More than 115 new students registered to begin classes in September, which represents a 100 percent increase since the program’s inception in 2011. It is also the largest master’s class in the history of Logan’s College of Health Sciences.
While most master’s degrees in nutrition offer eight to 12 credit hours of nutrition-related coursework, Logan’s MSN offers the entire required 36 credit hours in nutrition-specific coursework, including unique courses such as Nutrition for Pain and Inflammation and Nutrition and Behavior. Course instructors are experts in their area and almost all instructors are in practice within their topic of expertise, offering real-life experience and training.
“With the online format, a highly-experienced team of instructors and focused coursework, this degree program checks all the boxes necessary to take the next step in a career in nutrition,” said Robert Davidson, PhD, program director for the Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance. “As interest in nutrition and a healthier lifestyle soars, we expect demand for the program, as well as constant improvements to our offerings, to continue to grow.”
Logan will host the second annual All University Assembly on Thursday, October 6th from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the Purser Center. The guest speaker will be Richard Brown, DC, LLM, FEAC, FRCC, Secretary-General of the World Federation of Chiropractic.
All faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends are invited to attend or to view the Assembly via online streaming which can be accessed via the Logan homepage on the day of the event.
Lunch will be served at the conclusion of Dr. Brown’s presentation.
The live stream will begin on Thursday, October 6th at 11:30am CST.
All students are invited to attend a special event featuring Dr. Anthony Wolf titled Business Builders: Practical Tips for Success on Friday, September 9th between 6pm and 9pm in Room 156B
The following topics will be covered:
- Determining the right practice for you
- Business plans
- Funding opportunities
- Hiring & managing staff
Cheryl Houston, PhD, CHES, has covered a lot of ground in her health sciences career in higher education. She has spent time in research, as a faculty member, in administration and in development, but her most current position as program director of the Doctorate of Health Professions Education
(DHPE) at Logan is one that bonds most of her interests and experiences.
“Looking back, most of my decisions throughout my career led me to Logan,” she said. “My vision for this program is clear, and I am excited to find out just how much we can impact the current health care industry with this innovative doctorate program.”
Born and raised in Boston, Dr. Houston earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Cornell University. It was there she met her husband, a native St. Louisan, whose dream was to work for the Saint Louis Zoo. After graduation, the two moved back to the Midwest, where her husband began his work at the Zoo and Dr. Houston completed her dietetic internship, landing her first professional job in research at Washington University in St. Louis.
Washington University in St. Louis. “When you are working in research, you may not have the opportunity to teach,” she said, “but one of my mentors felt I had a knack for teaching and encouraged me to expand my horizons.” While at Washington University, Dr. Houston helped to develop a master’s program in health sciences and also worked in program administration. “Connecting with students fed my soul, and I realized I wanted to spend more time teaching,” she said.
After receiving a master’s degree in medical dietetics and a doctorate in health services research from Saint Louis University, Dr. Houston took a more active teaching position at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, eventually becoming a tenured professor, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.
“I honed in on the best practices for quality education, and I served on almost every committee in order to learn the ins and outs of university organization, program administration, curriculum planning and development,” she said.
When the opportunity to direct the DHPE program at Logan presented itself last fall, Dr. Houston knew it was a great fit and a perfect combination of research and education.
“The DHPE is designed to give health care professionals an opportunity to develop skills as quality educators,” she said. “This program will work to address the educator shortages in many professional health programs. Program graduates will not only be content experts in their health field but also excellent educators for the next generation of health care professionals.”