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Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Dietetics

A bachelor's degree specializing in dietetics is your first step to becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist. Our comprehensive approach to food, nutrition and diet will help you become an expert, teaching people how to make healthful food choices to maintain healthy minds and bodies.

"The program at OSU was the perfect fit to equip me with the knowledge and expertise to become a confident, educated nutrition professional as well as a registered dietitian. With a diversified curriculum, incorporating various disciplines, I was exposed to numerous areas of nutrition. This multidisciplinary program not only can boast a challenging and skillfully constructed schedule of classes but also a dynamic, brilliant group of professors who have an undeniable passion for nutrition education. These professors truly made this program come to life, incorporating creative teaching styles that often went beyond the typical classroom lecture."

Stephanie Weaver, BS, 2014
Master's student, Human Nutrition, The Ohio State University


The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Ohio State is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics preparing students to become registered dietitian nutritionists. There are three steps you must successfully complete to accomplish this:

  1. Complete a dietetics program at an accredited university
  2. Complete an accredited dietetic internship, such as the Ohio State Human Nutrition Dietetic Internship. Get a complete list of internships from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  3. Pass the National Registration Exam

Registered dietitian nutritionists are the professionals who can develop personalized nutrition plans to prevent or treat various diseases. They are food and nutrition experts who work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, public health, wellness centers, nutrition counseling and education, research and food service management.

Specialization in dietetics

In this competitive dietetics program, you will study a variety of nutrition-focused and science-based courses, including: physical and biological sciences, human anatomy, biochemistry, human physiology, advanced nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and food service systems and management.

Review the current dietetics program sheet for more details on your studies. We've also created a useful plan and have helpful academic advisors to help you schedule your bachelor's program in dietetics at Ohio State.

A high percentage of students who successfully complete the dietetics program are then matched to a dietetic internship.

Dietetic internship

The second step to becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist is a supervised internship. The selection process varies, but generally your GPA, work experience, leadership qualities and personal character are important.

Acceptance into an accredited dietetic internship program is competitive. Our DPD has an excellent track record of helping many students obtain internships. In recent years, about 75 percent of students who apply have been matched to a program of their choice by the time they graduate.

Registration Examination for Dietitians

Successful completion of the bachelor's program and dietetics internship qualifies you to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Between 2012-2014, 90 percent of DPD graduates who took the exam passed on their first attempt.

Career Paths

Registered dietitian nutritionists have a wealth of career options. You might provide specialized diets to hospitalized patients and help them understand how to continue their nutrition therapy after discharge. Public health opportunities could include joining with public officials and nonprofits to fight food insecurity. You might counsel mothers on how to encourage preschoolers to eat wholesome meals. Maybe you'd like to be involved in nutrition research. Or you might oversee that chefs and servers safely store, prepare and serve delicious, health meals.

Program Requirements

Prerequisites: Minimum 2.5 GPA (competitive: 3.0 GPA); 15 OSU credit hours; English 1110; Math 1148 or higher; Biology 1113; Chemistry 1210 and 1220
Minimum semester hours to degree completion: 120
Coursework: Physical and biological sciences, human anatomy, biochemistry, human physiology, advanced nutrition, food service systems and management
Course requirements: University courses (50-54 hours), major courses (46 hours), science requirement (17-19), electives (0-6 hours)
Academic opportunities: Food and Nutrition Forum, Global Nutrition Club, study abroad, Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

Program Handbook

Apply to the Didactic Program in Dietetics
Applications are accepted by the first Friday of each semester (Autumn, Spring and Summer). The online application opens approximately one month prior to this deadline.

Note: If you are interested in completing the Didactic Program in Dietetics and are a graduate student or have already completed a bachelor's degree, use this application to be considered for the program.


Tonya Orchard, PhD, RD, Assistant Professor


Human Nutrition
325 Campbell Hall
1787 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Danielle Musick, MS, RD
Dietetics Program Coordinator

Undergraduate Student Services