Many universities offer degree programs in nutrition and dietetics. In most states, prospective dietitians must obtain a master's degree in the field. Nutrition and dietetics programs generally require students to take several courses in the basic sciences along with more advanced courses in nutrition science. Some schools offer degrees in the more traditional on-campus format while others offer degrees online.
University of Pittsburgh
The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) offers several programs in the field of nutrition through its School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Students can pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of nutrition and clinical dietetics. Pitt offers a bachelor of science and master of science degree. The bachelor of science degree requires 62 credit hours beyond the general education requirements. Students take courses in physiology, medical terminology, food science, macronutrient metabolism, nutrition therapy and clinical biochemistry as part of the program. The master of science degree requires 40 hours for completion. Students take more advanced courses in areas such as advanced nutrition counselling, eating disorders in athletes, human genetics, epidemiology and pharmacology.
University of Pittsburgh 4200 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15260 412-624-7488 www.pitt.edu>
Iowa State University
Iowa State University offers bachelor of science and master of science degrees in the field of dietetics. Iowa State offers these programs on campus, but also offers the master of science degree in an online format. The online degree is offered as part of a consortium among several universities, including Oklahoma State University, Kansas State University, Colorado State University and several other schools. Students can take courses from any of the participating schools but apply to the program at only one of the institutions. Along with Kansas State, Iowa State's program is one of the largest offered in terms of the number of courses available to students. The master's degree program requires 36 credit hours for graduation. Students must take 15 hours of core courses in areas such as statistics and research methods. Elective courses include advanced medical nutrition therapy, functional foods and maternal and child nutrition, among others.
Iowa State University Dietetics Academy 220 MacKay Hall Ames, IA 50011 515-294-2553 dietetics.iastate.edu
Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University (EMU) is another school offering an online degree in the field of dietetics and human nutrition. EMU offers bachelor and master of science degrees. The school offers two master of science degrees; one degree program is in the field of dietetics, the other in nutrition. The bachelor's and master's degree programs in dietetics require students to take supervised practical experience outside of coursework. Courses included in the programs include fields such as nutrient metabolism, food systems management, food and culture, nutrition therapy and alternative and complementary medicine.
Extended Programs and Educational Outreach 100 Boone Hall Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734-487-0407 extended.emich.edu/dietetics/index.aspxECU
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