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2020 Summer Semester COVID19 Updates

KUMC has aligned with Wyandotte County and the State of Kansas for reopening guidelines.

Many supervised practice sites have reopened for Dietetic Interns. Communication with students, faculty, and staff is frequent (daily to weekly as necessary) for the latest updates. When assigned to rotations within the greater Kansas City area, students must adhere to all guidelines from specific counties, such as Wyandotte, Johnson, and Jackson. If assigned to a location outside of the immediate area, students must adhere to the policies within the state and county where they are located. In addition, each individual facility will have specific guidelines for PPE and other safety considerations.

All 2020 summer semester courses will be offered online as originally planned. Dietetic Internship supervised practice rotations will be completed in person at rotation sites reopened to Dietetic Interns or virtually at sites that are still working remotely. If students cannot attend their rotation due to pandemic related safety issues, a leave of absence from the program will be considered on an individual basis. Do email us at dsulliva@kumc.edu if you have any questions.


Our admission policies are unchanged (letter grades are required for prerequisite courses). For candidates already admitted for Fall 2020, those who still have classes to complete and opt for credit/no-credit, we will still accept those courses as meeting the prerequisite (provided they pass). In future application cycles, should someone apply with credit/no-credit grades for any prerequisite courses taken during the spring 2020 semester, we will evaluate those applicants for GPA based on prerequisite courses receiving a letter grade.


In coordination with leadership of the University of Kansas Medical Center, the KU School of Health Professions continues to monitor the trend of COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus.

The school has implemented actions intended to reduce the risk of disease transmission in the interest of protecting the health of visitors, patients, students, and employees.

Please refer to the general information regarding the School of Health Professions that is accessible via KU School of Health Professions website.


The Department of Dietetics and Nutrition prepared a department-specific plan and provided that to the Office of the Dean for review. Upon approval, these plans were communicated to faculty, staff, and students.

All on-campus classes will be provided online for the rest of the semester. Students in the dietetic internship program will continue practicum rotations when possible. Alternate experiences are being prepared for those who cannot go to rotations.

Do email us at dsulliva@kumc.edu if you have any questions.

The department's main office remains open at this time. However, most faculty and staff are working remotely from home as recommended during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

  • For questions concerning student applications, vendors, office management, or general inquiries: contact Bonny Murrell.
  • For questions related to the dietetic internship program: contact Jeannine Goetz.
  • For questions about the master's degree program: contact Heather Gibbs
  • For questions about the medical nutrition science doctoral program: contact Susan Carlson.
  • For questions about the clinical nutrition doctoral program: contact Debra Sullivan.

All departmental plans are in addition to information provided by the executive vice chancellor including those distributed via several university broadcast email messages.

The health and safety of KU students and employees is the top priority for the School of Health Professions.

Please send any questions or concerns to the school at healthprofessions@kumc.edu.

Last modified: May 30, 2020
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