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We are glad you are considering HNFE as your home at Virginia Tech! 

HNFE is one of the larger majors on the Virginia Tech campus, enrolling approximately 1,000 students.  Students in HNFE often pursue continuing education after they graduate, with career plans of physical therapy, dietetics, medicine, dentistry, hospital administration, physician assistant, and more.  Many of our students also gain valuable experience working with campus and community partners in the New River Valley. 

What is a degree in HNFE?

Students develop a strong foundation in science and apply principles into areas of human anatomy, physiology, nutrition, health behavior, and exercise science. Problem-solving, critical thinking,and analytical skills are developed throughout the curriculum in courses such as evidence-based Practice in Health Science, Methods of Human Health Assessment, and Health Counseling. Students attend lecture and laboratory courses but also have opportunities for hands-on experiences with campus and community organizations.

Why study here?

The Dietetics degree option is an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics.  Completion of this program enables students to apply to dietetics supervised practice programs to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

Students in the SFNE option are competitive applicants to graduate and continuing education programs as well as employment. Over 65 percent of HNFE students attend continuing education in physical therapy, medicine, physician, nursing, athletic training, occupational therapy, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, and other health professions. In fact, Virginia Tech is in the top 25 primary institutions attended by Accepted PTCAS (Physical Therapy Central Application System) Applicants!