Department of Human Nutrition and Hospitality Management

The University of Alabama recognized the importance of nutrition and health for individuals and families early in its history. UA has offered students pathways to pursue studies in nutrition, dietetics and related fields for almost 90 years. The UA food and nutrition major is a cornerstone program in the state of Alabama and the nation. Faculty members in the department bring years of industry and research experience to the classroom. Each student is assigned an individual faculty adviser who guides the student’s academic career during his/ her four years at the Capstone. Students also may participate in one of several student organizations within the department, each of which is guided by a faculty member. Students in food and nutrition all graduate with a bachelor of science degree in human environmental sciences. Students in the major may choose among one of four options: didactic program in dietetics leading to a dietetic internship, didactic program in dietetics only, coordinated program in dietetics or nutrition sciences concentration.

The hospitality industry is ideal for individuals who are passionate about meeting people’s needs and providing outstanding customer service. Management positions in restaurants and lodging properties are expected to grow an average of 5 percent through 2018, and a 16 percent growth is expected for meetings and convention planners.

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Programs

It is important for students to obtain the list of specific courses to be taken each semester from the department. Many of the courses in the major must be taken in a prescribed sequence, and most are offered only once each year.

Extras

The University Club

On April 1, 2012 the College of Human Environmental Sciences assumed the day-to-day leadership and management functions of The University Club, located on Queen City Avenue, near downtown Tuscaloosa. Students in the restaurant, hotel and meetings management program rotate through the club to gain “real world, hands-on” experiences. Students taking RHM 375, Managing Catering Operations, have the opportunity to host catered events at The University Club in both fall and spring semesters. Student learning is enhanced with opportunities to acquire knowledge in the classroom and apply that knowledge in a living laboratory.

The University Club was built on land reserved in 1819 by the Congress of the United States as part of a donation to endow “a seminary of learning” for the state of Alabama. In 1834 the current home was constructed by James Dearing, a steamboat captain and member of the Alabama Legislature. The home was occupied by Governor Arthur P. Bagby from 1834-1841 while he was Governor of Alabama. The home was presented to The University of Alabama in 1944 by the Herbert David Warner and Mildred Westervelt Warner family to be used as a social center for faculty and staff. 

Faculty

Chair
  • Lawrence, Jeannine
Professor
  • Meyer, Mary Kay
Associate Professors
  • Crowe-White, Kristi
  • Knol, Linda
  • Lawrence, Jeannine
  • Severt, Kimberly
Assistant Professors
  • Boyle, Kimberly
  • Chen, Hsiangting "Shatina"
  • Douglas, Joy
  • Ellis, Amy
  • Jung, Seung Eun
  • Kong, Lingyan
  • Niuh, Alvin
  • Park, Han-A
  • Shin, Yeon Ho
  • Stran, Kimberly
  • Tan, Libo
Instructors
  • Blumenthal, Jason
  • Bridgewater, Diane
  • DeSalvo, Denise
  • Greene, Lori
  • Hugg, Carla
  • McMahon, Shannon
  • Milstead, Sarah "Morgan"
University Club
  • Dean, Angelique
  • Stroud, Matthew

Courses

NHM
101
Hours
3
Intro Human Nutrition

Introduction to principles of the science of nutrition, with implications for and applications to food selection for individuals of all ages.

RHM
105
Hours
3
Nutrition for Hospitality Man.

Lecture and discussion introducing students to nutrition principles to evaluate and modify menus and recipes, as well as respond knowledgably to customers questions and needs.

Prerequisite(s): RHM 175

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