Bachelor of Science in Education in Dietetics

As a dietetics major in the food and nutrition program, you'll examine the science of food and the role of nutrients in the body to promote and maintain health. Our program will help you prepare for a career in dietetics through challenging coursework, hands-on experience and engagement opportunities with our UD and local community.

The University of Dayton dietetics program is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Education of Nutrition and Dietetics and provides the first step to become a registered dietitian (RD). 

Program Outcomes

Through the dietetics program, you will integrate the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences to gain a thorough understanding of food, food management and medical nutrition therapy.

As you complete your dietetics curriculum, you'll learn through rigorous science and math based coursework to build the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to become a registered dietitian and successfully complete your dietetic internship program. To gain familiarity with the profession and gain experience in the field, you'll also be required to join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a student member and complete a work experience related to dietetics.

During your second semester of your senior year, you'll be able to apply to a dietetic internship program and begin after graduation. Postbaccalaureate internships are typically eight to 11 months in length. After you successfully complete your program, you'll be able to take your examination to become a registered dietitian (RD) —  and be recognized as a food and nutrition expert.

As a RD, you'll work in public health and community settings to provide population-based or individual-based interventions for the prevention of disease in the community, corporate or school setting. You'll be able to administer medical nutrition therapy for the treatment of diseases and be able to be part of a multidisciplinary team in a variety of healthcare settings including hospital, private practice and rehabilitation. You'll also have the opportunity to work in research, sports nutrition, health care management, journalism, or the food and nutrition industry.

Acceptance into a postbaccalaureate internship program is very competitive and based on grade point average, recommendation letters, work experience, extracurricular activities, motivation and knowledge of the profession. A grade point average above 3.5 in both the major and support courses is recommended.

The didactic program in dietetics is currently granted initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, Suite 2000, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60606. Learn more about the accreditation at 800-877-1600 or eatright.org/ACEND/.

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