The Dietetics concentration teaches students to apply food and nutrition knowledge to improving nutrition and maintaining good health. Students receive verification statements in this accredited program to enter dietetic internships and graduate programs on the pathway to becoming registered dietitians.
Questions about this concentration can be directed to:
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Urbana, IL 61801
Anne (Kinsella) Coltman attends many different rounds in the surgical intensive care unit, which allows her to interact daily with patients on various medically complex issues. She has learned that every aspect of the patient’s state has an effect on nutritional well-being in both direct and indirect ways. Her observations and experiences during rounds make her interventions more effective.
“The ability to multitask and work on a variety of projects at the same time has been integral,” Anne says.
Anne’s days usually consist of patient care in the morning and time to instruct during the afternoon and evening. Her ability to prioritize tasks, as well as to handle multiple research projects, students, and classes, has helped her become successful.
Anne gives a lot of credit for her success to the University of Illinois and the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN).
“My experience at U of I encouraged excellent time management skills to balance classes and extracurricular activities. This prepared me for my internship, and ultimately my current job.”
She speaks highly of her professors, who instilled a passion for research. Anne believes this is a driving factor for her interest in research today.
“In ACES and FSHN, my professors knew who I was, what I enjoyed, and how best to help me succeed,” Anne says.
While attending Illinois, Anne was also a member of the women’s club volleyball team, including captain and vice president in her junior and senior years. The team attends monthly tournaments as well as an annual national tournament. During Anne’s senior year, her and her teammates finished eighth in the country.
Anne believes the University of Illinois is unlike any other.
“The atmosphere on campus makes U of I a unique institution,” Anne says. “While the academic achievements speak for themselves, it is difficult to describe the community feeling among students that continues after becoming an alumna. Even now, walking on the Quad with my family makes me feel at home.”