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Nutrition: Food Science and Technology – CLOSED

Explore the Science of Food

Understanding the science and technology behind food products helps us to make healthy food choices. Not only does this translate to our everyday lives, but it can also pave the way to an interesting career path that combines science, nutrition, healthy safety and best of all, food. The field of food science and technology includes food microbiology and safety, food quality assurance, food engineering and technology, food chemistry, product and formulation development, food packaging, sensory evaluation, food marketing, and food regulations.

This course is composed of in-class lectures and hands-on laboratory experiments to help students turn their knowledge of the principles of food science into practices as a food scientist. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to make healthy food choices by understanding scientific principles behind food preparation and processing.

UConn PCS: Food Science

Sessions Offered

Session 1: July 10 - July 16

Format

On-Campus, In-Person

Related Courses

TBD

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Basic terminologies and concepts of food production
  • Modern technologies used in the food industry
  • Key practices to assure the quality, safety, and palatability of raw and cooked foods
  • General facts and relevant food regulations that consumers should be aware of
  • Career opportunities in the field of food and nutrition

UConn PCS: Food Science

UConn PCS: Food Science

UConn PCS: Food Science

Meet the Professor


 

Yangchao Luo, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Food Science in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. He studies food chemistry and engineering to ensure the safety and quality of products, as well as innovative food processing technologies to manufacture novel food products. Dr. Luo was recently recognized by Web of Science as one of the World's Most Highly Cited Researchers for 2019 in the field of Agricultural Sciences. He is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Agriculture and Food Research.

Check out this web page to learn more about Prof. Luo: http://luo.uconn.edu/

UConn PCS: Yangchao Luo

Sports Medicine – WAITLIST

Injuries and Illnesses in Sport and Exercise

This course will feature a curriculum of evidence-based prevention, recognition, and treatment of the Nation’s leading emergency issues in sports, military, and occupational settings. Each session includes interactive presentations disseminated by the experienced staff at the Korey Stringer Institute, as well as, hands on learning labs simulating the emergency treatment of life threatening ailments. Participants will learn imperative knowledge in the understanding of today’s leading causes of death in sport and physical activity, including essential firsthand skills in the prevention, recognition, and treatment of these emergent injuries and illnesses.

This course will provide an overview of medical aspects surrounding sport and physical activity. Students will gain an understanding of the cause, ways to prevent, and first aid care of various illnesses and injuries associated with sport and physical activity.

UConn PCS: Sports Medicine

Sessions Offered

Session 3: July 24 – July 30

Format

On-Campus, In-Person

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

A broad range of emergent topics will be covered during the sessions, listed below. Students will gain a basic understanding of background information of the ailment, as well as, hands on learning of skills for treatment.

  • Cardiovascular events
  • Exertional heat illnesses
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • and other significant contributors to sudden death

UConn PCS: Sports Medicine

UConn PCS: Sports Medicine

UConn PCS: Sports Medicine

Learn more about the Korey Stringer Institute


 

The UConn Pre-College Summer Sports Medicine course will be taught by professionals from the Korey Stringer Institute. In August 2001, Korey Stringer, a Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman, passed away from exertional heat stroke. During Korey’s five-year tenure in the NFL he earned pro-bowl honors. Since the time of Korey’s death, his wife, Kelci, worked tirelessly to develop an exertional heat stroke prevention institute to honor her husband’s legacy. To that end, she joined forces with exertional heat stroke expert Douglas Casa, Ph.D, ATC at the University of Connecticut to make this dream a reality and the institute came to fruition in April 2010.

The Korey Stringer Institute is housed at the University of Connecticut. The Department of Kinesiology faculty are renowned for their research and expertise in the areas of heat and hydration, injury prevention, and strength and conditioning.

To learn more about the Korey Stringer Institute staff please see their bios HERE.

Pre-Med: Human Anatomy & Physiology – WAITLIST

Learn through Direct Examination, Simulation, and Dissection

Our Human Anatomy and Physiology course is the perfect starting point for students interested in entering medical or related health-care fields. In this in-depth look at systemic human biology, you will explore how the cardiovascular, pulmonary, musculoskeletal and nervous systems all work together to help you function. In UConn’s new, state of the art Human Anatomy Learning Lab, you will learn how the body is assembled and how the major organs relate to body function. This hands-on experience will provide an inside-out look at human anatomy and physiology and is an opportunity that most students who are interested in the medical field are not afforded until graduate school.

Sessions Offered

Session 1: July 10 - July 16

Format

On-Campus, In-Person

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • the way people are put together and how the systems of the body work together using three hands-on approaches:
    1) direct physical examination
    2) simulation with interactive practice dummies
    3) human cadaver dissection

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Meet the Professors


 

Jeffrey M. Kinsella-Shaw, Ph.D., P.T. is an Associate Professor and Director of the DPT Program in the Department of Kinesiology. His areas of expertise include adult development, balance and falls, cognitive psychology, geriatric physical therapy, motor control, motor Learning, and neurological physical therapy.

Professor Kinsella-Shaw

Maryclaire Sullivan Capetta, PT, DPT, is a Physical Therapist and Clinical Instructor at the Nayden Rehabilitation Clinic. She joined the Nayden Clinic in 2007. She received a B.S. in Allied Health in 2003, a M.S. in Physical Therapy in 2004 from the University of Connecticut and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, FL in 2013. Her clinical and educational interests include orthopedic manual physical therapy, lymphedema management, wound care, and neuromuscular physical therapy. She is the Faculty Advisor to the Student American Physical Therapy Association, the physical therapy student professional organization at the University. She has served on the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association Board of Directors since 2007 in multiple capacities. She currently serves as the Connecticut Chief Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates.

Professor Maryclaire Capetta

Pre-Med: Musculoskeletal Injury and Pathology – WAITLIST

Understanding the Human Body and Injury

CLOSED

Are you interested in orthopedics, sports medicine, and related health-care fields? If you have ever wondered what REALLY happens when someone “sprains an ankle” or “tears an ACL”, this course is for you. Designed to provide an in-depth understanding of injury and the human body, this Pre-Med: Musculoskeletal Injury Pre-Summer course gives students the opportunity to explore their interests and see the inner workings of the human body.
In this course, we will examine anatomical changes that take place when someone experiences a musculoskeletal injury, especially those that occur in athletes and individuals who lead active lifestyles. We will replicate the structural changes of real-life injuries in UConn’s new, state of the art Human Anatomy Learning Lab through human cadaver dissection. This hands-on experience will provide an inside-out look at musculoskeletal injuries and is an opportunity that most students who are interested in the medical field are not afforded until graduate school.

Sessions Offered

Session 2: July 17 – July 23

Format

On-Campus, In-Person

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Use various technologies in lab activities (i.e. motion capture, neuromuscular assessment, and diagnostic ultrasound)
  • An understanding of evaluation of some of the most common musculoskeletal injuries, to further explore the consequences of these injuries

Students in Pre-Med class

Meet the Professors


 

Jeffrey M. Kinsella-Shaw, Ph.D., P.T. is an Associate Professor and Director of the DPT Program in the Department of Kinesiology. His areas of expertise include adult development, balance and falls, cognitive psychology, geriatric physical therapy, motor control, motor Learning, and neurological physical therapy.

Professor Kinsella-Shaw

Laurie Lee Devaney PT, ATC, PhD is an experienced educator with over 27 years of clinical experience in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. She has expertise in managing a range of musculoskeletal conditions and regularly presents at the state and national level on a variety of topics including manual therapy, clinical measurement, and management of patients with neck and shoulder conditions. In addition to her responsibilities in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Laurie enjoys working with student athletes in her role as Consultant to UConn Athletics and is actively involved in promoting student wellness as part of Innovate Student Wellness at UConn.

Laurie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC in 1989 and has been an NATA Certified Athletic Trainer since 1993. She earned an Advanced Master of Science in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences in 2000 and completed a PhD in Exercise Science at UConn in 2018. She is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapists. Laurie and her husband, Mark, live in Tolland and have three children.

Professor Devaney

Public Health – WAITLIST

Assuring the health and well-being of everyone

This course will introduce students to the art and science of public health practice, where the focus is on preserving health and preventing disease within our communities. Students interested in medicine and other health-related careers are especially encouraged to enroll and learn through presentations, group discussions and practical exercises how to identify public health problems and promote community-oriented solutions. Current and historical problems ranging from COVID-19 to environmental health, chronic disease control, health care access, food safety, interpersonal violence and other related topics will be examined. The interdisciplinary nature of our field will introduce you to experts in the fields medicine, law, economics and education.

At the end of this course students will understand the complexity of issues and variety of disciplines contributing to public health practice. Students will also gain skills necessary to pursue a career in public health and other health-related professions.

Public Health

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: UConn's Program in Applied Public Health Sciences will provide eligible students with a scholarship enabling them to participate in the Public Health course at no cost. Please visit the Scholarships & External Funding page for details on eligibility and more.

Sessions Offered

Session 4: July 31 - August 6

Format

On Campus, In Person

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Understand public health’s role in societal development
  • Identify current issues and recognize social determinations of health and illness
  • Operationalize the public health approach using the case-study method
  • Discuss approaches for effective health communication
  • Engage with public health experts in panel discussions

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Students in class

Meet the Professor


 

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Dr. Amy A. Hunter is an injury epidemiologist and assistant professor of public health sciences and pediatrics at UConn Health. She serves as the principal investigator of the Connecticut Injury Surveillance System at Connecticut Children’s, and is responsible for the management, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of large data (emergency department discharges, hospitalizations, and deaths). Dr. Hunter also holds the position of Visiting Professor at Trinity College where she co-teaches the Health Fellows program. Dr. Hunter’s primary research is focused on mitigating incident and recurrent child maltreatment. She is the immediate past chair of the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services section of the American Public Health Association, and was recently awarded an R03 to investigate factors attributed to racial disparities among pediatric firearm decedents.

Human Nutrition and Health – CLOSED

How does Dietary Behaviors Impact Human Body Function and Health?

The field of nutritional science explores the interactions between living organisms and food. Exploring nutritional science concepts is applicable to everyday life and a variety of professions that includes medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, physician assistant, dietetics, education, policy, and the food, retail, and restaurant industry. Taking this course will give you an advantage about how what we eat or drink impacts the functioning of the human body and a person's health.

This course will introduce you to the field of nutritional science and health. Students will have interactive in-class lectures with videos. In addition, students will use critical thinking skills to complete case studies and hands-on activities individually and small groups to further their understanding about dietary behaviors, nutrients in foods and the human body, and linking nutrient intake to overall health. In addition, students will learn about educational pathways and experiences leading to careers in healthcare, nutrition, and the food industry.

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Sessions Offered

 Session 2: July 17 – July 23

Format

On Campus, In Person

Related Courses

Public Health

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Identify factors that affect food and beverage selection
  • Identify specific nutrients in specific foods and beverages
  • Discuss how food is processed in the body
  • Explore the connection between dietary behaviors and health outcomes
  • Identify strategies and steps to pursue a career related to healthcare, nutrition, and the food industry

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Meet the Professor


 

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Molika Chea is a Lecturer in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut. She has completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut majoring in Biological Sciences and Nutritional Sciences.

With an interest for understanding the nutrient function in foods and dietary behaviors, she continued her graduate studies in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut. She has conducted research with populations in Connecticut about meeting the recommendations for plant-based food groups and the ability to identify whole grain foods.

Dr. Chea currently teaches NUSC 1165: Fundamentals of Nutrition and NUSC 1167: Food, Culture, and Society during the academic year.