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The reasons to choose Pitt and our Nutrition programs are plentiful!  The University has recently been named one of the top 25 Public Schools in the nation! View a comprehensive list of Pitt’s achievements.

The Nutrition programs at Pitt are housed in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) known for its world-renowned faculty, research and programs. SHRS graduates enjoy high job placement rates and exceed most national averages when it comes to professional examination scores! 

So, why should you choose Nutrition at Pitt SHRS?

Pass Rate

The 5-year first time pass rate of the National Registration Examination for Dietitians among University of Pittsburgh DPD grads is 97%.

High Dietetic Internship Placement Rate

The 3-year average acceptance rate for DPD students applying to post-baccalaureate supervised practice programs (dietetic internships or coordinated masters programs) is 81%. This exceeds the national placement rate of 50% for undergraduate nutrition students seeking Dietetic Internships.

Program Size

Approximately 25 students are admitted to the undergraduate program each year. The Nutrition and Dietetics Programs offer small class sizes that allow for individual student attention and accessible faculty with the environment and resources of a major research university and medical institution.

Expert Faculty

Our faculty are Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists and practitioners, here for the purpose of teaching. Their experience, expertise and passion are both essential and invaluable in preparing students to become the next generation of health care professionals in the ever-expanding field of nutrition.

Availability of Student Mentors

Student mentors from the Coordinated Master’s Degree program who have already been through an accredited undergraduate curriculum are available to help undergraduate students.

Coordinated Master’s Program

Students who choose to pursue our master’s degree are ahead of the game! In 2024, all incoming RDNs will be required to have a master’s degree to enter the profession.  

Student Groups

Both the undergraduate and graduate programs have a student group that’s actively involved in the community and in raising awareness about the importance of nutrition! Students are encouraged to join at any level!

A Rehab Community

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), recently ranked #12 nationally in health care by US News & World Report, provides a wide variety of clinical exposure and placement for our graduate students. Pittsburgh is not only home to UPMC but many other health care networks and facilities, providing a wealth of clinical opportunities for our students to gain real world experience and become confident clinicians. 

Active Students and Alumni

The alumni and students of our Nutrition programs are a strong and active network. Students have the benefit of connecting with alumni and the professional world through events and other activities.

Nutrition at Pitt is an integrated process that takes you to the top of the profession!