3What is Gerontology?The scientific study of the biological, psychological, and sociological phenomena associated with old age and aging.
4USC Davis School Degree Programs Undergraduate ProgramsB.S. Human Development and AgingB.S. Lifespan HealthMinorsAdvanced Placement/ Progressive DegreeInternshipsGraduate ProgramMaster of Science in Gerontology (9 dual degree programs)Master of Arts in GerontologyMaster of Aging Services ManagementMaster of Long Term Care AdministrationMaster of Science Nutrition, Healthspan and LongevityGraduate CertificatePh.D. in GerontologyPh.D. in Biology of Aging
5What is Dietetics? What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)? Dietetics - the science or art of applying the principles of nutrition to the diet.Versus a Health Educator who applies the principles of nutrition to health and wellness.RD – a professional trained in foods and the management of diets (dietetics) who is credentialed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
6Routes to Becoming an RD Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) will require a Master’s Degree as the minimum degree requirement for entry-level practice for all graduates in 2024.Two primary routes to becoming an RD: DPD+DI or CPMore students enrolled in DPD+DI; traditional route to RDCP targets students with Bachelors degree in another fieldDPD=Didactic Program in Dietetics; DI=Dietetic Internship; CP=Coordinated Program
7What does USC Davis School of Gerontology Offer? Master of Science Degree in Nutrition, Healthspan and LongevityCoordinated ProgramIncludes academic coursework and 1200 hours of supervised practice (internship)Program is 46 units can be completed in 2 years including 1 summer (courses)
8MS Coordinated Program in Nutrition, Healthspan & Longevity On-campus and distance students accepted and complete the program together, 15 per yearDoes not require DPD but does require pre-requisites + BA or BS degree (accredited univ.)One course delivered in Genoa, Italy (1st summer) highly recommended, not requiredRequired 40 hours experience (paid, volunteer, observation) with RD(s) prior to applyingSee USC Graduate School for tuition & application feesMust apply to the distance or on-campus track in USC Davis School of Gerontology
9Core Knowledge & Competencies Defined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) same competencies used for DPD, DI and CPFive categories and a program concentration area (pages 7-9 in Program Description, posted on Webpage).Our concentration area: Healthspan & Longevity
10Concentration Area Competencies 5.1. Translate research evidence on biology of aging and mechanisms for the extension of health and treatment of disease Incorporate knowledge of nutrient gene interactions, molecular and biochemical parameters and medication use, into the nutrition care plan (MNT) for individuals with complex medical conditions.
11Accreditation & FocusThe program was granted candidacy for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) in September (Eight students admitted on-campus January 2015)The program will prepare graduates for roles in the field of nutrition/dietetics, promoting personalized nutrition through work in hospitals and health care facilities, long-term care, business, teaching, research or in private practice.
12PrerequisitesBachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Prerequisites must be complete before starting the program. Cellular Biology with lab, Microbiology with lab, General Chemistry with lab, Organic Chemistry with lab, Biochemistry with lab, Human Physiology with lab, General Psychology or Sociology, Algebra or Pre-Calculus or Calculus or Statistics, Speech or Communications, Introductory Food Science and Human Nutrition. All prerequisite courses cannot be more than 10 years old at the time of application. The exception is the general psychology and the math; there is no time limit on these two courses. Not required to complete all at USC.You will be asked to complete a template identifying your prerequisite courses when you apply.
13Pre-Requisite - Required Undergrad Science Courses Course Taken At (Univ. or College)Date Completed (Month/Year)Course #Course Title1. Cellular or Introductory Biology (1-2 terms) with labBiochemistry (1 term) with labMicrobiology (1 term) with labGeneral Chemistry (1-2 terms) with labOrganic Chemistry (1-2 terms) with labPhysiology (1 term) with labOther (list):Pre-Requisite Required Undergrad Non-Science Courses1. General Psychology or Sociology (1 term)2. Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Statistics (1 term)3. Speech/Communications (1 term)Other (related):Pre-Requisite Required Undergrad. Nutrition & Foods CoursesCourse Taken At (University or College)1. Basic Human Nutrition (1 term)2. Introductory Food Science/ Experimental Foods
1440 Hours with an RD Requirement The purpose of this requirement is to help you gain exposure to RDs and the work they do.You are not limited to 40 hours but must complete at least 40 hours.RD work in the community, hospitals, private practice, foodservices, schoolsYou will summarize your experience and identify your mentor and contact information, obtain a signature for at least 40 hours, upload one document with application under “Other Documents”
15How do you find an RD?Join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) as a Student Member, join State and /or local affiliates, e.g. LAD (Los Angeles)Get involved, volunteerJoin AND Practice Groups, also a small fee to join, get involved, volunteer, write an articleContact programs in your community with RDs
16Applicant SelectionAcademic potential (as reflected in undergraduate study and prerequisites post BA/BS degree, minimum GPA > 3.0); professional potential as reflected in experience, references and career goals.The school requests information from applicants to supplement that supplied by the USC Application for Graduate Admission. Supplemental information includes a resume, statement of interest in nutrition and longevity and two letters of reference. Provide for your reference, they will receive a link from USC to upload letter and complete a short evaluation form.Applicants are required to document at least 40 hours of paid or volunteer work experience with a Registered Dietitian.The GRE is not required.Interviews may be required for highest ranking applicants.
17Graduation Requirements Completion of 46 units of coursework, includes 28 units of required courses, 12 units of supervised practice and 6 units of research.The program summative experience will be an electronic portfolio, including research completed throughout the program. Students will be required to present their work at a state or national dietetics conference or submit a peer-reviewed publication as a requirement of graduation.Students will attend at least one state or national dietetics conference and the CA Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Policy Day in Sacramento.
18Supervised Practice Sites University of Southern CA: USC Hospital, Norris Cancer Center, LAC+USC, Children’s Hospital, Campus Hospitality Services, Engemann Student Health Center, Collegiate SportsHead Start, Public SchoolsPrivate practice, long-term careLA County Public Health Obesity Programs
20On-Campus vs. Distance Students Must enroll in one track onlyDistance student must be at least 100 miles from USCOn-campus supervised practice scheduled by Director; Distance students must find mentors for supervised practice and provide evidence that all 1st year rotations are set-up (guidance provided by Director)
21On-Campus vs. Distance Students Classes scheduled (USC Course Listing) and recorded liveDistance students encouraged to participate live (synchronous) but may also participate asynchronousClasses with lab experiences must be completed locally (distance students) and in some cases video-recorded for full class reviewBlackboard used for multiple functions including blogs, discussion groups, sharing documents, posting presentations, tests, assignments, correspondence
22Faculty in the News - Nutrition LONGO - Two studies led by Dr. Valter Longo have been listed as the most-read articles in their respective Cell Press journals. The article in Cell Stem Cell highlighted how fasting cycles induced immune system regeneration, and the Cell Metabolism article examined high-protein diets and their effects on cancer and mortality rates.CURRAN - In February 2014, Dr. Sean Curran published a widely discussed article in Cell Metabolism that explored a novel cellular pathway, alh-6, in C. elegans. The study demonstrated the worm’s ability to age successfully on various diets when the pathway was active; however, when the pathway was inactive due to a mutation, the worms would age prematurely when fed a diet outside of a specific regimen.
23Faculty Nutrition Research- presented at FNCE 2014 Valter Longo, PhD Fasting & the Ketogenic Diet: The Next Therapies for Cancer Treatment and Prevention?Dr. Longo discussed the effects of fasting on normal and cancer cells and how fasting can sensitize cancer cells to chemotherapy. Results from several National Institutes of Health Clinical Trials presented.
24Partial List FacultyCary Kreutzer, EdD, MPH, RDN, Director, Asst. ProfessorValter Longo, PhD, Professor, Dir. Longevity InstituteTara Gruenewald, PhD, MPH, Asst. ProfessorKurt Hong, MD, PhD, Nutrition Programs Director, USC Hospital, Associate Professor, USC Keck School of MedicineSusan Helm, PhD, RD, Adjunct FacultyKeiy Murofushi, MS, RD, Adjunct Faculty
25Applications DueTentative - March 31, 2015 for Fall 2015 enrollment, notification by May 1, 2015WASC Accreditation for Distance Program pending, can not accept applications until approvalOn-campus applications now being acceptedAll applications will be reviewed togetherPlease send ALL transcripts to Jim DeVera, USC Davis School of Geronotology, 3715 McClintock Ave, Mailbox 0191, Los Angeles, CA
26Additional Information Webpage link:Contacts:Saemy Son, Admission Counselor(213)Sade Ojuola, Admission CounselorCary Kreutzer, EdD, MPH, RD, Program Director(213)We can put you in touch with current CP NHL Students, notify Dr. Kreutzer