Category Archives: Academic Planning

Spring 2020 Special Course: NURS 497 Health Disparities

This would be a terrific 400-level supporting course for NUTR majors.

Nursing Special Topics Course Offering – Spring 2020

NURS 497 (#20329)– Health Disparities (3 credits)

This course will explore contemporary health disparities in the United States. Students will be introduced to health outcomes that vary by sexual orientation, gender, race, and other social determinants of health. We will learn about frameworks that have been used to explain disparate health outcomes and healthcare and discuss how scientific data can serve as an impetus to improve well-being for everyone.

This class will meet on Mondays from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM in 271 Willard Building and will be taught by Britney Wardecker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing.

There are no prerequisites, and the course is open to all University Park students.

NUTR 445 in Spring 2020

If you plan to take NUTR 445 this spring and will have completed NUTR 251, BIOL 141, and BMB 211 with C’s or better by the end of this semester, please add your name, ID, and e-mail to this spreadsheet: The College of HHD is having Lionpath block registration for students who do not have the prerequisites for its courses, but it unfortunately is looking for the new prerequisites of BIOL 161-164 and NUTR 211R. We will add you manually to NUTR 445 during your registration period.

Preparation & Info for Upcoming Advising Appointments

Many of you have appointments with me in the next 2-3 weeks to discuss your spring schedules. To prepare for these appointments, please run an “Academic Requirements Report” and sketch out a spring schedule that advances you toward your degree. Most of you will be following the Suggested Academic Plans found here:

  • A few notes about Audits and What-If Reports in Lionpath:
    Some audits still search for HM 228, which was discontinued after Summer 2017 – HM 228 material was folded into HM 329 & 330
  • Starting with the 2018-19 academic year:
    • NUTR 456 became NUTR 361
    • NUTR 370 (1 cr) was discontinued and was folded into NUTR 391 (which became 2 cr instead of 1 cr)
    • NUTR 371 (1 cr) became NUTR 393 (1 cr)

Since many current students took the old courses, the degree audit may still look for them. As long as you have taken one version of the course, old or new, you have fulfilled your degree requirements. Your Academic Requirements reports and What-If reports evaluate your degree progress according to the year you started at Penn State. It will also list the name of your chosen option (e.g., Applied Science, Basic Sciences, Dietetics) as it was at the time.

As a heads up, your final transcripts will list the new option names (Behavioral Nutrition & Public Health, Nutrition & Dietetics, and Nutritional Physiology & Biochemistry). To repeat, however, your degree requirements have not changed.

I know it’s a little confusing, but it works out. If you have questions, we can discuss them during appointments.

David A. Cassiday
Nutritional Sciences Advisor
Penn State University

“Express Advising”

In order to meet the demand for advising prior to registration, I have set up appointment blocks labeled “Express Advising” on Starfish. These appointments will last only 15 minutes and are devoted to scheduling questions only for the Spring 2020 semester. These appointments are open only to students majoring or minoring in Nutritional Sciences. The currently available blocks of 15-minute appointments are:

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 9:00-11:00 am
Thursday, Oct. 10, 1:30-3:00 pm
Friday, Oct. 11, 10:00 am-11:30 am
Thursday, Oct.17, 9:00-11:00 am
Friday, Oct.18, 10:00-11:30 am
Friday, Oct.18, 2:00-3:30pm

To facilitate these express appointments, please run an “Academic Requirements” report and outline a schedule for Spring 2020 that advances you toward your degree. I can then review your proposed schedule and answer any questions you have. More Express Advising blocks may be added if needed.

For long-range plans or more detailed, serious matters, please schedule a regular 30-minute appointment. Thank you!

Dave Cassiday
Nutritional Sciences Advisor

HHD Education Abroad Open House – Wed, Sept. 25, 3-5pm

Explore study abroad programs led by HHD faculty all over the world.
Commons Area (first floor), HHD Building

3:00 pm – Tips for Studying Abroad: Panel Discussion with HHD students who have previously studied abroad.

Nutritional Sciences Students Interested in Medical, Dental, or Physician Assistant Careers


If you are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, or Physician Assistant, the Health Professions Advisors in the Eberly College will be hosting these group advising sessions:

  • Med Prep (for students interested in medicine, dentistry), Thursday September 5, 6-7 pm @ 101 Thomas
  • PA Prep, Tuesday Sept. 10, 6-7pm @ 112 Buckhout
  • PA Prep, Wednesday Nov. 6, 6-7 Pm @ 201 Thomas
  • Med Prep, Monday Nov. 11, 6-7 pm @ 262 Willard

The pre-health advisors typically require students to attend one of these sessions first before making a 1-on-1 appointment. As a Nutritional Science major, you would see me to stay on track with your degree and a health professions advisor to discuss plans for medical, dental, or PA school.

Fall TAs Needed for NUTR 100, 358 and 361

You can earn 400-level supporting course credit for serving as a TA (Teaching Assistant) for any nutrition course. Being a TA can also be a valuable learning experience for undergraduates. In assisting with the grading of assignments, students will get a better understanding of their chosen field and the nutritional value of foods. Additionally, helping run a course may broaden your perspective for those thinking about teaching as a career option, whether it be in the classroom or within a clinical setting.

TAs are still needed for the following courses this fall semester:

NUTR 100Nutrition Applications for a Healthy Lifestyle (3 cr. GHW): Course meeting times/location:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:05-10:20 a.m. in Sparks 10
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:35-11:50 a.m. in BBH 022

Students who commit to being a NUTR 100 TA will be required to:

  • Attend course lectures and assist with in-class activities for large groups of students (requires 3 hours per week)
  • Grade 3-4 outside-of-class assignments (requires an additional 5-6 hours per assignment)

Student TAs must have completed NUTR 251 with a grade of B or better to TA for NUTR 100. If interested, please contact Dr. Adams ( with a statement as to why you would like to be a TA.

NUTR 358 (Assessment of Nutritional Status) and
NUTR 361 (Community and Public Health Nutrition, formerly NUTR 456):
Course meeting times/locations:

  • NUTR 358: M/W 8:00-9:15 a.m. – Nursing Sciences Building
  • NUTR 361: T/Th 3:05-4:20 p.m. – HHD 005

Junior or Senior Nutrition Majors who successfully completed the course they want to TA with grade of B or better are encouraged to apply for these upper-level TA opportunities (see below). This commitment will require approximately 3-5 hours per week of time assisting the instructor by:

  1. Grading assignments
  2. Answering questions and helping students to improve their study skills and nutrition concepts
  3. Helping to proctor quizzes (given during lecture periods)
  4. Coming to lecture (encouraged, but not always required)

If interested in either NUTR 358 or 360, please contact Dr. Fleming ( and please include the following information:

  1. A list of nutrition courses you have taken with grades received
  2. Whether you are available to attend the lectures
  3. A brief statement as to why you want this experience

Thank you for considering these opportunities to help support the Nutritional Sciences Department!

Welcome to Our New Full-Time Advisor!

David Cassiday has recently started as the first Full-time Advisor for the Nutritional Sciences Department. David was previously a Health Professions Advisor at the Eberly College of Science, assisting students who were preparing for medical, dental, physician assistant, and optometry careers. His new office is in 103 Chandlee Lab (near the SNA bulletin board) and appointments can be set up with him via Starfish. He will be responsible for all course substitutions and other official advising duties for all students who have declared Nutrition as their major. Dr. Adams will still be teaching this fall, and students who want to visit with her as a faculty member are encouraged to do so. Dr. Alison Gernand will continue to be the project advisor for all Schreyers’ Honor Students in the department.

Students are encouraged to make appointments with David through Starfish as needed upon returning to University Park. However, during Drop/Add Week (August 26-30) David will be holding only walk-in hours from 9 a.m. – 11:30 and from 1-4:00 p.m.  After the first week of classes, please feel free to set up a time to meet with David as needed.

Planning to Graduate in December?

It is the student’s responsibility to let the University know when you are actually completing the final course requirements for your degree.  Winter 2019 Commencement will be held in the Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday, December 21, 2019. To participate, you must register by going into LionPATH and declaring your intent to graduate (“apply for graduation”) now through Tuesday, September 10th .

Your application is needed to start the process of reviewing your degree requirements for graduation and receiving approval from the college to graduate. You should also check in with your advisor to ensure that you have truly met all degree requirements. If you have any credits from outside of Penn State that are still needed to fulfill degree requirements here, you must fully complete the transfer process before the registrar will be able to approve your degree completion.

Health Promotion & Wellness Intern Needed for Fall 2019

Health Promotion and Wellness is seeking a student intern for the fall 2019 semester. If interested, send a resume and cover letter to Erin Raupers at by June 28, 2019.

The role of the Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) intern will be to assist with a range of health promotion initiatives during fall 2019. The intern will have hands-on opportunities to participate in the development of health promotion and wellness initiatives for a college population. The intern will work collaboratively and individually to accomplish assignments. The intern will be supervised by Erin Raupers, Assistant Director.

The intern’s primary responsibility will be to assist with two aspects of the Healthy Penn State Initiative. The goal of the Healthy Penn State initiative is to improve the academic success of students by encouraging healthy behaviors. The intern will develop content for the Healthy Penn State website and social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The intern will also assist with the recruitment, training, and management of the Healthy Penn State Ambassadors, a peer health education program.

Additionally, the individual will help staff outreach tables and assist with the daily operation of the Wellness Suite. Activities include staffing the front desk, greeting students who have appointments, answering the phone, and answering questions. The intern will assist with wellness initiatives, health promotion campaigns, wellness services and wellness workshops. The intern will gain valuable knowledge about evidence-based strategies for sleep, nutrition, physical activity, and stress. The intern will also gain experience with program evaluation.

The start date of this internship is August 26, 2019. The intern may work between 15-30 hours per week for 15 weeks. The approximate end date is December 13, 2019. This is an unpaid internship, but the successful candidate will receive credit through their academic department.

We are seeking someone who is creative and values innovation along with excellence. Experience with technology is essential. Strong communication, organizational, interpersonal, and presentation skills are essential as well as a genuine appreciation for working with diverse populations.

If you have questions, please contact Erin Raupers at 814-863-0461 or eeg5005@psu.ed