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Certificate of Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)


 The Didactic Program in Dietetics Certificate (DPD) is designed for students who have completed at least a Master's degree and are interested in becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist. Upon completion of the DPD Certificate, students earn a verification statement confirming their eligibility to enter a dietetic internship. After completing a dietetic internship, students are required to pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.

The program coursework is designed to prepare students with a comprehensive academic foundation of knowledge and skills that will enable them to enter into an accredited dietetic internship program and a variety of employment opportunities related to dietetics, food, and nutrition. 

The United States Department of Labor Standard Occupational Code for Dietitian is 29-1031.00.  An occupational profile for a Dietitian can be found at the Department of Labor’s O*NET website.

Please click on the following link for Gainful Employment disclosure information: Gainful Employment Disclosure​

Program Length

The DPD Certificate requires completion of 91 semester credit hours and can be done either full or part time. Applicable courses from previous baccalaureate degrees can be transferred into the program to reduce the number of credits required.  All of the pre-requisites for acceptance into the MS in nutrition and some courses required in the master’s program at UC are equivalent in content to DPD courses and also can be transferred into the DPD Certificate. If you receive transfer credit for the majority of the science and general education requirements from previous degrees and have completed the MS in Nutrition, you can complete the program in approximately one year going full-time.

If you enter the program with minimal transfer credit for the science and general education requirements and have completed a master's degree you will generally need three years to complete the program. 

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 DPD Certificate program students who applied for dietetic internships in the last five years was 77%.

Undergraduate Handbook 2017-18 

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.

Gluten Free Assortment made by the Student Dietetic Association

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

More Information


Lindsey Mills, MS, RD, LD
Undergraduate Program Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Science
College of Allied Health Sciences
University of Cincinnati
363C French Building East
3202 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394
Phone: 513-558-7506
Fax: 513-558-7500

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