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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.

Erin Copley, RDN, BS, 2016
"The human nutrition program at Ohio State has been such an important pathway in my career as a (registered dietitian nutritionist). I received a traditional classroom education and opportunities to work beyond the classroom as a research subject and a research assistant in scientific studies."
- Erin Copley
RDN, BS, 2016

Choosing Dietetics at Ohio State

The comprehensive Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Ohio State will help you develop into a food and nutrition expert. You’ll influence others at many levels and facilitate lifestyle changes and choose food for optimal health. The program is your first step to becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist.

What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?

A registered dietitian nutritionist is a professional who can develop personalized nutrition plans to prevent or treat various diseases. They are food and nutrition experts who work in hospitals, public health, wellness centers, nutrition counseling and education, research and food service management.

How to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist:

  1. Complete your BS degree with the DPD at Ohio State
  2. Complete an accredited dietetic internship*
  3. Pass the National Registration Exam

Licensure and Certification Requirements

Ohio State's Didactic Program in Dietetics prepares students to obtain dietetics licensure in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification and state licensing board contact information at


The Didactic Program in Dietetics

  • The DPD is fully accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and integrated into the BS in Human Nutrition, Dietetics
  • Study nutrition-focused and science-based courses that prepare you for success in a dietetic internship and the national exam
  • Learn from dynamic and passionate professors who make this program come to life for students
  • Excellent record of helping students who successfully complete the program obtain internships (84% of DPD students who applied to internships in the last three years were matched)
  • 94 percent of DPD graduates who took the Registration Examination for Dietitians in the last five years passed it on their first attempt.

Career Paths

Most graduates go on to become registered dietitian nutritionists. Career opportunities include:

  • Clinical Dietitians
  • Public Health Nutritionists
  • Private Practice Nutritionists
  • Sports Dietitians
  • Food Industry Professionals
  • Corporate Wellness Officers
  • Nutrition Educators
  • Nutrition Researchers
  • Foodservice and Culinary Managers

Discover other career paths


Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Minimum 2.5 GPA (competitive: 3.0 GPA); 15 OSU credit hours; English 1110; Math 1148 or higher; Biology 1113; Chemistry 1210 and 1220 *application available every semester
Minimum Program Hours: 

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 requirements (46 hours), science requirement (17-19), electives (0-6 hours)
Academic opportunities: Food and Nutrition ForumStudent Dietetic Association, study abroad, Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

PDF iconProgram Handbook (includes mission, goals and objectives)

Outcome data measuring achievement of program objectives available upon request.

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics at The Ohio State University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program. 

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.

Apply to the Didactic Program in Dietetics

Current student? Applications are accepted by the second Friday of each semester (Autumn, Spring and Summer). The online application opens approximately one month prior to this deadline.

Post-baccalaureate option

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.

View the Curriculum Sheet


Tonya Orchard, PhD, RD, Associate Professor


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

Danielle Musick, MS, RD
Dietetics Program Coordinator

Undergraduate Student Services