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Applied Nutrition Concentrations

The applied nutrition major allows the student to pursue one of three concentrations: dietetics, culinary nutrition or environmental nutrition.

Dietetics Track

The 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, the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 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.

Mission and Goals

 The mission of Ohio University, is encompassed in the following statement, “Ohio University holds as its central purpose the intellectual and personal development of its students.”

  • The mission of the College of Health Sciences and Professions, is to: 1) educate students from various backgrounds in the health professions through rigorous curricular activities that prepare them to take leadership roles in a competitive, technological, culturally-diverse and global environment; 2) engage students and faculty in the discovery of knowledge that will define the future of health disciplines through applied and basic research, innovation, and entrepreneurship; and 3) extend the boundaries of Ohio University to enrich the quality of lives, especially for individuals in underserved and vulnerable populations, through inter professional and community collaborations. 
  • The mission of the School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness is to provide distinctive programs that integrate theory, research, and practice. Our programs foster the development of successful graduates that enhance health, wellness, and quality of life through prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation.
  • The mission of the Division of Food and Nutrition Sciences is to build distinctive programs in food and nutrition sciences that integrate theory, research, and practice, fostering the development of successful food and nutrition sciences students and graduates.

The Goals and Objectives of the Division of Food and Nutrition Sciences are summarized in the following two statements:

Goal 1: The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Ohio University will prepare entry-level dietetics practitioners.

  • Objective 1: At least 80% of DPD students will complete the program within three years of entry (150% of time planned for completion).
  • Objective 2: At least 60% of DPD graduates will apply for admission to a supervised practice program within 12 months of program completion.
  • Objective 3: At least 50% of DPD graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of program completion will be accepted.
  • Objective 4: The program’s one-year pass rate on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian is at least 80%.
  • Objective 5:  Supervised Practice Program directors will indicate satisfaction with graduate preparation for supervised practice as indicated by a three out of five or higher, overall for each survey item, on the SPP Director Survey.

Goal 2: The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Ohio University will provide innovative opportunities for DPD students to engage in research, leadership and specialized discipline areas.

  • Objective 6: At least 5% of DPD students will complete university or externally recognized research and scholarly activities during their didactic course of study.
  • Objective 7: At least 20% of DPD students will complete one or more of the following:  certificate programs, minors, or environmental/culinary tracks during their program of study.         

Program Outcome data available upon request.


Admission requirements to the dietetics program 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.

Dietetics Graduate and Admission Requirements

Students enrolled in the dietetic track must earn and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher to complete the degree conferral process. For students applying to dietetic internships programs, a GPA or 3.25 or higher is considered competitive. Completing the graduation requirements of Ohio University and the applied nutrition program (dietetics concentration) does not guarantee that you will be accepted into post-baccalaureate programs for professional experience after graduation. You must apply to and be granted acceptance into such programs.

Post graduate options for dietetic graduates include A) completion of verification statement and B) application for the dietetic technician examination. (see cdrnet.org) and C) application to the dietetic internship and/or D) application to graduate school.

"Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited didactic program at Ohio University are eligible to apply to the MSDI program at Ohio University or other ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.  Completion of these requirements will  enable them to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN..

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.


Dietetics Concentration Program Plan 

Didactic Program in Dietetics Student Handbook

Cost to the Student

Please visit the Office of the Bursar for program costs.

Environmental Nutrition

The environmental nutrition concentration is for students interested in careers involving sustainability, agriculture, wellness and food policy. The concentration's curriculum also fulfills the requirements to obtain an environmental health minor. Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in community and government agencies, industry, and agriculture, especially in areas that focus on sustainability and the environment. Graduates are also prepared for graduate study in a wide range of fields.

Environmental Concentration Program Plan (PDF)

Culinary Nutrition

The culinary nutrition concentration is for those interested in culinary nutrition, school nutrition, child nutrition, institutional wellness, and food-service management. Schools and universities employ those with a school nutrition background, and graduates are also prepared to work in other institutions and to pursue careers in the food-service industry. Students who complete this concentration qualify for a variety of School Nutrition Association (SNA) certifications. They can also, with the addition of field experience, fulfill SNA credentialing requirements to become a school nutrition specialist.

Culinary Concentration Program Plan (PDF)

Applied Nutrition Minor

The minor in applied nutrition is designed for students interested in strengthening their knowledge of nutrition principles and applications. After completing the minor, students will possess basic nutrition knowledge to help others identify reliable sources of nutrition information. This minor complements the studies of those pursuing careers in the health sciences, exercise physiology, medicine, environmental studies, hospitality management, health communication, journalism and other related fields.