Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Dietetics

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.

FSHN Dietetics Requirements

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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.

For More Information

Dietetics Undergraduate Advisor - Ms. Justine Karduck
345 Bevier Hall – MC 182
905 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
217-300-0181
Office hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 3-4 pm

Career Opportunity: Clinical Dietitian

Chelsea Guder
Chelsea Guder
A clinical dietitian develops nutritional guidelines and therapeutic menus for patients based on physical condition and necessary dietary restrictions.