Nutrition Major: Dietetics Option B.S.

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Nutrition Major: Dietetics Option B.S.

At UNH, you have three curriculum options (Dietetics Option, Nutrition and Wellness Option, Nutritional Sciences Option) for pursuing a bachelor's degree in nutrition. Most students declare an option within the nutrition major during the second semester of their sophomore year.

Below read more about our Dietetics option.

Program Overview

What is dietetics? 

Dietetics is the study of the ways in which food and nutrition affect human health. Students in this program learn how to provide nutrition information to individuals and families to improve their health and wellbeing. This degree option is the first step toward becoming a registered dietitian, who is someone engaged in the assessment, diagnoses and treatment of nutritional problems. 

Why study dietetics at UNH? 

UNH offers a Didactic Program in Dietetics for students interested in becoming registered dietitians. The curriculum, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), provides a strong foundation in nutrition, food science, dietetics and management, with integrated laboratory and clinical experiences and numerous research opportunities with award-winning faculty. Students can also participate in UNH-in-Italy, a study-abroad program that explores the links between food culture, sustainable agriculture and the policies and issues impacting the country’s food system. Graduates are prepared for the supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist, as well as graduate school and entry-level nutrition positions that do not require an RD. 

Potential careers 

  • Business owner 
  • Consultant (hospitals and care facilities) 
  • Dietary counseling to individuals 
  • Food service industries 
  • Hospitals and nursing care facilities 
  • Outpatient centers and health practitioner offices 
  • Registered dietitian 
  • State and local government agencies

Contact

Maggie D. Begis

Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics
Clinical Assistant Professor
Phone: (603) 862-4524
Office: Agriculture, Nutrition, & Food Systems, Kendall Hall Rm 119, Durham, NH 03824
Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
Kendall Hall
129 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824
  • Haylee Colannino '17 was called out for her carrot cake at the 2016 Student Awards Presentation. OK, not only for her carrot cake. Actually, the cake was only a quick mention in a long list of impressive accolades. But apparently it’s very good.
    Haylee Colannino '17 was called out for her carrot cake at the 2016 Student Awards Presentation. OK, not only for her carrot cake. Actually, the cake was only a quick mention in a long list of impressive accolades. But apparently it’s very good.

Curriculum & Requirements

Students majoring in the dietetics option must take: (i) four Foundation courses; (ii) five Science Core courses; (iii) four Nutrition Core courses; and (iv) twelve courses for the Dietetics Option. One capstone experience, supervised and approved within the major, is required of all seniors. In addition, all other university academic requirements, including those for the Discovery Program and the University Writing Requirement, must be completed.

SAMPLE Course Sequence for Dietetics

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
NUTR 400 Nutrition in Health and Well Being 4
NUTR 401 Professional Perspectives on Nutrition 1
BMS 507 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
SOC 400
or PSYC 401
Introductory Sociology
or Introduction to Psychology
4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
 Credits17
Spring
NUTR 476 Nutritional Assessment 4
BMS 508 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
HMP 401 United States Health Care Systems 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
HMGT 403 Introduction to Food Management 4
Select one of the following: 4
PSYC 402
Statistics in Psychology  
SOC 502
Statistics  
BIOL 528
Applied Biostatistics I  
Inquiry Course 4
 Credits16
Spring
ABM 508 Managerial Accounting 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
Discovery Course 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
NUTR 550 Food Science: Principle and Practice 4
NUTR 610 Nutrition Education and Counseling 4
BMS 501 Microbes in Human Disease 4
CHEM 545
& CHEM 546
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
 Credits17
Spring
NUTR 504 Managerial Skills in Dietetics 4
NUTR 600 Field Experience in Nutrition 2
NUTR 650 Life Cycle Nutrition 4
NUTR 773 Clinical Nutrition 4
BMCB 658 General Biochemistry ( (no lab required)) 3
 Credits17
Fourth Year
Fall
NUTR 700 Career Development in Dietetics 1
NUTR 750 Nutritional Biochemistry 4
NUTR 775 Practical Applications in Medical Nutrition Therapy 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective (any course) 1-4
 Credits14-17
Spring
NUTR 720 Community Nutrition 4
NUTR 780 Critical Issues in Nutrition 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective (any course) 3-4
 Credits15-16
 Total Credits128-132

A grade of C-minus or better must be earned in all NUTR courses required by the major.

Foundation Courses

BMS 507Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
SOC 400Introductory Sociology4
or PSYC 401 Introduction to Psychology
Choose ONE statistics course4
BIOL 528
Applied Biostatistics I
PSYC 402
Statistics in Psychology
SOC 502
Statistics

Science Core Courses

CHEM 403General Chemistry I4
CHEM 404General Chemistry II4
BMS 501Microbes in Human Disease4
CHEM 545
& CHEM 546
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
BMCB 658General Biochemistry3

Nutrition Core Courses

NUTR 400Nutrition in Health and Well Being4
NUTR 401Professional Perspectives on Nutrition1
NUTR 476Nutritional Assessment4
NUTR 650Life Cycle Nutrition4

Dietetics Option Courses

NUTR 504Managerial Skills in Dietetics4
NUTR 550Food Science: Principle and Practice4
NUTR 610Nutrition Education and Counseling4
NUTR 700Career Development in Dietetics1
NUTR 720Community Nutrition4
NUTR 750Nutritional Biochemistry4
NUTR 773Clinical Nutrition4
NUTR 775Practical Applications in Medical Nutrition Therapy4
NUTR 780Critical Issues in Nutrition4
ABM 508Managerial Accounting4
HMGT 403Introduction to Food Management4
HMP 401United States Health Care Systems4

Dietetics Capstone Experience

One capstone experience, supervised and approved within the major, is required of all seniors. The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning. The capstone requirement may be satisfied through a course (NUTR 720 Community Nutrition or NUTR 780 Critical Issues in Nutrition), created work or product, or some form of experiential learning (e.g., honors thesis, mentored research project, or other special student activity).

Explore Program Details

The UNH DPD program is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The United States Department of Education recognizes ACEND as an accrediting body.

Website:  https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend
Email:  ACEND@eatright.org
Phone:  800-877-1600, ext. 5400
Mailing Address:  120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.

Date of next review: Fall 2019

Description of the Program

The University of New Hampshire Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is a baccalaureate program which provides students with the foundation knowledge and learning outcomes to fulfill the competencies established by the The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The program consists of four years of academic coursework equaling 128 credit hours of coursework which includes DPD courses, general education courses and electives.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)  Policies & Procedures Handbook is a guide for undergraduate students admitted into the Dietetics Option.

Program Mission

The mission of the dietetics program at the University of New Hampshire is to provide a quality baccalaureate program for students seeking careers in dietetics. The program is designed to meet the accreditation standards for foundation knowledge and learning outcomes of the The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics by providing a strong science-based foundation with a professional preparation in nutrition, food science, dietetics and management with integrated laboratory and clinical experiences. Students are encouraged to participate in outreach activities in addition to research, service, and academic activities. Graduates will be prepared for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialling exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist, as well as graduate school and entry level nutrition positions that do not require an RD.

Post-graduate Opportunities

Dietetics graduates, who complete a post-graduate dietetic internship and pass the national Registration Examination for Dietitians are eligible for jobs in:

  • medical nutrition therapy at healthcare facilities
  • state and local government agencies
  • food service industries
  • private practice

Dietetics students, who choose not to apply for a post-graduate dietetic internship or take a “gap year” prior to applying for a dietetic internship are eligible for jobs in:

  • state and local government agencies
  • nonprofit and community organizations
  • wellness promotion at schools, fitness center, or within industry

DPD program graduates are also eligible to take the registration examination for dietetic technicians to become a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Registered (NDTR). Professionals that hold this credential may work independently or under the supervision of an RDN in a variety of settings including:

  • healthcare facilities
  • schools
  • state and local government agencies
  • health clubs

Requirements

Course requirements for the Dietetics Option are found here.  A grade of C- or better must be earned in all NUTR courses required by the major.  Students admitted to the Dietetics Option must maintain a cumulative GPA of ≥ 3.2.

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CHANAS

Students admitted to the Nutrition major at UNH are required to declare, and be formally admitted into, one of the following options: Dietetics, Nutritional Sciences, or Nutrition and Wellness. Option descriptions can be found at https://colsa.unh.edu/agriculture-nutrition-food-systems/program/bs/nutrition-major.  Nutrition majors designate an option once they have successfully completed: 1) NUTR 400, 2) NUTR 401, & 3) BMS 507 or CHEM 403 (CHEM 411 for Wellness).

Procedure for Designating an Option in Nutrition

Initial Admission to the major as a First-year or Transfer Student

Students entering the University as first-year or transfer students may declare Nutrition as part of the UNH admission process.  First-year and transfer students who are admitted directly into Nutrition will be assigned an academic faculty advisor who will work with you throughout your course of study.

Declaring the Major as a Continuing Student within UNH

We take pride in delivering a high quality nutrition program with top notch advising and class sizes that allow for excellent interaction with faculty and peers.  To maintain these standards, we have developed policies for accepting internal transfer students into the major:

  • There are two deadlines for admission to the Nutrition major each academic year: October 1 and March 1.  Decisions will be e-communicated no later than November 1 and April 1, respectively.  Qualified students will be admitted to the Dietetics Option on a competitive and space available basis. 
  • All students interested in applying must view the Nutrition Major Information Session video, a recorded presentation that reviews the Internal Transfer Admission Policy and Application, the three Options within the program, careers opportunities, and how to apply for admission to the program.   At the conclusion of the recording instructions are provided to verify participation.  

Transfer Requirements for Existing UNH Students

UNH Nutrition Program Admission Requirements* by Option

When were you admitted to UNH? Before Fall 2016** Fall 2016 or Later
Dietetics Option
GPA Requirement > 3.0 > 3.2
NUTR 400 > B
NUTR 401 Enrolled
BMS 507 or CHEM 403 (**CHEM 411) > C+
Nutrition Sciences AND Nutrition & Wellness Options
NUTR 400 Enrolled > C-
NUTR 401 N/A Enrolled
BMS 507 or CHEM 403 (NutSci)/411(Wellness) N/A > D-

Prior to application, all students must have 1) viewed/attended info session; and 2) earned > 14 UNH credits. Applications are due Oct. 1 for Fall semester and March 1 for Spring semester.

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