Dietetics is the science of managing food and nutrition to promote health. Registered dietitians are food and nutrition experts who provide nutritional services in hospitals, schools, nursing care facilities, and other institutions. These essential health care professionals are responsible for developing food and nutrition programs to prevent and treat illness or promote general dietary health.
Researchers from the department launched the Nutrition Clinic at KU Medical Center to serve the local community. It features the Bod Pod – a highly specialized piece of equipment used measure body composition. KU has the only one currently available to the general public in the region. Video of the Bod Pod, nutrition services offered and more
This program prepares graduates for a career as a registered dietitian. A baccaleureate degree from an accredited university or college and completed coursework approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics is required. Graduates are eligible for the registration examination to acquire the RD credential.
for working professionals or graduate students, students in this program acquire
knowledge to function as a skilled advisor to the patient and a collaborative
member of multidisciplinary health care teams. Students may enter with bachelor's or master's degrees in dietetics, nutrition,
biological sciences or other healthcare professions.
Designed for professionals in nutrition and other careers with a science background, this degree offers many benefits, including expanded job opportunities and increased knowledge in the science of nutrition. An online MS degree through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance is available to registered dietitians.
Students with degrees in nutrition or biological sciences have the opportunity for clinical and translational research at a world-class academic health center renowned for its research facilities. This program emphasizes training in the core sciences of nutrition, biochemistry, biostatistics and the most advanced research methodology.