Winthrop nutrition program ranked among best in nation

adouglas@heraldonline.comJune 7, 2014 

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Winthrop University's master's in nutrition program has been named one of the top 10 of its kind in the country.

The college announced the honor earlier this week after graduateprograms.com ranked Winthrop's nutrition program as the eighth best among nutrition science offerings for graduate-level students. The website compiles ratings and reviews from current or recent graduate students across the country.

The ratings are divided by academic programs. Clemson University was the only other South Carolina college to be among graduateprograms.com top 25 list.

Other top-ranked schools for nutrition science included Northeastern University of Boston, Kent State University of Ohio and Georgia Health Sciences University of Augusta.

Winthrop University nutrition graduate students rated their university work among the top in the country, according to graduateprograms.com.

Schools are judged by several factors including academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid and the quality of networking options. The ranking is influenced only by submissions from college students.

Winthrop's Graduate School Dean Jack DeRochi said he was extremely proud of the recognition.

"Each year, graduating students go out of their way to tell me how rewarding this program is -- how devoted the faculty are to each other's success, and how prepared the students are for their future careers," he said.

Winthrop has offered food and nutrition courses since 1917. Its program has been approved or accredited since the 1940s, when the American Dietetic Association first began reviewing educational programs.

The university offers both post-graduate internships and a master's in science degree program focused on human nutrition. Winthrop's department of human nutrition also offers undergraduate level courses and a degree with an emphasis on dietetics.

Anna Douglas 803-329-4068

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