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Prospective students

Personal and Professional Development

  

Personal and Professional Development

During the course of the program, our goal is for you to develop professional and personal skills in the following areas:


ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND HONOR CODE
• Starting at Orientation, students learn about the Honor Code
• A session on ethics in research and academic settings is a part of the Special Studies course

FORMAL PRESENTATIONS/PUBLIC SPEAKING
• Students give a formal, ten-minute peer-assessed presentation of their thesis project, which is videotaped and available for the speaker to review
• Students are required to present projects and papers in most courses throughout the program
• Students present their work to colleagues in most thesis settings

WRITING DEVELOPMENT
• Papers assigned in several courses are reviewed and edited by the faculty, and discussed with the writer
• Each student edits the “Literature Review and Introduction to the Thesis” of three classmates, and is edited by three of them, developing skills of giving and receiving criticism
• Students are encouraged to use the CU Writing Center while writing their thesis
• Many students contribute to published abstracts or peer-reviewed manuscripts based on their thesis work

SPEAKING EXTEMPORANEOUSLY
• Required and emphasized in all classes. Class participation counts towards the course grade
• A critical component of the Readings and Growth and Development courses

LEADERSHIP
• Students develop leadership through participation in an array of student representative roles in MS courses, Columbia University committees, and in the surrounding community
• Many participate in IHN Open Houses held for prospective students
• Students act as ambassadors to their own colleges, visiting college advisers to discuss their IHN training

TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS
• Students establish a calendar for all classes and assignments to allow timely completion of all tasks
• Students are required to maintain an hours log of the thesis work
• Attendance at all classes and special lectures is mandatory

CAREER DEVELOPMENT
• The faculty provides ongoing advice on career options
• MS graduates talk to current students about their work and career paths twice yearly at Career Nights
• Writing workshops are offered each year to assist with composing a resumé or personal statement

INTERVIEWING
• Practice opportunities are available for students prior to interviews for their thesis setting
• Mock interviews are arranged for students preparing for graduate school or job interviews

COMMUNITY SERVICE
• The faculty and administration support students who engage in numerous community service activities in Washington Heights and throughout New York City.

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Contact Us

630 West 168th Street, PH1512
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY 10032
212 305-4808
nutrition@cumc.columbia.edu

 

    

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