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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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 2000, Chicago, IL 60606, 1-800-877-1600).