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About the Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences 

There has never been a more interesting time for nutrition, rehabilitation and exercise sciences, as people become more aware of the impact these fields have on their health. If you have an interest in helping people, an appreciation for science, are looking for a challenging profession that is always changing and evolving, you should consider a career in dietetics, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, or health sciences.

The Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences offers an exciting learning environment for its students. We have state of the art assessment labs that provide hands-on training in program specialized assessment techniques. We are also located on the same campus as Children’s Hospital & Research Facility and the University Hospital which have a strong reputation for providing cutting-edge research and patient care. In addition to our facilities, students have opportunities to participate in ongoing research studies ranging from the DASH diet, food insecurity, optimum therapy strategies for neurological diagnoses, the effects of diet on inflammation, mother-infant feeding practices, occupational ergonomics and biomechanics, and neuroplasticity, to name a few.

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.

The Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences offers the following programs:  

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences The bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences has two levels: the initial level that consists of study in all basic science disciplines, mathematics, English composition, and other areas of general education, and the upper level that consists of study in the applied sciences of exercise, human movement and human anatomy and physiology. Within the upper level there are three tracks or concentrations: Exercise & Movement Science, Physiologic Science and Health Sciences Behavior & Occupation Studies. 
  • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (for students enrolled as of 2016) If you have interests in the areas of sports medicine, injury management and sport science, then a degree in Athletic Training may be the right fit for you. The degree is moving to master's degree program. Students are encouraged to consider health sciences as their undergraduate major. 
  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics (Coordinated Program​) The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) 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 in Dietetics. If accepted, students change their major from Food and Nutrition to Dietetics, and continue to take classes during their third academic year, which is Year 1 of the CPD. During Year 2 of the CPD, students complete their supervised practice experience. The supervised practice is similar to a dietetic internship. CPD supervised practice and dietetic internships are required to provide a minimum of 1200 supervised practice hours. The CPD offers students the choice of two areas of concentration – pediatrics or long-term care.The CPD 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.
  • 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/ nutritionist (RDN).
  • 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 as a license for this is required by the state of Ohio.
  • Master of Science in Nutrition The Master 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.
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) Has your dream been to help others improve their ability to function after an injury, illness or disease, or reach their maximum level of fitness?  In Physical Therapy, you could be working with individuals to evaluate their physical strength, flexibility, coordination and function, and then develop or carry out a plan to promote their optimal health.
  • We are also in the applicant stage of the ACOTE Accreditation Process for a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program.​


Health Sciences students in lab

Contact Us

Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences
3202 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394

For Nutrition Science Programs:
Kimberly Maco, MS
Phone: 513-558-7503
Email: ​

​For Athletic Training, DPT, MOT, and Health Sciences Programs:
Ashley Sandburg
Phone: 513-558-7477

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