Welcome to the Division of Health Professions and Science
The Division of Health Professions and Science includes the Dental Hygiene, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Physics programs.
The Division of Health Professions is home to science-based professional training programs in health care. Combining a strong foundation in biological science with practical real-life field experience, undergraduate programs are offered in dental hygiene and in nutrition and dietetics. The Division also offers a graduate degree in human nutrition.
The dental hygiene program at UNH is one of the few in the country to offer both a three-year associates program or a four-year bachelors program. The two programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and fully prepare students to practice as dental hygienists. Students receive faculty led tutorials in a variety of topics including anesthesia, pathology, radiology and pharmacology all in the state-of-the-art clinical and teaching facility equipped with the latest in modern dental technology. Internships around the state provide students with practical and professional experience in the dental field.
Nutrition and dietetic professionals are in great demand with many groups including consumers, athletes, institutions, private practice clients, chefs and food service managers. Nutrition and dietetics students receive a solid foundation in the science of food and nutrition while learning the importance of management and advanced practice. Dietetic students have the opportunity to work or volunteer outside the University at area hospitals, nursing home facilities and in schools in order to obtain diverse work experience. Graduates of the undergraduate or graduate nutrition and dietetics programs move on to become registered dieticians, food service managers, private practice dieticians and even university faculty.
A basic knowledge of physics is excellent preparation for diverse careers: university and government laboratory research, industrial research and development, applied science and engineering, biological and medical sciences, environmental research, and teaching at all levels from elementary school to university. The study of physics may also prepare students for careers in non-physics-related fields such as philosophy, business, and law. The University does not currently offer a bachelor's degree in physics, but it does offer a minor in physics suitable for majors in any of the University's schools and departments.