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.
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 (RDN).
The Didactic Program in Dietetics
- Fully accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and integrated into the BS in Human Nutrition, Dietetics
- Nutrition-focused and science-based courses that prepare you for success in a dietetic internship and the national exam
- Dynamic and passionate professors who make this program come to life
- 87% of DPD students who applied to internships in the last three years were matched)
- 94% of DPD graduates who took the Registration Examination for Dietitians in the last five years passed it on their first attempt.
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.
Multiple pathways to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Ohio State
- Complete your BS degree with the DPD
- Complete the Master of Dietetics and Nutrition; or the Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Human Nutrition Dietetic Internship*
- Pass the National Registration Exam
Other pathways and options available. Contact us to learn more.
*The Commission on Dietetic Registration requirements to become a registered dietitian nutritionist include a minimum of a master’s degree to take the national registration exam beginning on January 1, 2024.
4 Semester MDN Sample Plan
See our 4 semester MDN Program Articulation Sample Timeline and course plan for more information.
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
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)
Major coursework starting with HUMNNTR requires a minimum grade of C-.
Academic opportunities: Food and Nutrition Forum, Student Dietetic Association, study abroad, Denman Undergraduate Research Forum
Tonya Orchard, PhD, RD, Associate Professor
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. Set an appointment with an academic advisor to learn more.
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.
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 go.osu.edu/onground.