Concentration Options

The Nutritional Sciences department offers three optional concentrations. The Dietetics concentration is available in the MPH or MS programs, while the Sustainable Food Systems and Maternal and Child Nutrition concentrations are options within the MPH program.

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)/Dietetics Concentration

The mission of the University of Michigan School of Public Health Nutritional Sciences degree with the Dietetics concentration is to provide an organized program of graduate study and advanced training for practice in the community, clinical, research, academic or private sector settings through the provision of graduate degrees in human nutrition. Dietetics coursework can accompany the MPH, MS or PhD degree programs.

The program meets and exceeds the minimal academic requirements for professional dietitians. Verified completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), and the Dietetic Internship (DI) make graduates eligible to be credentialed as Registered Dietitians (RD).

Through the advanced training via MPH, MS or PhD degree in Nutritional Sciences, graduates gain leadership, critical thinking, and effective communication skills to disseminate accurate nutrition knowledge and promote the role nutrition plays in the treatment and prevention of disease, as well as in the promotion of well-being.

UM SPH DPD Handbook