Public Health Nutrition Program

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, exercise science, addictions, food service management, and natural and social sciences with courses in food and nutrition.

Our majors include 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. 

Mission, Goals and Objectives 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 Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists

Nutrition Minor

The nutrition minor provides students with 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

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:

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Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Students wishing to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) 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 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.  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.

Beginning January 1, 2024 the Commission on Dietetics Registration will also require an earned Master’s degree along with the dietetic internship to be eligible to take the credentialing examination to become a registered dietitian nutritionist(RDN).

After successfully completing the exam many States also require that Registered Dietitians Nutritionist be licensed.

More information on the Public Health Nutrition Option program, including any additional costs, admission and graduation requirements, can be found in the Student Handbook.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Nutrition Suggested Course Sequence
Academic Calendar
Tuition and fees

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