Undergraduate Dietetics Major

Dietetics is a challenging profession that applies the science of food and nutrition to the health and well-being of individuals and groups. The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at the University of Florida meets the Standards of Education set forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Students completing the program earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Dietetics. Students are eligible to compete for placement in an ACEND accredited dietetic internship once they complete their undergraduate degree. Following the completion of a dietetic internship, students will take a national registration examination to earn the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN) credential.


Coursework

The complete program curriculum is listed in the Dietetics curriculum. Individual course descriptions can be found on the University of Florida website.

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


Accreditation

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.

ACEND can be contacted by:

Website:  https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend

Email: ACEND@eatright.org

Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400

Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza
         Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995


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 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Successfull completion of all FSHN courses required in the DPD curriculum with a C+ for higher
    • All DIE courses taken 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 Program Handbook and Policies & Procedure Manual.


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.


Interested in More Information?

Contact the DPD Director, Dr. Gankofskie or the Program Coordinator, Kohrine Counts.