Noel D. Aldrich

Noel Aldrich
Assistant Professor
College of Graduate Health Sciences

Personal Information


Currently Teaching (2012-2013)

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and math education and teaching for more than 10 years in various settings, I experienced a health crisis. A doctor of chiropractic with significant nutrition training helped me see how dietary changes could impact my life. I realized nutrition had a much greater effect on human health than I had known previously.

I completed a PhD in nutrition at the University of Minnesota in 2013. The focus of my dissertation and research was on the relationship of dietary protein to weight in midlife adults.

I was appointed a USDA National Needs Fellow when I was accepted in the nutrition graduate program. In addition to research in nutrition, I studied complementary and alternative therapies at the Center for Spirituality & Healing where I received the A. Sime Scholarship. These studies helped expand my view of nutrition into a more holistic framework that is observed through a functional nutrition, Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic context.

I am excited to join with Northwestern Health Sciences University in providing a graduate program that provides clinicians with the current evidence in nutrition and organizes the evidence in the context of a holistic lifestyle. From my personal experience, I believe chiropractic training coupled with a strong nutrition practice can have a very powerful impact in the community.

I serve as the Standard Process chair of the Master of Health Science in Clinical Nutrition program. I am a member of the American Society of Nutrition (ASN) and Weston A. Price Foundation whose mission is to restore nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism.


  • Bachelor of Science - Northwestern College, 1991
  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Minnesota, 2013


Aldrich N, Perry C, Thomas W, Raatz S, Reicks M. Perceived importance of dietary protein to prevent weight gain: a national survey among midlife women. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2013;45:213-221.

Aldrich N, Reicks M, Sibley S, Redmon B, Thomas W, Raatz S. Varying protein source and quantity does not significantly improve weight loss, fat loss, or satiety in reduced energy diets among midlife adults. Nutrition Research Journal. 2011;31:104-112.

Aldrich N, Reicks M, Redmon B, Raatz S. Total weight and body composition changes in response to weight reduction diets of varied protein content in midlife women. Alternative Therapies. 2009;15:S94.



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