The undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Food Studies has two concentrations from which you can choose: Food Studies or Nutrition and Dietetics. The former concentration explores the American food system; the latter investigates the role of nutrition and health in society.
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The Nutrition and Dietetics concentration focuses on the role of food, nutrition, and health in society. Integrating knowledge and research into course work, our curriculum will provide you with an understanding of basic sciences and theoretical and applied aspects of nutrition and dietetics.
This degree concentration fully meets the foundation knowledge and learning outcomes in the Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation standards established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
These standards are known collectively as the Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPD) and they are met by taking the full set of courses required for the Bachelor of Science degree. Learn more about the NYU Steinhardt DPD.
As a result, the concentration not only prepares you for entry-level positions in businesses that involve food and nutrition, but also for dietetic internships and supervised practice opportunities that enable you to then take the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) examination. Learn more about how to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
Registered dietitians hold jobs as:
- Clinical dietitians or managers of nutrition programs in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, health professions schools, and other health care settings
- Nutrition educators in health care, community, corporate, elementary and secondary schools, or academic agencies and institutions
- Members of clinical specialty teams in pediatrics, surgery, cardiovascular, renal, and other medical care services
- Counselors of patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.
- Private nutrition consultants to the public, government and private agencies, and the food industry
- Public relations, media, and product development executives, staff, and consultants in private and public agencies, institutions, and media outlets
The concentration in Food Studies explores the cultural, historical, and sociological aspects of food, production, and consumption. Employing approaches from the humanities and social sciences, the degree prepares you to analyze the current American food system, its global connections, and local alternatives. Core courses within the concentration focus on critical thinking and writing about food.
Food is a multibillion-dollar annual industry. Career opportunities in food-related professions are expanding rapidly. Employers increasingly seek university graduates with educational experience in liberal arts, food, nutrition, and management.
Why Study Nutrition and Food?
The study of nutrition and food provides a solid academic education and practical training for a variety of career opportunities. These fields also encompass some of the most critically important—and hotly debated—issues affecting modern society, among them world hunger and problems related to safety, bioengineering, and the globalization of food.
Through positions in health care, business, government service, private practice, the food and food service industries, and educational and community programs, nutrition and food professionals help individuals and the public make better-informed choices about food and nutritional health.
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The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics has updated its requirements for becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Starting in 2024, those wishing to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist must hold a master's degree in order to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. To enable undergraduates to progress smoothly toward Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credentials, our department is developing an option to complete a 5-year combined BS/MS degree.
The Nutrition and Dietetics Undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) HONF-RDS is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 1-800-877-1600).