Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics Overview

Welcome to Pitt Nutrition and Dietetics!

An Overview

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.

The Profession:

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 as:
-treating existing disease;
-promoting health and fitness,
-preventing illness;
-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:

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.

Our Mission:

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.


Alumni Testimonial

Heather Pavlik Testimonial
  • Mary McDaniel
  • Clinical Dietitian
  • Works at Euclid Hospital (A Cleveland Clinic affiliated community hospital)

“The strong science background, clinical nutrition courses, opportunities for field experiences, community involvement, and advice from professors gave me the necessary skills to be very successful throughout my internship and allowed me to excel in advanced rotations with some of the most critically ill patients in the country. I attribute much of my successes since graduation largely to the preparation offered by the Nutrition program at Pitt.”

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