Dietetics Overview

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 11% between 2018 and 2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Dietetics is a dynamic profession offering many different opportunities for practice.

Our Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) 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 Nutritionist (RDN). Our programhas a high placement rate for acceptance into Dietetic Internship (DI) programs and first time passage rate in the RDN exam. 

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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 2190, 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 RDN 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, RDN, 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

Schedule and appointment with Justine