About Us

1. Curriculum

Students shall earn a total of 132 credits to be eligible for graduation, 18 of which are university-required core courses, 12 are liberal arts courses, 79 are department-required courses, and 23 are electives. Resources accessible to students in this department combine those from other medicine-related departments of ISU to strengthen the education of fundamental medicine. Under our curriculum structure, students receive an integrated training in fundamental science, applied science, and clinical training. In order to prepare students for being competent in workplace influenced by the globally emerging trend of nutrition medicine, a teaching scheme emphasizing  nutrition medicine education has been devised by our full-time faculty and the conjunction faculty from E-DA Hospital, including medical doctors and registered dietitians. The main goal of the structured curriculum is to combine theories with practical training to enhance the professional competitiveness of students.

 

2. Faculty

To effectively implement the structured curriculum, a comprehensive plan of forming a complete faculty team has been proposed and is carried out. Currently, the faculty consists of nine full-time faculty members with a Ph.D. degree, five full-time joint faculty members who are also medical doctors in E-DA Hospital, two part-time faculty members who are medical doctors, and four part-time faculty members who are registered dietitians. The full-time faculty members specialize in clinical nutrition, nutrition biochemistry, and healthy foods development.

 

3. Facilities

Facilities accessible to students in the department include a chemistry laboratory, a science laboratory, a microbiology and immune laboratory, an instrument analysis laboratory, a food chemistry laboratory, and a food preparation practice classroom. This department promises to offer a quality education and provide a desirable learning environment that satisfies the need for workplace in the society.

 

4. Development Priority

This department proposes to initiate the master’s program in three years and to launch the doctoral program in eight years. To fulfill the educational goals, some strategies have been implemented as follows:

(1) Combine the resources of medicine-related departments and biotechnology-related departments of ISU to strengthen the education of fundamental medicine. The fundamental theories and practice are emphasized equally. Students may also have the clinical practice courses at E-DA Hospital or other hospitals.

(2) Enhance the teaching scheme and facilities to offer a quality education.

(3Enhance the quantity and quality of the faculty’s research level: This department encourages and supports faculty to do researches. The teachers of this department always have governmental research projects and/or have collaborative research programs with domestic food and nutritional organizations and companies.

(4) Collaborate with medical doctors and with registered dietitians in teaching and research: This department currently has five full-time joint faculty members who are also medical doctors in E-DA Hospital, two part-time instructors who are medical doctors and four part-time faculty members who are registered dietitians. These teachers share part of teaching with our full-time faculty members as well as participate in academic research. This connection and collaboration enable our faculty to conduct research projects which are closely relevant to the clinical application.

 

5. Career Development   

Graduates from this department will predominantly work as a nutritionist responsible for supervising food preparation, nutrition counseling and research in hospitals, schools, research institutes of the government or business administration, biotechnology companies and weight management centers after they acquire the dietitian certificate issued by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Taiwan. Additionally, graduates can also work as a food hygiene specialist or food technician in nutrition and business administration or enter the domestic or foreign graduate schools of food and nutrition, food and technology, medicine-related subjects and biotechnology for graduate studies.

 

6. Degrees Offered

   Bachelor's Degree.