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Dietetics and Nutrition (MDN)

The combined Masters of Dietetic and Nutrition (MDN) and Premier Dietetic Internship (PDI) program at the University of Dayton is designed for Dietetics students who have completed their undergraduate degree from an ACEND-accredited didactic program in dietetics. The program begins online in May and continues for a year and a half (5 semesters) with graduation from the UD MDN and Premier Health Dietetic Internship occurring in December.

Eligible applicants who have earned a master's degree may pursue the Advanced Dietetics and Nutrition graduate certificate (contact the UD MDN program director for more information).

Upon the successful completion of both the MDN and PDI programs, students will be eligible to sit for the National Registration Examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

If you're looking for the undergraduate program in dietetics, click here.

Program highlights

  • Holistic teaching: You'll benefit from small class sizes, project- and community-based learning, focus on cultural competency, online and face-to-face learning, student reflection and critical analysis, simulation and case-study, and mentoring.
  • Integrative and interdisciplinary environment (diverse setting practice): Identifying and addressing nutrition issues is multifaceted and complex. You'll get the opportunity to work with faculty, students and professionals from multiple disciplines to examine and develop sustainable and effective solutions.
  • Evidenced-based practice: You'll be at the forefront of learning and development, by engaging in evidence-based practice. This is integral to professionalism, leadership and patient care.

Program mission & vision

  • Mission: Provide an interdisciplinary graduate degree in dietetics and nutrition in order to develop proficient and professional entry-level dietitian nutritionists who practice in diverse settings and are leaders in their field.
  • Vision: Our dietetic graduate students will thrive in an integrative and interdisciplinary academic environment where experiential-learning, professionalism, leadership, and evidence-based practice are at the forefront of student learning and development.


The Masters of Dietetics and Nutrition program is designed to expand your knowledge and skills in key areas of practice to prepare you to meet the future needs of the dietetics profession. Through 33 credit hours of courses, you'll build knowledge and skills in counseling, leadership, evidenced-based research and practice, and public policy.

Advanced topics in food insecurity, food science, management and sustainability and advanced clinical nutrition are designed to expand knowledge and skills to challenge you to investigate and critically think through solutions to issues in these areas.

What can I do with this degree?

The Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential allows you to work in a variety of settings to provide medical nutrition therapy. RDNs can work in public health and community nutrition to provide both population-based and individual-based interventions. People who have earned the RDN credential can practice in the following professional settings:

  • Adult intensive care settings
  • Community Nutrition curriculum development/delivery (i.e., SNAP-Ed, WIC, etc.)
  • Digestive care nutrition practitioner
  • Integrative and functional medicine
  • Long-term care dietitian
  • Neonatal intensive care setting
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Oncology nutrition practitioner
  • Pediatric hospitals
  • Private practice
  • Research dietitian for nutraceutical companies
  • Research dietitian in hospital setting
  • School Nutrition Director 
  • Social media dietitian
  • Sports nutrition for college athletes
  • University Food Service Dietitian
  • WIC dietitian

Dietetics and Nutrition

Fitz Hall, Room 646
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2968