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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Dietetics

Ohio Dietetics Student of the Year

About the Program

The major provides a foundation in nutrition, food science, medical nutrition therapy, health promotion and wellness.  Completion of the Dietetic major curriculum meets the academic requirements for Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), set forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  This option provides students with the didactic requirements necessary to apply for an accredited post-baccalaureate dietetic internship and ultimately become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

What is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN)?

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, RDNs translate nutritional science into personalized nutrition plans for individuals of all ages.  RDNs are qualified to provide medical nutrition therapy in hospitals, private practice or other health care facilities. A RDN may also work in community and public health settings, universities, food industry, research, fitness centers, corporate wellness centers, and a wide variety of other settings.

Within the major, students can choose to concentrate their studies in Sports Nutrition or Clinical and Community Nutrition according to their individual interests and career goals within the field of dietetics.

    Concentration in Sports Nutrition: Specialized coursework in health science, exercise physiology, and kinesiology prepares students interested in a career as an RDN in the field of exercise and sports performance.

    Concentration in Clinical and Community Nutrition: Coursework in public health in addition to clinical nutrition courses prepares students interested in a variety of careers as an RDN in healthcare facilities and community and public health settings.

Completion of coursework in either concentration provides students with the didactic requirements necessary to apply for a post-baccalaureate dietetic internship.  Upon completion of the BS in Dietetics and an accredited dietetic internship, students are required to pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam to become a RDN. Many states require certification or license in order to practice as a RDN. While the national first time pass rate was ​85% in 2012, the average first time pass rate for University of Cincinnati DPD graduates averaged 92% over the past five years. 

Upon completion of the BS in Dietetics graduates are eligible to take the national registration exam to become a nutrition and dietetics technician, registered (NDTR).

    Program length:  The BS in Dietetics is a traditional 4-year degree and requires completion of 121 semester credit hours. This includes all coursework required to be eligible for a dietetic internship.

    Placement rate in dietetic internships:  The average national placement rate for students applying to dietetic internships in the last five years was approximately 50%. The placement rate for the DPD program who applied for dietetic internships in the last five years was 77%.

 Program outcome data ​is available upon request.

The University of Cincinnati's Didactic Program in Dietetics and Coordinated Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800/877/1600 ext. 5400. http://www.eatright.org/ACEND

Dietetics student in the lab

Contact Us

Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences
3202 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394
rensdepartment@uc.edu

For Nutrition Science Programs:
Kimberly Maco, MS
Phone: 513-558-7503
Email: ​nutrition@ucmail.uc.edu

​For Athletic Training, DPT, MOT, and Health Sciences Programs:
Ashley Sandburg
Phone: 513-558-7477
Email: rehabsci@ucmail.uc.edu

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More Information

For more information on the program, please contact:

Lindsey Mills, MS, RD
​DPD Director

College of Allied Health Sciences 
Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences
University of Cincinnati
3202 Eden Ave.
Cincinnati, Oh 45267-0394

Phone: (513)558-7506

Email: lindsey.mills@uc.edu

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