Dietetics is the science of applying knowledge in food and nutrition to improving and maintaining good health. The concentration prepares students to complete a dietetic internship and take the registration exam to be a registered dietitian.
Employment of dietitians is expected to grow nearly 10 percent in the next decade. Dietitians practice in many areas including: healthcare, clinics, schools, fitness centers, industry and opportunities are increasing!
The dietetics concentration addresses today’s complex nutrition and health issues found across this world to enhance the quality of life for people and communities.
After completing an undergraduate degree, students must complete an accredited dietetic internship to be able to take the registration exam. Placement into dietetic internships is greater than the national average.
To obtain the credential of Registered Dietitian, students must pass a national exam. Graduates of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois consistently pass the R.D. exam with rates that are higher than the national average.
The program combines coursework from both the physical and social-science areas, preparing students to address the complexity of today’s nutrition and health issues.
The coursework is challenging. Students will share classes with students in chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, food science, hospitality management and business.
Job opportunities are very diverse and include these sectors: clinical, community and public health, consulting-private practice, food/nutrition business industry, food service, management, research and education, sports and wellness nutrition, and jobs for those without RD certification.
A clinical oncology dietician focuses on identifying and addressing nutritional deficiencies, minimizing side effects of cancer treatments and optimizing diets to discourage cancer, either by adding more beneficial foods to the diet or decreasing less helpful foods for patients.