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Dietetics (BSHS)

Examine the science of food and the role of nutrients to promote health, prevent chronic disease and improve performance

Dietetics research

The University of Dayton Dietetics program takes a holistic approach to the academic and professional development of the student as a whole person. As a student in the undergraduate dietetics program, you'll examine the science of food and the role of nutrients in the body to promote health, prevent chronic disease and improve human performance. You'll have the opportunity to develop professionally as you practice applying the knowledge you've gained within the many nutrition-related programs we provide to the University of Dayton campus and local communities.


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Program highlights

  • Rigorous, science-based curriculum
  • Integration of topics like sustainability, food security, acculturation, integrative and functional nutrition, sports nutrition, and food science throughout the curriculum
  • Enhanced coursework in motivational interviewing, organizational behavior and the social sciences
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring during the first year
  • Integrative culinary medicine program
  • Participation in regional interprofessional education program
  • Community-supported programming: Sports Nutrition Group, Student Dietetics Association, Community Nutrition Education (RTA Market, Second Street Market, East End Community), Food Recovery Network, Meals In Flight, Lincoln Hill, Mission of Mary, Gem City Market, Dayton Children’s Hospital, Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley

Program accreditation

Our 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.

Becoming a registered dietitian

The process to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) includes:

  • Completion of the bachelor's degree from an ACEND-accredited dietetics program.
  • Awarding of the verification statement upon the conferral of the degree from an ACEND-accredited undergraduate dietetics program.
  • Successful completion of an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.
  • Passing the RDN credentialing exam.

Note: In January 2024, completion of a graduate degree with the ACEND-accredited supervised practice program will be required to earn the verification statement to sit for the RDN credentialing exam.

All students pursuing the RDN credential should plan to attend graduate school with an ACEND-accredited supervised practice after graduation.

University of Dayton Dietetics students have two options for applying to post baccalaureate internship and graduate school:

Some states require licensure to practice medical nutrition therapy. RDNs practicing in the State of Ohio are required to hold licensure through the State Medical Board of Ohio.

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.

Many of our program's 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


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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2968


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