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Dietetics is the high-tech science of applying food and nutrition to health. It is a vital, growing field open to creativity and opportunity and the possibilities are endless. Employment of dietitians is expected to grow at the rate of 9% between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Dietetics is a dynamic profession offering many different opportunities for practice.

The Dietetics Program at the University of Illinois is recognized as one of the top dietetic programs in the nation. This program provides a diverse curriculum to meet the standards of education as set by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)*. The coursework is challenging as you share class experiences with other majors, including: Chemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Food Science, Hospitality Management, and Business in addition to students in the Graduate Program. This Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) has a high placement rate for acceptance into Dietetic Internship (DI) programs and first time passage rate in the Registered Dietitian (RD) exam.

The program combines coursework from both the physical and social-science areas, preparing students to address today's complex nutrition and health issues. After graduating, completion of an accredited internship and successful passage of the registration examination for dietitians qualifies the graduate for status as a Registered Dietitian (RD). The graduates of the department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at U of I at Urbana-Champaign consistently pass the R. D. exam with rates that are higher than the national average.

Registered Dietitians provide nutritional care and counseling to schools, hospitals, nursing homes, community health programs, and in fitness centers, as well as in the food industry. Graduates may also become sports dietitians/nutritionists, food-service managers, wellness coordinators, senior research technicians, or marketing consultants. Regardless of career choice, Registered Dietitians are recognized as the link to nutrition and health.

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Accreditation Status

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at the University of Illinois is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995 (Phone: 800-877-1600 ext. 5400 or 312-899-0040). ACEND is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. The DPD was fully reaccredited in 2010 and will be under review for accreditation again in 2020.

One must complete an accredited DPD program, which is a four-year classroom curriculum of learning, culminating in a B.S. Degree. It must be followed by a dietetic internship or supervised practice experience in order to qualify one to take the RD Exam.

Additional Information

For more information about Dietetics, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
For more about Dietetics at the University of Illinois, please contact:

Justine Karduck, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics
University of Illinois
Food Science & Human Nutrition
345 Bevier Hall
905 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
217-300-0181 phone
217-265-0925 fax
karduck@illinois.edu