The Public Health/Nutrition Option undergraduate program is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist preparation curriculum, also referred to as the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The curriculum combines courses in health promotion, community health, management, natural and social sciences with courses in food and nutrition.
Our major includes students that aspire to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, after additional post-baccalaureate education, as well as those who would like a degree in Public Health/Nutrition but are unsure of their career goals.
What is Nutrition?
Nutrition is the study of food and how it impacts the health and wellness of the human body.
More specifically it is the science of nutrients: how the body uses them, how they influence disease, and how they can be utilized to promote health and wellness.
Along with the scientific foundation is the study of how food and eating are influenced by psychology, sociology, culture, and economics.
Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Students wishing to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) must continue their education after completing the KSC Public Health Nutrition Option. The KSC Public Health Nutrition Option provides the undergraduate knowledge, skills and competencies students will need to successfully move on to the next phase of their education. Students must apply and be accepted into a dietetic internship/master’s degree program and successfully complete the Registration Exam for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetics Registration Commission on Dietetics Registration a credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. If a student has a previous master’s degree there are some dietetic internship programs that provide the internship experience only.
In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility without a master’s degree, an individual must complete a dietetic internship with eligibility submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023.
After successfully completing the Registration Exam for Dietitians you will be a credentialed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Many States also require that Registered Dietitians Nutritionist be licensed to work in their State. To learn more about State licensure go to https://www.cdrnet.org/state-licensureand your State’s licensing website.
Becoming a Nutrition Dietetic Technician Registered
Graduates of the Public Health Nutrition Option program have the opportunity to become credentialed by the Commission on Dietetics Registration as a Nutrition Dietetic Technician Registered (NDTR). Learn more about the NDTR credential and employment here: NDTR Information
The NDTR requires a bachelor’s degree, a DPD Verification Statement and successful completion of the Nutrition Dietetic Technician Registered Exam. Your academic advisor will guide you through the process if you are interested
The Public Health/Nutrition Option is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Go to www.eatright.org/ACEND to learn more about ACEND, or contact them at:
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago IL 60606-6995
Phone 800-877-1600, ext. 5400
What if I don’t want to be a Dietitian or a Diet Technician?
You can still major in Public Health Nutrition Option. Many of our graduates, that do not wish to become RDN’s or NDTR’s, pursue employment that does not require the NDTR or RDN credential. These jobs included government programs such as nutrition counseling in the Women, Infants and Children program, diet offices in healthcare facilities, community health, gyms, weight loss centers, food banks, schools, food service management, insurance
companies etc. Some choose to complete their education in another professional medical career such as nursing, chiropractic, physician assistants, and naturopathic physicians. Others simply opt to work for a few years prior to completing the internship/master’s degree and becoming an RDN. Internship/Master’s degree programs may have recency of education requirements for some undergraduate course work.
The nutrition minor is also available to students not interested in become a dietitian or a diet technician. The minor includes foundational knowledge on the food and nutrition needs for all lifespan age groups. This minor would complement the following majors: nursing, biology, exercise science, psychology, population health, preprofessional health, addictions, and environmental studies
More information on the Public Health Nutrition Option program, including any additional costs, admission and graduation requirements, can be found in the Student Handbook. 2022-23 DPD Student Handbook
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