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Certificate of Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)


ACEND The Certificate of Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD Certificate) in the Department of Nutritional Sciences is designed for students who have a completed Master's degree, 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. 

The program is designed to prepare you 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. 

Upon completion of the DPD Certificate and an accredited dietetic internship, you are required to pass the national registration exam to become a registered dietitian. 

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.

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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 Mater'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 78%.

Gluten Free Assortment made by the Student Dietetic Association

Contact Us

Department of Nutritional Sciences
3202 Eden Avenue
ML 0394
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394
Phone: 513-558-7503
Fax: 513-558 -7500
Email: ​

More Information

For more information on the program, please contact:

Lindsey Mills, MS, RD

College of Allied Health Sciences 
Nutritional Sciences
University of Cincinnati
3202 Eden Ave.
Cincinnati, Oh 45267-0394

Phone: (513)558-7506


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