The CU Board of Regents approved the creation of a new academic department to fully support the scholarly component of the William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center. The new Human Physiology and Nutrition Department was approved by the regents during regular session June 13 in Boulder.
“The new department will synergize high-quality teaching, research, and clinical practice to maximize efficient use of classrooms, labs, and equipment in the Hybl Center,” said Andy Subudhi, director and professor of human physiology and nutrition.
The new department will work within the Helen and Arthur Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences. It will administer one undergraduate and three graduate degrees with 10 tenure-track faculty, nine non-tenure-track faculty and one staff member. The department will start with 273 enrolled students and is ahead of projections for an eventual 1,000 students. It is expected to submit proposals for new bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.
The program was established in fall 2018 to bring together anatomy, physiology, exercise science and biomedical science components in the Department of Biology in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and the strength and conditioning, and nutrition components in the Department of Health Sciences in the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The new department will consolidate locations across campus in the William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center in 2020.
The department will continue to administer the Peak Nutrition Clinic in the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences. The clinic helps individuals through a combination of personal and medical nutrition counseling, employee wellness-oriented workshops, and services for individual and team athletes.
“The faculty have excelled in developing this interdisciplinary collaboration, and I’m looking forward to the efficiencies that will result with the creation of this new department,” said Provost Tom Christensen. “The degrees within the program have been in high demand and it’s reached the natural point to create this formal structure that maximizes our faculty and student experiences.”