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Elizabeth Ruder

Associate Professor

Nutrition Program
Institute of Health Sciences and Technology
Program Director

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Elizabeth Ruder

Associate Professor

Nutrition Program
Institute of Health Sciences and Technology
Program Director

Education

BS, Cornell University; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University; MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Bio

Dr. Ruder is an Assistant Professor in the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Ruder was trained in the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program and has rich experience in both cancer prevention and training of health professionals, including as Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Pittsburgh (2012-2015) and as an adjunct faculty member Master's Degree Program in Cancer Biology, Prevention and Control offered by the University of District of Columbia/Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Dr. Ruder's work in cancer prevention has been published in journals including Cancer Causes and Control, Carcinogenesis, and The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Journal Paper
Ruder, Elizabeth H, et al. "Parent Food and Eating Behavior Assessments Predict Targeted Healthy Eating Index Components." Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 51. 6 (2019): 711-718. Print.
Ruder, Elizabeth H and Kaitlin Stack Whitney. "Inclusion of Individuals with Disabilities in Academy Diversity Initiatives." Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 119. 10 (2019): 1619-1620. Print.
Invited Article/Publication
Vescovi, Montana and Elizabeth H Ruder. "Keys to Running Successful Research Projects: All the Things They Never Teach You." Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. (2019). Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Ruder, Elizabeth H. "Research for All! Engaging all dietetics undergraduates in original research." Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors Eastern Meeting, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Annapolis, MD. 5 Apr. 2019. Lecture.

Currently Teaching

WSHN-797
3 Credits
Application of writing and research skills and principles in an independent investigation of a focused problem under direction of a project adviser. Preparation of a Project Report following specified guidelines and standards, and oral presentation of the key report components.
NUTR-497
1 Credits
Provides the student applying to Dietetic Internships a process to make the task manageable. Students are provided timelines and assignments to step them through the application process which includes a personal statement/letter of application, resume, letters of reference, portfolio, site visits and interviews. The Internship application process is accomplished through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS), and an independent centralized computer matching organization, D&D Digital (DND).
WSHN-790
1 - 6 Credits
Application of writing and research skills and principles in an independent investigation of a focused problem under direction of thesis adviser. Components include review of literature, definition of research aims, data collection and analysis, interpretation and discussion of findings, preparation of written paper following specified guidelines and standards, and oral defense of thesis. Enrollment for 6 credits in one semester or as necessary over multiple semesters for a total of 6 credits.
NUTR-333
3 Credits
This course prepares Dietetics and Nutrition students to counsel and train clients and to give effective and persuasive presentations. Topics include communications methods, learner/audience analysis, basic learning theory, developing counseling and training materials, as well as designing, making, and evaluating individual and group presentations. As part of the course each student is required to design and give a presentation and to design a self-training module/lesson.
NUTR-215
3 Credits
This is an introductory course in contemporary nutrition issues. This course covers the study of specific nutrients and their functions, the development of dietary standards and guides and how these standards are applied throughout the lifecycle. Students learn to analyze their own diets and develop strategies to make any necessary dietary changes for a lifetime of good health. Current health and nutrition problems and nutrition misinformation will be discussed.
WSHN-791
0 Credits
This course provides students additional semester to complete their thesis research, document and defense.
WSHN-710
3 Credits
This course will explore health risk assessment and management, including determinants of population health; using epidemiological, clinical, and toxicological methods for identifying health hazards. Population health surveillance combined with methods of population health risk assessment will be considered regarding regulatory, economic, and technological approaches to population health risk management. Application of principles will be practiced through the examination of case studies.
PUBL-790
1 - 6 Credits
The master's thesis in science, technology, and public policy requires the student to select a thesis topic, advisor and committee; prepare a written thesis proposal for approval by the faculty; present and defend the thesis before a thesis committee; and submit a bound copy of the thesis to the library and to the program chair.

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