For students pursuing the MS in Nutrition Program
In 2011, the University of Bridgeport Nutrition Institute initiated the The Dr. Jeffrey Bland Scholarship in Human Nutrition,which is designed to allow prospective students an opportunity for merit scholarship funds to support their nutrition education.
“Bridgeport University is recognized as a leadership organization in providing clinical nutrition education. Over the past thirty years that I have been involved as a nutrition educator/researcher I have developed the highest professional respect for the graduates from the clinical nutrition program at Bridgeport University. I am very proud to have a scholarship provided by Bridgeport University to the next generation of clinical nutrition leaders in my name.”
Dr. Jeffrey Bland
The University of Bridgeport Human Nutrition Institute Establishes the Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D. Merit Scholarship in Clinical Nutrition
Award Honors Bland’s Achievements in Science, Education, and Research in Nutrigenomics – the Science of How Food Impacts Gene Expression
San Clemente, Calif. (October 3, 2011) – The University of Bridgeport Human Nutrition Institute today announced that an annual academic merit scholarship in clinical nutrition has been established in honor of Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., FACN, CNS, chief science officer for Metagenics, Inc., a nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company dedicated to reducing chronic illness and improving health. “The Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D. Merit Scholarship in Clinical Nutrition” honors Dr. Bland’s work in and dedication to the science and clinical application of nutrition and the education of healthcare practitioners.
“Dr. Jeffrey Bland is a pioneering forward thinker in clinical nutrition and science whose work has changed the way medicine is practiced, today and in the future,” said David M. Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN, director of the University of Bridgeport Human Nutrition Institute. “He has influenced a new generation of physicians, nutritionists and other healthcare providers to literally think a different way about how and why they practice their craft and to incorporate the science of nutrigenomics — the relationship of food and gene expression — in their work. We at the University of Bridgeport Human Nutrition Institute can think of no greater way to honor Dr. Bland than to name a scholarship after him that furthers the education of a deserving future nutritionist.”
“I am honored and very gratified that this scholarship will help students understand the field of nutrition and its value in health and medicine,” said Dr. Bland. “Today, most physicians and other health care practitioners are not trained to counsel their patients on nutrition and lifestyle change and are more accustomed to prescribing drugs for people with lifestyle-related conditions. This scholarship offers students the ability to change all this. These future practitioners will be equipped to prescribe food as medicine and address the root causes of chronic disease, instead of merely treat the symptoms of these conditions.”
The scholarship will award one prospective student pursuing the on-campus Master of Science degree in human nutrition $5,000 to $6,000 a year for the duration of his or her program. The first scholarship will be awarded for the fall 2011 semester.
The human nutrition program at the University of Bridgeport Human Nutrition Institute provides a biochemical and physiological study of nutrition and its role in health and disease.