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Applied Nutrition - Dietetics


About the Program
One of three concentrations in the Applied Nutrition program, dietetics graduates receive a bachelor of science.  The Applied Nutrition-Dietetics track is for those interested in careers in nutrition counseling, public health nutrition, community nutrition, wellness, food and food-service management. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association). Students who complete the concentration qualify to sit for a national exam to become a dietetic technician, registered (DTR). Completing the dietetics concentration is also the first step to becoming a registered dietitian (RD). To become an RD, students must also complete an accredited internship at a university, healthcare facility, community agency, or food-service corporation. After the internship, the student must then pass a national accreditation exam.

Overview of Coursework

Students pursuing any of the nutrition programs can expect to take courses that cover the topics below. For the most up to date details on curriculum and credit hours, go online to Ohio University's Undergraduate Catalog.

  • Introduction to food systems
  • Science of food
  • Experimental foods
  • Quantity food production
  • Professional development
  • Lifespan nutrition
  • Nutrient metabolism
  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Nutrition in the community
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Biological sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Genetics



Admission requirements to the dietetics programs are the same as those for admission to Ohio University in general. No special prerequisites need to be met prior to declaring a major in Applied Nutrition-Dietetics. Candidates are encouraged, however, to begin the program early in their college careers. High school chemistry and biological science courses also are strongly recommended. For information on admission to Ohio University for both freshmen and transfer students, go online to Ohio University Admissions.


Graduate Requirement
Students in the program must maintain a minimum overall grade-point average of 2.0 (C) and must also earn a 2.0 or better in all required courses within the major.


Program Contact
David Holben, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.





Links & Downloads


Atrium Cafe food-preparation lab and eatery


WellWorks nutrition and fitness center


Adult Nutrition Treatment Program


Food Science Lab


Sensory Analysis Lab


Test Kitchen


Edison Biotechnology Institute