A variety of Christian colleges and universities offer degree programs in nutrition or nutrition and dietetics. Located throughout the country, these schools are typically 4-year, private institutions and are affiliated with different denominations. Learn about some of these schools and their unique programs.
Many different states are home to Christian-affiliated schools that offer nutrition degree programs. Compare a few of the schools and their tuition rates below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Abilene Christian University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Churches of Christ||Abilene, TX||$33,330|
|Messiah College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Mechanicsburg, PA||$34,160|
|College of the Ozarks||4-year, private not-for-profit||Evangelical Christian||Point Lookout, MO||$19,130|
|Lipscomb University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Churches of Christ||Nashville, TN||$30,932|
|Ouachita Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Arkadelphia, AR||$25,870|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of the Christian Colleges with Nutrition Programs
Students wishing to study nutrition at a Christian college should consider what spiritual growth opportunities are available, the size of the schools and other unique factors of nutrition programs when making their decision. Here we discuss some of these factors for a handful of the Christian schools offering the subject.
Abilene Christian University
According to the NCES, Abilene Christian University in Texas had about 3,760 undergraduate students and around 1,150 graduate students in 2016. The university offers a minor, bachelor's and master's degree program in nutrition, as well as a Dietetic Internship Certificate. Students in the bachelor's degree program can choose from different tracks in dietetics, exercise science, community and food service while participating in field experiences and practicums. The university encourages spiritual connections with God and others through chapel services, Bible studies, spiritual communities and ministry/service opportunities.
Messiah College in Pennsylvania provides students with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree program and a graduate-level dietetic internship. The bachelor's degree program gives students access to the nutrition and dietetics lab suite and encourages students to compete for dietetics internships and join the Student Nutrition Awareness Club (SNAC) to develop leadership skills. Spiritual life on campus includes chapel services, small groups, pastoral counseling, Bible studies at the Loft, Worship Community, AROMA sports ministry and other leadership opportunities. The NCES reported that the college had close to 2,790 undergraduates among its population of roughly 3,300 students in 2016.
College of the Ozarks
Students at the College of the Ozarks who are interested in further developing their faith can attend Camp Koinonia (fellowship retreat), Artos (weekly Bible studies), small groups, Christian counseling and/or the Leadership Development Track training program. Students interested in studying nutrition at the Missouri school can pursue a bachelor's degree in nutrition and dietetics. Students in the program participate in internship/practicum courses at local institutions, like the Woman, Infants, Children (WIC) clinic, and take a senior seminar course that prepares them for the application process for dietetic internships. This undergraduate institution had close to 1,520 students in 2016, per the NCES.
Students at Lipscomb University in Tennessee can pursue a minor in foods or nutrition, an undergraduate certificate program or a bachelor's degree in dietetics or food systems management. Graduates of the dietetics major are prepared for internship opportunities that can lead to Registered Dietician eligibility and membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D.). The university believes in faith through missions, academics and community and offers chapel services, prayer sessions, small groups and one-on-one mentoring through the Joshua Project. According to the NCES, the university had roughly 4,600 students, including almost 2,990 undergraduates, in 2016.
Ouachita Baptist University
Ouachita Baptist University is an undergraduate university located in Arkansas that had close to 1,500 students in 2016, per the NCES. The university offers a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics that covers topics in medical nutrition therapy, biochemistry, nutrition science, human anatomy and more. Graduates of the program receive a Verification Statement of completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics that they can use to apply for internships in order to qualify for the national Registered Dietitian exam. Students wishing to grow in their faith can participate in men's or women's ministries, mission trips and Refuge, the campus-wide worship service held each week.