Nutrition & Health Science

The Department of Nutrition and Health Science is committed to delivering an exceptional educational experience to our students and advancing our respective disciplines through research and scholarship. We engage in service to the university, the profession, and the community. We value health and wellbeing throughout the lifespan, interprofessional education, and scholarship, community engagement for the advancement of evidence-based and best health practices, lifelong learning, and the unique qualities associated with a diverse population.



We depend on the generous support of community partners, alumni, and friends which allows us to offer diverse, real-world opportunities to our students. The department needs the most assistance with donations to our general fund (6901), for the welfare, support, and advancement of nutrition and health science programs. Further, these donations support the department faculty members to create unique learning experiences on local, regional, national and international levels.



An Immersive opportunity was created by Dr. Deanna Pucciarelli who partnered with Ball State Alumna Betsy Opyt of Betsy’s Best, where students developed recipes for patients with specific disease states using Betsy’s Best nut and seed butter products. Additionally, the Department through generous donations would like to support students to engage in Global Field studies related to Nutrition and Health Science. Last summer 20 students went on a five-week integrated overseas trip where they learned by exploring industries of healthcare, agriculture, food, and related local, regional, and global systems. Students traveled throughout countries of Singapore, Thailand, Australia, and Malaysia. This field-study provided an educational format unlike any other and allowed students to compare and contrast varied healthcare practices, making them more marketable and valuable population groups in the United States. Some of the experiences included attending workshops, panel discussions, job shadowing professionals, and attending conferences which surpass any in house education students might attain if they were in a traditional classroom setting.



Continued funding for the Department of Nutrition and Health Science funds, creates essential leadership opportunities within the department’s student organizations, the Ball State Dietetics Association, and Eta Sigma Gamma. These organizations offer multiple ways for our students to gain leadership experiences by partaking in conferences and enriching their professional development which makes a difference when seeking full-time employment after graduation.

Early Bird Challenge
Congratulations to Associate Professor, Elizabeth Agnew, for winning $2,000 to donate to Religious Studies!
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1,918th Gift
The 1,918th gift will unlock $20,000 for student scholarships!
1,918 / 1,918 Gifts
Ball State Unit or Org with the Most Gifts
The Ball State unit/org with the most gifts on April 9 will receive an additional $6,000 for their department/org 2nd place = $3,000 3rd place = $1,500
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $6,000 Theatre & Dance 747
2 $3,000 Athletics 623
3 $1,500 Ball State's Greatest Needs 168
4 Greek Life 119
5 Student Scholarships 88
Academic Dept Participation Leaderboard
Which academic department will have most gifts on One Ball State Day? Make a gift to your department to help keep them at the top of the leaderboard!
Rank Departments Gifts
1 Theatre & Dance 747
2 Center for Information & Communication Sciences 88
3 Communication Studies 68
4 Telecommunications 62
5 Journalism 60
Amount Raised Leaderboard
Which area will raise the most on One Ball State Day? Make a gift to your favorite area of the University to help keep them flying high at the top of the leaderboard!
Rank Campus unit/fund Raised
1 Athletics $66,023.77
2 Theatre & Dance $19,328.27
3 Ball State's Greatest Needs $16,322.32
4 Charles W. Brown Planetarium/Physics & Astronomy $11,680.00
5 Teachers College $10,963.32
1,000 Gifts
1,000 gifts will unlock a gift of $1,000 from ’06 grad, Scott Wenclewicz.
1,000 / 1,000 Gifts
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