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Faculty and Advising


Ms. Carla Ferrell
Clinical Assistant Professor
Office Number: 115 Cameron
Phone: 713-682-1538
Fax: 713-743-9860

Dr. Kevin Haubrick
Didactic Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor
Office Number: 233 Cameron
Phone: 713-743-1698
Fax: 713-743-9860
Email: khaubric@Central.UH.EDU

Dr. Tracey Ledoux
Associate Professor
Office Number: 104 K GAR
Phone: 713-743-1870
Fax: 713-743-9860

Ms. Ann Svendsen-Sanchez
Clinical Assistant Professor
Office Number: 117 Cameron
Phone: 713-743-9587
Fax: 713-743-9860
Email: acsvends@Central.UH.EDU

Ms. Claudia Scott
Dietetic Internship Director and Clinical Associate Professor
Office Number: 207 Cameron
Phone: 713-743-4025
Fax: 713-743-9860

Ms. Kirstin Vollrath
Professor of Practice
Office Number: 213 Cameron
Phone: 713-743-9840
Fax: 713-743-9860

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Elfego Galvan, Adjunct Lecturer

Ms. Caryn Honig, Adjunct Lecturer

Mr. Joe Russo, Adjunct Lecturer


Academic advising is every student’s best source of information about academic programs, procedures and sequence of taking courses at the University of Houston. Academic advising services are a vital aspect of the university's active commitment to student's academic success. Thus, the university expects all students to participate in the academic advising process throughout their careers at the University of Houston.

Requirements for Declaring a Major: The minimum GPA required to declare a major in Human Nutrition and Foods is 2.30. Students wishing to gain admittance to the ACEND Accredited Track or the Nutritional Sciences Track must also be Junior standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.00.

For a list of academic advisors, please visit the HHP Undergraduate Advising Center.

Helpful Hints for Selecting Courses

Some information to help you plan your courses and to help prepare you for dietetic internships.

  1. Plan your courses carefully with the help of the nutrition advisor - don't wait until the week before school starts to plan your semester schedule. Do you have a copy of your degree plan? If you don't, get one on file now. If you have a copy of your degree plan, get it out once a semester and review it. Plan your future semesters now.

  2. Try to complete the chemistry and anatomy & physiology courses by the end of your sophomore year. You will achieve higher grades in nutrition courses, if you complete the sciences courses first. Your last year at UH should be spent completing the major nutrition courses and obtaining experiences in various areas of dietetics (a vital component for getting into a dietetic internship).

  3. Courses like Commercial Food production II and Medical Nutritional Therapy have specific prerequisites. Make sure you have completed those prerequisites before enrolling in that course. The prerequisites are there for a purpose and if you have not completed them you will most likely not perform well in the course or the instructor may drop you from the course.

  4. When planning your semester load, think about your current GPA. Most dietetic internships and professional programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0. If you are nearing your junior year, you want to make sure you can obtain this GPA. If this means taking fewer courses, then do it. Too many students take 18 and 20 hours their last two or three semesters trying to finish their degree. This typically results in poor performance for those last semesters and makes obtaining entry into a professional program very difficult. If you have less than an overall 3.0 GPA, seriously consider taking 12 hours maximum.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Students incur charges for a variety of services provided by the university. It is the expectation, as well as a condition of enrollment at the University of Houston, that students satisfy their financial responsibilities in a timely fashion. A student who fails to make full payment of tuition and fees, including any incidental fees, by the due date may be prohibited from registering for classes until full payment is made. A student who fails to make payment prior to the end of the semester may be denied credit for the work done that semester.

Financial Aid: Information concerning tuition, fees and financial aid is published in the University of Houston Undergraduate Catalog and in the University of Houston Class Schedule booklets published each semester. For information regarding student loans or grants should contact:

Student Financial Services
6 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building
713-743-1010, ext. 6

Scholarships are available for those in the Didactic Program in Dietetics through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Applications for these scholarships are typically due in September or October. Please contact the Didactic Program Director, Dr. Kevin Haubrick for additional information or for applications. As other scholarships or financial opportunities become available, they are announced through the Student Nutrition Association.