Dietetics and Nutrition

Dietetics is the science of managing food and nutrition to promote health. Registered dietitians are food and nutrition experts who provide nutritional services in hospitals, schools, nursing care facilities, and other institutions. These essential health care professionals are responsible for developing food and nutrition programs to prevent and treat illness or promote general dietary health.

The mission of the KU Department of Dietetics and Nutrition:

"To conduct research in nutrition science and dietetics, and to produce exemplary graduates empowered to influence human health."

The department offers the following programs in the fields of dietetics and nutrition:

Dietetic Internship Graduate Certificate
This program prepares graduates for a career as a registered dietitian. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college and completed course work approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics is required. Graduates are eligible for the registration examination to acquire the RD credential. The certificate includes 14 graduate credit hours applicable toward the Master of Science degree.

Dietetics and Integrative Medicine Graduate Certificate
An opportunity for working professionals or graduate students, students in this online program explore a personalized approach to prevention and treatment of chronic disease by embracing conventional and complementary therapies. Students may enter with bachelor's or master's degrees in dietetics, nutrition, biological sciences or other health care professions.

Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition
With course work in biochemical, clinical and behavioral aspects of nutrition, this program offers many benefits including expanded job opportunities and increased knowledge in the science of nutrition. Students engage in the research process while interacting with leading nutrition and clinical researchers.

Doctor of Clinical Nutrition

The Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (DCN) is an online, professional practice degree focused on producing advanced-level practitioners in clinical nutrition; food and nutrition managers, administrators, and consultants; public health nutritionists; and transformational researchers in higher education. Graduates of the KUMC Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (DCN) program will be rigorously trained to provide leadership in prevention, intervention, and treatment of chronic diseases at the individual and population level. DCN graduates will complete cutting-edge coursework, a work-based practicum, and an outcomes-based research project.

Ph.D. in Medical Nutrition Science
Students with degrees in nutrition or biological sciences have the opportunity for clinical and translational research at a world-class academic health center renowned for its research facilities. This program emphasizes training in the core sciences of nutrition, biochemistry, biostatistics and the most advanced research methodology.

Courses in nutrition are also available to students who are not seeking a degree or working professionals interested in continuing education.

More about careers and areas of study in dietetics and nutrition can be found on the department's website.