Date of Graduation

5-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

General Human Environmental Sciences

Advisor

Moore, Cynthia K.

Reader

Carpenter, Shannon

Second Reader

Allison, Neil T.

Abstract

Nutrition knowledge has been shown to be increasingly critical in physician practice. Therefore, education has also become very critical. Medical schools have been working over the last few decades to include nutrition education in their curriculum, but due to many barriers, it is difficult to measure up to requirements. It is the purpose of this descriptive study to determine the nutrition knowledge of pre-medical students at the University of Arkansas and see if suggesting a nutrition class for these students would be beneficial. The average score was 11.2 ± 3.04 out of a possible 23. Because the literature provides reason for improving medical nutrition education and it has been shown to be difficult to include that education in medical school, it may be beneficial to improve undergraduate pre-medical nutrition education.

Keywords

Nutrition, Health education

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