Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)/Dietetics Concentration
The Nutritional Sciences department offers one optional concentration. The Dietetics concentration is available in the MPH or MS programs.
The mission of the University of Michigan (UM), School of Public Health (SPH), Department of Nutritional Sciences (NS) Dietetics (DPD) concentration is to provide an organized program of graduate study and advanced training to prepare graduate students for a supervised dietetic internship on the path to become a Registered Dietitian preparing them to practice in community, clinical, research and academic settings worldwide. The graduate school learning environment is structured to promote an appreciation for public health problems through lifelong learning, effective problem solving and for service to both the community and profession.
Goals and Objectives
- Prepare graduates to be competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists to meet employment needs worldwide.
- Over a five-year period, 80% of the program graduates will pass the registration examination on the first attempt.
- At least 85% of graduate students will complete the degree within a three-year time frame from start to finish.
- Within 1 year of graduation, 90% of students will apply to a dietetic internship.
- Within 1 year of graduation, 90% of students will enroll in a dietetic internship.
- Over a five-year period, 80% of the graduates who seek employment will be employed in dietetics-related positions within 12 months of completing the program.
- Prepare graduates who demonstrate a desire for lifelong learning, curiosity, effective problem-solving, teamwork, professional development and a commitment to service worldwide.
- During their DPD program, 50% of students will participate in a student organization and 20% of students will obtain leadership roles within those organizations.
- Over a five-year period, 50% of graduates who respond to an alumni survey will indicate that they have participated in at least one community service activity during the past year.
- Over a five-year period, at least 75% of employers who respond to a survey on program graduates in their first year of employment will rate them as above average in problem-solving and teamwork as compared to other entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists
- Over a five-year period, 25% of graduates who respond to an alumni survey will indicate that they are preceptors for a Dietetic Internship.
- Over a five-year period, 40% of graduates who respond to an alumni survey will indicate that they are actively involved in a professional organization related to their career goals.
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.
Program outcomes data are available upon request
- More details on the coursework and sample schedule related to this concentration.
- More information on the U-M SPH Dietetic Internship and the pre-select process.
UM SPH DPD Handbook (PDF)
Pre-requisites for Didactic Program in Dietetics
Students must complete the academic requirements as specified by the Commission on Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to be registered dietitian eligible. The following table lists the undergraduate courses required to be RD eligible.
|Calculus* (only required for MS degree, not for the MPH degree)||1 semester|
|Inorganic/general chemistry*||1 semester, lab not required|
|Organic chemistry||1 semester, lab not required|
|Biochemistry, lab not required||1 semester|
|Human Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology, lab not required||1 semester of either but must be human|
|Microbiology, lab not required||1 semester|
|Any psychology*, anthropology or sociology course||1 semester|
The University of Michigan Didactic Program in Dietetics provides a curriculum which is based upon the foundation knowledge requirements and learning outcomes specified by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The program is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics through June 30, 2023. For additional information, please review the U-M SPH DPD Handbook.
For all students interested in the dietetics program, a transcript evaluation will be completed by the DPD director. The evaluation will provide the basis for identifying an individualized plan of coursework to meet both graduate program and dietetic requirements. In-person, telephone, and e-mail personal advising is encouraged for all prospective students. Contact Susan Aaronson firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Upon completion of required coursework and the awarded graduate degree, students are issued a Verification Statement, signifying that all DPD and graduate degree requirements have been met and students are eligible to apply for dietetic internships.
*AP high school credit can be accepted based on AP final exam score.
|Course Number||Credits||Course Name|
|NUTR 540||2||Maternal and Child Nutrition|
|NUTR 547||2||Food Science|
|NUTR 585||2||Food Service Management|
|NUTR 642||3||Community Nutrition|
|NUTR 646||3||Nutritional Counseling|
|NUTR 636||3||Medical Nutrition Therapy I|
|NUTR 637||2||Medical Nutrition Therapy II|