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Dietetics, Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition

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The comprehensive and accredited 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. 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 is your first step to becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

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Student Opportunities

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Multiple pathways to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Ohio State 

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. 

  1. Complete your BS degree with the Didactic Program in Dietetics (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

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Career Paths for Registered dietitian nutritionists

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Presented by Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors, this video explains what registered dietitian nutritionists do and how they help people improve their health with food and nutrition.

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Degree requirements

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Pre-major requirements

2.5 GPA or higher; Biology 1113, Chemistry 1210 and 1220, English 1110, Math Placement M or L or Math 1148 or higher

Major application deadline

second Friday each semester 

Dietetics is a competitive program 

Applicant review process

A holistic review of applicants is conducted each semester with a goal to admit a diverse group of students who have the potential to successfully complete the DPD and the graduate/supervised practice components required to sit for the certification exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists.

Applicants are encouraged to meet with an EHE Human Sciences academic advisor and the Dietetics Coordinator or DPD Program Director early in their college career to determine the proper courses and sequencing to increase the probability of their acceptance into the program.

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The Ohio State University’s Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400,

94% of DPD

graduates who took the Registration Examination for Dietitians in the last five years passed it on their first attempt.

87% of DPD

students who applied to internships in the last three years were matched.

A master’s degree is required beginning January 1, 2024 to take the national registration exam.

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Licensure disclosure

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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Deadline to apply

November 1

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