DrPH , Nutrition 2014
In 2007, Edward Bitok was working as a Teaching Assistant in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton. Edward met visiting Professor Dr. Bert Connell from Loma Linda University, and his interest in the LLU Nutrition and Dietetics program was immediately sparked. Loma Linda University has become Edward’s new home, and after completing his MS, RD with the School of Allied Health Professions, Edward was happy to begin the School of Public Health DrPH program in 2010. “The Nutrition Department at Loma Linda University’s School of Public Health is recognized as a leader in vegetarian nutrition research. The professors are actively involved in research and publication providing mentorship, scholarships and work opportunities to students”.
Edward has taken advantage of these research opportunities, and has become an asset to the Department of Nutrition. He is currently working on both the Teen FAD Study and the Walnuts and Healthy Aging Study. Edward has not only valued the work, but he has found meaning in being a part of Loma Linda University’s mission. “So far my experience here at LLU has been both rewarding and fulfilling. Through various activities and amenities that help develop the mind, body, and soul, the institution lives up to its mission of ‘making man whole.’ I enjoy the diversity in student population, a dynamic dedicated faculty who are not only knowledgeable and experienced, but also friendly and humble.” Edward has especially appreciated the personal connections he has made with the LLU faculty. “Not so often do you find faculty inviting students to share a meal in their homes, but this happens here at LLU. Surely feels like family!”
Edward recognizes the LLU Department of Nutrition as a leader in academics. “If you are considering graduate studies at LLU, don’t think twice. This is your chance to become part of the graduate family here at LLU Nutrition Department. Not only will you have an opportunity to meet your academic goals but also an opportunity to develop and expand your research skills by getting involved in research activities in the department. You will be challenged to develop leadership and people skills that are so much needed to succeed as nutrition professional. As an added advantage, you can also become a Registered Dietitian after completing didactic program requirements.”
Edward looks forward to graduating in 2014. “My future goal is to go into teaching and research. But before then, upon obtaining my degree, I wish to continue developing my research skills in a mentorship position with my professors. I hope to do post-doctoral work in vegetarian nutrition with a concentration on nutrition and health properties of nuts. “