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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 (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

  1. Complete your BS degree with the DPD
  2. Complete the Master of Dietetics and Nutrition; or the Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Human Nutrition Dietetic Internship*
  3. 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 PDF icon4 semester MDN Program Articulation Sample Timeline and course plan for more information.


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)
Major coursework starting with HUMNNTR requires a minimum grade of C-.
Academic opportunities: Food and Nutrition ForumStudent Dietetic Association, study abroad, Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

PDF iconProgram Handbook (includes mission, goals and objectives)

Download Sample Course Plan (includes pathway to Master of Dietetics and Nutrition)

View the Curriculum Sheet


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.

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.

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


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