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In October of 2019, the Department of Nutrition was awarded a $2 million Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (POHA) grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Dietitians and nutrition professionals around the country serve a very diverse population. However, approximately 91% of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are white females. The POHA-Denver grant housed within the Department of Nutrition focuses on encouraging students from diverse backgrounds and those with interest in serving diverse populations, to pursue post-baccalaureate study here at MSU Denver.
The POHA-Denver program here at MSU Denver aims to diversify the field of nutrition and dietetics through many avenues including:
The grant also aims to promote cultural intelligence among faculty, students, staff and practitioners in the field.