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Our undergraduate Nutrition and Dietetics students acquire a strong academic foundation of knowledge and skills to meet the required coursework and experiences to apply to either a Dietetic Internship or a Coordinated Master’s Program in Dietetics in order to become Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RDNs). 

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) will be voluntarily closing effective May 31, 2020. The last class of students that will be admitted to the DPD will be students who apply in the Spring Term of 2018 to begin the program as juniors in Fall 2018. No students will be admitted after this time. The DPD will maintain its ACEND accreditation status through May 31, 2020. Students who do not complete all DPD course requirements by May 31, 2020 will not be considered graduates of an ACEND-accredited DPD. For more information about the closure of the DPD, please contact Lori Cherok at

The Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition is offering two other programs: 

  • Coordinated Master in Nutrition and Dietetics (Coordinated MS) (pending approval by ACEND) which will provide both the didactic and the experiential practice competencies to meet eligibility requirements for the National Registration Examination for Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists and will replace the current DPD and CMD programs.
  • Bachelor of Science program in Nutrition Science provides students the knowledge to apply the science of food and nutrition to the well-being and health of people. This program does not prepare students to become Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RDNs). 

For more detailed information, please click here.

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Learn more about the mission and goals of our undergraduate Nutrition program and how it puts students on track to become Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RDNs). 

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View the admission requirements and course prerequisites for Pitt's undergraduate Nutrition program. Students should demonstrate knowledge of the profession through previous work experiences, internships, field and/or volunteer work experiences. 

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The undergraduate Nutrition program curriculum includes courses in Food Science, Nutrition Therapy and Assessment, and Nutrition Counseling.

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There are a variety of scholarship opportunities available to Nutrition students through Pitt's program and several local and national organizations.

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Program Goals and Outcomes

Learn more about our program standards through our goals and outcomes.


The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, also known as the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), is accredited by ACEND, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Only ACEND accredited programs can train individuals to become RDNs.