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Dietetics (BSHS)

Developing Holistic Nutrition Practitioners (Registered Dietitian Nutritionists)

As a UD Dietetics major, you'll thrive in an environment where hands-on learning, professionalism, leadership, and evidence-based practice are at the forefront. Students are mentored and taught by registered and licensed dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) with robust experience in diverse areas of practice, to support growth and development at both the personal and professional levels.

The curriculum, along with local and international experiential learning opportunities, supports students in developing the knowledge and skills required for early selection into UD's Master of Dietetics and Nutrition and Premier Dietetic Internship program. You can complete all of the components required to sit for the RDN credentialing exam within 5.5 years of starting your freshman year at UD (vs. traditional 6-7 years).

Program accreditation

The UD Dietetics program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6695; 800-877-1600, ext. 5400). Reaccreditation was granted in 2014.

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A High-Quality Education

Holistic Preparation Opportunities and Activities Your Career

Undergraduate to Graduate-Prepared RDN in Just 5.5 Years

The University of Dayton Dietetics program takes a holistic approach to the academic and professional development of the student as a whole person. Students benefit from small class sizes and mentoring from faculty, their peers and registered dietitians and food service management professionals. The program's integrative coursework & experiences help to build a strong natural and social science foundation for the integration of nutritional and social sciences. Students also have opportunities to practice knowledge and develop professional skills through community, research and interdisciplinary experiences.

Explore the Masters of Dietetics and Nutrition (MDN) Program

Taking Learning Beyond the Classroom

Programming in sport nutrition, integrative culinary medicine, community nutrition education and sustainability provide opportunities for students to develop skills in program management, nutrition assessment, nutrition counseling, motivational interviewing, public speaking, culinary skills, and research. Students participate in a number of initiatives, including developing nutrition education at local schools, leading cooking demonstrations for the community, offering nutrition counseling for UD student-athletes, and participating in interprofessional education simulations. Summer study abroad programs in locations such as Chile, Portugal and Spain offer opportunities to explore the food & diet of other cultures through the lens of a dietitian.

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What Can I Do With This Degree?

UD Dietetics students can complete all of the components required to sit for the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) credentialing exam within 5.5 years of starting at UD (vs. traditional 6-7 years). This is because students benefit from early selection into UD's Masters of Dietetics and Nutrition & Premier Health Dietetic Internship partnered program. Many UD Dietetics alumni who have earned the RDN credential practice in the following professional settings: adult intensive care, digestive care nutrition practitioner, integrative and functional medicine, long-term care dietitian, neonatal intensive care, nutrition counseling, oncology nutrition practitioner, pediatric hospitals, private practice, research dietitian for nutraceutical companies, research dietitian in hospital, social media dietitian, sports nutrition for college athletes.

Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
Featured Programs and Initiatives

Community and Sustainability

Through a partnership with East End Community Services and UD's Hanley Sustainability Institute, Dietetics students interested in farm-to-table initiatives can explore and discern their call to serve in this area. Students support a number of initiatives, including developing nutrition education at local schools, garden-to-table nutrition education curriculum, and cooking demos with a mobile food pantry program.

Gem City Market Nutrition Education Programming

Students have several opportunities to provide nutrition education and demonstrate culinary skills to the community via programming at Gem City Market. Students develop and implement nutrition education through cooking demos, providing nutrition-focused grocery tours, and providing nutrition education to student-athletes.

Service Opportunities With Fellow Dietetics Students

Be a part of UD student organizations created especially for Dietetics students, including the Sports Nutrition Club and Student Dietetic Association. Opportunities include working with UD student-athletes, leading cooking demos, engaging in community service, and participating in professional development.

ProduceOne Food & Nutrition Laboratory

Students benefit from this state-of-the-art learning kitchen, made possible by ProduceOne and its owners, Gary & Erv Pavlofsky. The lab is made up of four cooking stations which include an oven, microwave, stand mixer, fridge, sink, cookware and food prep tools. Tables and chairs in the center of the lab offer a space for classroom instruction. The lab is also home to a culinary medicine program collaborative between UD and Grandview Hospital.

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Visit Campus

Interested in learning more about the Dietetics program? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by contacting You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

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Experiential Learning

Real-World Experience

Through practical learning opportunities like internships and community programs, you can build your resume, gain practical experience and prepare for a successful career.



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


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