Dietitians provide nutrition education and prescribed diets in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and health clubs, as college educators, food brokers, equipment specialists, management specialists, and in nutrition-related professions. In addition, a large number of dietitians work in community and public health settings and academia and research.
The healthcare industry is expanding all the time and a growing number of registered dietitians work in the food and nutrition industry, in business, journalism, sports nutrition, corporate wellness programs and other non-traditional work settings.
Nutrition is the study of food as it relates to the growth and maintenance of the body in wellness and disease states. It includes the science of food and experimental research of product development. Students study principles of institutional food service systems, as well as management and leadership theories. Individuals pursuing a career in dietetics/nutrition have the opportunity to learn through classes in the management of food and food systems, the profession of dietetics and human nutrition, food science, research and medical nutrition therapy. Many experiences are interactive and provide interaction in the work setting.
Students wishing to become registered dietitians (RD) or dietetic technicians, registered (DTR) study a curriculum based on food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, culinary arts, sociology, communications, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, anatomy and chemistry.
Our dietetic program (DP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND),120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040 ext 5400. This is a 4-year undergraduate program. Upon completion, a student is eligible to apply to a Internship Program (IP), which takes an average of 9 to 12 months to complete. Upon completion of a IP, students are eligible to take the registration examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).
Announcement: The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is on inactive accreditation status from January 4, 2016 until May 20, 2018. As of January 4, 2016 no students will be admitted or allowed to transfer into the Didactic Program in Dietetics.
The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics is to instill in graduates an appreciation for evidence-based dietetics practice and lifelong learning to prepare them for acceptance into the dietetic internships and subsequent successful completion of the credentialing examination as a registered dietitian nutritionist.