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 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.
- 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.
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.
|Inorganic/general chemistry*||1 semester, lab not required|
|Organic chemistry||1 semester, lab not required|
|Human Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology||1 semester of either but must be human|
|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 646||3||Nutritional Counseling|
|NUTR 636||3||Medical Nutrition Therapy I|
|NUTR 637||2||Medical Nutrition Therapy II|