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Experiential Learning

Photo of students cooking in the lab kitchenThe nutrition program at SUNY Plattsburgh promotes learning in a variety of ways. Besides the traditional class room and discussion based teachings, we promote opportunities where you can integrate academic learning in a professional nutrition practice setting. We offer access to a modern food laboratory, as well as individualized field experiences in clinical nutrition, health promotion and public health programs, food service management, and food production settings.

Unique to Plattsburgh is our location, with many service learning options within walking distance of campus including schools, hospital, nursing homes, and county government programs such as health department and home delivered meals program.

We also offer an elective two credit clinical nutrition class at our local hospital, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, which is affiliated with the University of Vermont Health Network. It is taught by a clinical staff RD and will expose you to a variety of health care professionals, patient interactions and medical nutrition therapy delivery. Typically, there may also be relevant work opportunities in food production and fitness on campus.

With each student being unique, so is the experiential learning component. You may choose to volunteer or structure your internships for credit. Regardless, experiential learning activities help you improve their critical thinking skills and application of knowledge.

Sites in the past have included Health Department programs, Cornell Co-Operative Extension, Meals on Wheels, City/ Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department, local food shelves, local farms and brewery, nursing homes, health care clinics, school breakfast and lunch programs and more.

To learn more about experiential learning, please contact your academic advisor or the nutrition program chair.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like to find out more about the nutrition program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Jorunn Gran-Henriksen, Nutrition Program Director and Chair
Office: Hawkins Hall 102A
Phone: (518) 564-4247 or
Nutrition Office Phone: (518) 564-4355
Fax: (518) 564-3100
Email: granhej@plattsburgh.edu