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Food Science and Human Nutrition Department

Food Science and Human Nutrition Department


Congratulations to our 2023 Graduating Class!!


Graduation from the DPD Program requires 120 credits. Dietetic students complete courses that meet the Foundation Knowledge Requirement and Learning Outcomes for accredited dietetics programs and include courses in the following fields:

  • General chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology
  • Nutrition and food sciences
  • Communication
  • Management

The complete program curriculum is listed within the Dietetics curriculum, which may be found at FSHN Student Services Advising. Individual course descriptions can be found in the UF Course Catalog.



The DPD Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting body of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). ACEND may be contacted by:


Requirements to receive a Verification Statement

A verification statement will be issued if the graduate meets all of the following conditions:

  • Graduation from the University of Florida with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Successful completion of all FSHN courses required in the DPD curriculum with a C+ for higher
  • Completion of all DIE courses at the University of Florida
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Member in senior year
  • ServSafe(R) certified

Students may still graduate from the University of Florida if they do not receive a verification statement, however they will not be able to enter a dietetic internship program without a verification statement.

More information on verification statements may be found in the UF DPD Student Handbook.


Updates to Eligibility to Take Registration Exam

In addition to completing a dietetic internship, students/interns must earn a Master's degree (or Doctorate) in order to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. For more information, visit:


Nondiscrimination Statement

The University of Florida is committed to nondiscrimination with respect to race, creed, religion, age, disability, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, or veteran status.



  • What are the differences between Food Science, Nutritional Sciences, and Dietetics?

    Food Science involves the biological, chemical, and physical properties of food, including how to process, manufacture, transport, and store food products.

    Nutritional Sciences involves studying how food impacts human health, including nutrition-related chronic disease, malnutrition, metabolism, dietary patterns, and food insecurity.

    Dietetics involves applying knowledge of food and nutrition to understanding and promoting the health and well-being of individuals and populations. A registered dietitian is required to complete both an accredited undergraduate and graduate degree program, a 1000-hour dietetic internship, and a national registration exam.

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  • Questions? Contact Us?

    Contact Student Services here.