to Pitt Nutrition and Dietetics!
PLEASE NOTE, the Nutrition and Dietetics programs are
in the process of being redesigned to align with recommendations from the
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on the future model for dietetics education
for the preparation of RDNs. The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will
require a Master’s degree for registration eligibility beginning in 2024.
Information about new programming will be made available after approval has been
obtained from the University of Pittsburgh Office of the Provost and
ACEND. The Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition is committed to
providing the education and training to prepare students seeking to become RDNs
and will continue to provide programming that meets ACEND and CDR requirements.
Nutrition and Dietetics is a
challenging and exciting profession that applies the science of food and
nutrition to the health and well-being of people. The profession includes areas
of practice which focus on the impact of food and nutrition on our lives such
-treating existing disease;
-promoting health and fitness,
-planning school meal programs or other group feeding programs;
-food supply safety;
-the management of food service operations in institutional settings; nutrition research
-community education programs
-food and nutrition labeling laws
-improving the nutritional quality
of food and supplements
Our programs are designed to meet the educational goals for
individuals seeking to become Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RDN). Both
of our programs, the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, also known
as the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), and the Coordinated Master in
Nutrition and Dietetics, are accredited by ACEND, the Accreditation
Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Only ACEND accredited
programs can train individuals to become RDNs.
Many students feel becoming an RDN means working
in a medical setting.
However, earning the RDN credential opens doors to many different
careers. The mission of our programs includes not only preparing students to
earn the RDN credential, but to also pursue an advanced degree in a
science/healthcare-related discipline or to function in society as a
professional upon which practitioner competence can be built. Our programs
provide the academic preparation to support continued professional growth to
meet personal, professional, community and worldwide evolving healthcare needs.
For a list of career opportunities for RDNs, please click here.