Didactic Program in Dietetics Certificate

Didactic Program in Dietetics Certificate

Program Overview

https://colsa.unh.edu/anfs/nutritional-sciences-graduate-program

The Didactic Program in Dietetics Certificate is a two semester, 21-credit program that prepares students to enter a dietetic internship.  This certificate program is designed for students who previously received a bachelor’s degree and are seeking a Verification Statement, which is the documentation required to enter a dietetic internship.  Eligibility criteria include a previous bachelor’s degree (in any field) and successful completion of the prerequisite courses.  Please refer to our website for details.

The path to becoming a registered dietitian includes earning a bachelor’s degree (in any field), completing an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (this may be completed at the undergraduate or graduate level), completing an accredited Dietetic Internship, and passing the National Registered Dietitian Exam.  The University of New Hampshire’s DPD curriculum is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  Coursework includes a variety of science and professional courses that meet the ACEND required knowledge.  Course instructors incorporate a variety of educational techniques including in-class learning and hands on clinical and simulation experiences.  Approximately 70-80% of our graduating students who apply for dietetic internships are matched to an internship during their final semester.   

Application Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree with GPA > 3.0
  2. Completion of prerequisite courses within the past 10 years with a combined GPA > 3.2
  3. Earned > B in the introductory nutrition course (NUTR 400 or equivalent)
  4. Earned > C+ in the Anatomy and Physiology I or Chemistry I course (BMS 507 or Chem 403 or approved equivalent)

Prerequisite Courses at UNH (or approved equivalent from outside institution): 

DPD Professional Courses
ABM 508Managerial Accounting4
or ACFI 501 Survey of Accounting
ENGL 401First-Year Writing4
HMGT 403Introduction to Food Management4
HMP 401United States Health Care Systems4
NUTR 400Nutrition in Health and Well Being4
NUTR 476Nutritional Assessment4
NUTR 504Managerial Skills in Dietetics4
NUTR 550Food Science: Principle and Practice4
NUTR 610Nutrition Education and Counseling4
NUTR 650Life Cycle Nutrition4
PSYC 402Statistics in Psychology4
or SOC 502 Statistics
SOC 400Introductory Sociology4
or PSYC 401 Introduction to Psychology
DPD Science Courses
BMCB 658General Biochemistry3
BMS 501Microbes in Human Disease4
BMS 507Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHEM 403General Chemistry I4
CHEM 404General Chemistry II4
CHEM 545Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 546Organic Chemistry Laboratory2

Prerequisite Courses at UNH (or approved equivalent from outside institution): DPD Science Courses

All prerequisite courses must have been completed within the past 10 years at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.  

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

Curriculum & Requirements

Certificate Program Coursework:

NUTR 800Career Development in Dietetics1
NUTR 820Community Nutrition (May be taken fall or spring)4
NUTR 850Nutritional Biochemistry4
NUTR 875Practical Applications in Medical Nutrition Therapy4
NUTR 873Clinical Nutrition4
NUTR 880Critical Issues in Nutrition4
Total Credits21

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Accreditation Information

The UNH Didactic Program in Dietetics 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

The UNH Didactic Program in Dietetics 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

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