Department of Nutritional Sciences

About the Department

There has never been a more interesting time for nutrition, as people become more aware that what they eat has a significant impact on their health. If you have an interest in helping people, an appreciation for science, a love of food or simply looking for a challenge in a profession that is always changing and evolving, you should consider a career in nutrition.

The Department of Nutritional Sciences offers an exciting learning environment for its students. A state of the art assessment lab that provides hands-on training in nutrition assessment techniques is available to the students. In addition, there are opportunities to participate in ongoing research studies ranging from the DASH diet, food insecurity, the effects of diet on inflammation and mother-infant feeding practices. 

The Department also provides students with a wide range of practical experiences within the field in a variety of settings including local hospitals, schools and community health organizations. 

Whether you are interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian, exploring the field of food and nutrition, or furthering your study of nutrition with a master’s degree, the Department can provide you with the necessary education and experience.

An overview of current programs of study follows.

  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
    The major provides a foundation in nutrition, food science, medical nutrition therapy, counseling, health promotion and wellness.  Within the Dietetics major, students can complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) coursework, which provides students with the didactic requirements necessary to apply for a post-baccalaureate dietetic internship.
  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics (Coordinated Program) and Certificate of Supervised Practice in Dietetics
          • The Coordinated Program (CP) includes the DPD coursework.  Students initially enroll in the BS in Dietetics or BS in Food and Nutrition Programs.  During their second year in school, students may apply for the Coordinated Program.  If accepted, students change their major to Dietetics, and continue to take classes during their third academic year, which is Year 1 of the CP. During Year 2 of the CP, students complete their supervised practice experience.  The supervised practice is similar to a dietetic internship.  CP supervised practice and dietetic internships are required to provide a minimum of 1200 supervised practice hours.  The CP offers students the choice of two areas of concentration – pediatrics or long-term care.
            The CP offers students the option of completing their supervised practice both within and outside of the Greater Cincinnati area.  If a student completes the supervised practice outside of the Greater Cincinnati area, the student has chosen our “distance” option.  Please note that the first three years of the program are not available as a distance option
          • The Certificate of Supervised Practice in Dietetics is geared for post-graduate students who have completed their DPD requirements and have received a DPD verification statement but who have not yet completed a dietetic internship.  The Certificate Program is comprised of Year 2 of the Coordinated Program.  A description of Year 2 can be found in the preceding paragraph.
    Certificate of Didactic Program in Dietetics
    The Certificate of Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD Certificate) in the Department of Nutritional Sciences is designed for students who have completed the Master of Sciences in Nutrition at the University of Cincinnati who are interested in completing the academic requirements set forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for eligibility to participate in a post-baccalaureate dietetic internship, and ultimately become a registered dietitian.
  • Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition
    The major provides coursework in the food and nutritional sciences and depending on the interest of the individual, students can supplement the basic curriculum with courses in health and wellness and pre-medicine.  
  • Minor in Nutrition
    The Nutrition Minor is designed to benefit those preparing to work in medical and health related professions.  Future physicians, nurses, dental professionals, psychologists, researchers, and occupational and physical therapists will find that the Nutrition Minor will enhance their effectiveness by providing them with basic nutrition principles and tools to promote healthier lifestyles for their patients.  In addition, those who work in corporate wellness, personal training, wellness centers, and fitness facilities will enter the job market with a more well-rounded educational profile that enhances the information and service they provide to their clients.  It is important to note that those obtaining the Nutrition Minor will not be able to do one-on-one counseling in nutrition.
  • Masters of Science in Nutrition
    The Masters of Science in Nutrition is open to academically qualified students with undergraduate degrees in diverse fields of study so long as they can meet the science prerequisites.  This program is designed to advance knowledge in nutrition and gain skills in research. 
  • Medical Degree/Masters of Science in Nutrition Dual Degree Program
    The Masters of Science in Nutrition is offered to medical students at the University of Cincinnati to provide further insight into the field of nutrition. 

Both the Didactic Program in Dietetics and the Coordinated Program in Dietetics are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), which is the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040, ext.5400. www.eatright.org/cade

To obtain additional information about the listed programs continue to browse the department website.