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What is dietetics?

The dietetics discipline has a strong science foundation that includes coursework in nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, food science, management, food service and social science. Dietitians are experts in nutrition who use their knowledge to assess, diagnose and treat nutritional problems. Dietitians also use food and nutrition science to help people improve their overall health.

Undergraduate program in dietetics

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at OSU is the undergraduate program in dietetics and the first of three steps to becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Following completion of the DPD, you can apply for the OSU Dietetic Internship Program. Completion of a dietetic internship is necessary in order to be eligible to sit for the RDN registration exam.
*Please note that program outcomes data are available upon request.

National accreditation

The OSU Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited through 2028 by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, (800) 877-1600 x 5400.

Additional Resources


Catherine Palmer OSU Didactic Program in Dietetics DirectorNutritional Sciences313 Nancy Randolph Davis
Stillwater, OK
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