnson Nutrition

1:00P Room #2350
May 25
"Infant Nutrition: When, What, Why & How Much?"

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

1:00P Room #2350
May 31
"Food Allergies & the Introduction of Foods"

Maria Rupp, RDN, LDN
Nutrition Plus

1:00P Room #2330
June 1
"Nutrition Considerations for the Breastfeeding Infant & Mother"

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

1:00P Room #2350
June 5
"Child Nutrition in the Early Child Care Setting"

Kristey Coulter
Child Care Health Consultant
Pitt County Health Department

1:00P Room #2330
June 5
"Feeding Infants Formula: Important Recommendations for Optimal Development"

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

2:30P Room #2350
June 13
"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 #2330

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