About the Dietetics program

The didactic program in dietetics is a challenging curriculum including courses in foundational sciences (such as chemistry, biology and biochemistry), nutritional sciences (such as food science and medical nutrition therapy for specific disease pathology) and community and research. Integrative and functional nutrition as well as sustainability concepts are integrated throughout the dietetics curriculum.

As a dietetics student at the University of Dayton, you'll have the opportunity to practice applying your nutrition and dietetics knowledge within the university, local, national, and global communities in order to develop yourself holistically during your time at UD.

Program accreditation

The didactic program in dietetics is currently granted accreditation 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.

What can I do with this degree?

Upon successful completion of the post-baccalaureate experience and graduate degree completion (required by Jan. 1, 2024), graduates are eligible to sit for the dietetic nutritionist credentialing examination to become registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN).

Depending on the state in which you'll practice, an RDN may be required to apply for state licensing to practice medical nutrition therapy (nutrition therapy for the treatment of disease). The State of Ohio requires licensing of all registered dietitian nutritionists to practice MNT. The Ohio Medical Board of Licensing issues the license for RDNs.

The 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. Many UD dietetics alumni who have earned the RDN credential practice in the following professional settings:

  • Adult intensive care settings
  • 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
  • Social media dietitian
  • Sports nutrition for college athletes

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