Public Health Nutrition Option Program

The Public Health/Nutrition Option program is a Registered Dietitian preparation curriculum, also referred to as the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The curriculum combines courses in health promotion, exercise science, addictions, food service management, and natural and social sciences with courses in food and nutrition.

Mission and Goals of the Program

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.

National Salary Trend for Nutritionists

Dietetics Accreditation

The Public Health/Nutrition Option is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Go to to learn more about ACEND, or contact them at:

120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago IL 60606
Phone 312-899-0040, ext. 5400

Becoming a Registered Dietitian

Students wishing to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) must continue their education by applying to and being accepted into a dietetic internship after graduating from our baccalaureate program and successfully completing the KSC Public Health/Nutrition Option Verification Statement Exam in their senior year. This Verification Statement Examination is free of charge, is offered frequently throughout the year, may be retaken as needed, and students may return at any time to take after graduation to complete it

Completion of the dietetic internship will qualify the student to take the Registration Exam for Dietitians, administered by the Commission on Dietetics Registration, a credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics through December 31, 2023.

Beginning January 1, 2024 the Commission on Dietetics Registration will also require an earned Master’s degree along with the dietetic internship to qualify to take the examination.

Frequently Asked Questions
Nutrition Suggested Course Sequence 
Academic Calendar
Nutrition Option Student Handbook