Dietetics is a creative and challenging profession which relates food intake to nutritional well-being. Dietetics is the science and art of applying the principles of food and nutrition to health. It’s a vital, growing profession with many career possibilities.
Qualities of a Dietetic Student
- Strong interest in health issues
- Interest in science, especially chemistry and biology
- Problem solving skills
- Ability to multi-task
- Interest in community goals and endeavors
- Passion for health and nutrition
Employment of dietitians is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2026. A rapidly growing population will increase the demand for nutrition counseling in many settings. Many dietitians develop expertise in specialized practice fields such as renal nutrition. Others may attend leadership roles as administrators or educators. Dietitians may plan food and nutrition programs, supervise meal preparation or oversee meal service. They participate in the prevention and treatment of illnesses by promoting healthy eating habits and recommending dairy modifications.
Dietitians May Be Employed By:
- Sports Teams
- Wellness Programs
- Community Health Programs
- Home Health Care Agencies
- Child Care Facilities
- Research Organizations
- Long-term Care Facilities
- Psychiatric Facilities
- Hotels and Resorts
- Juvenile Retention Facilities
- Adult Retention Facilities
- And Many Others
How to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
- Complete a bachelor’s degree and receive a verification statement from an ACEND-accredited program. Please note, effective January 1, 2024, a graduate degree will be required to be eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration Exam
- Complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice dietetic internship program or an Individual Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP).
- Pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s dietetic registration exam.
- Gain licensure in your state of practice, if applicable.
- Maintain continuing education.
** Adapted from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Please visit this website for more information.
The Marshall University Didactic Program in Dietetics and Dietetic Internships (on-site and distance programs) are accredited by ACEND. Marshall offers a DPD undergraduate program, dietetic internship certificate program (both on-site and distance), and a graduate program in dietetics. Please visit our website for more information regarding these programs.
Contact the Chair of our Dietetics Department:
Kelli Williams, PhD, RD, LD