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Dara Ford Professorial Lecturer Department of Health Studies

Degrees
PhD, Nutritional Sciences, Pennsylvania State University
RDN, Pennsylvania State University
BS, Nutritional Sciences, Pennsylvania State University

Bio
Dara Ford is the Program Co-Director, Masters of Science in Nutrition Education, and a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Health Studies. Dara became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist following the completion of her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences, and then sought to complete her doctoral work.While earning her PhD at Penn State University, Dara explored the relationships between health-related quality of life and mortality outcomes in an elderly population. She also contributed to the development of a tool used to evaluate diet quality in this population. This research fueled her desire to work with future educators, to improve quality of life through nutrition education, with an emphasis on scientific rigor. Dara has a decade of teaching experience in both in-person and online settings, at the undergraduate and graduate level, and enjoys working with students in the classroom and beyond.
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Teaching

Summer 2022

  • HLTH-570 Strategies for Weight Control

  • HLTH-645 Nutrition for Health

Fall 2022

  • HLTH-610 Life Cycle Nutrition

  • HLTH-625 Nutrit Epidemiology & Res Meth

  • HLTH-645 Nutrition for Health

Spring 2023

  • HLTH-570 Strategies for Weight Control

  • HLTH-610 Life Cycle Nutrition

  • HLTH-640 Nutrition Program Design

  • HLTH-645 Nutrition for Health