Department of Nutrition and Metabolism


The Department of Nutrition and Metabolism's mission is to provide quality training for a diverse group of students in academia, healthcare and education by integrating clinical and professional experiences within an innovative, evidence-based curriculum. The department's research and educational activities are built upon the core values of the School of Health Professions: education, innovation, service, community and diversity.

Our department offers a full-time combined Master of Science and dietetic internship (MS/DI) with an aging concentration. Students enrolled in the MS/DI develop core professional competencies for evidence-based dietetics practice in clinical, community and food service settings. Graduates receive a verification statement and are eligible to take the examination for registered dietitian/nutritionist.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, dietetics employment opportunities are expected to increase 21% (faster than average) between the years 2012-2022. Dietitians with specialized training, an advanced degree, or certifications are projected to enjoy the best employment opportunities. Our students graduate with both an advanced degree and an aging emphasis, lending specialized knowledge to treat this rapidly growing population. We expect our graduate to be highly competitive in the growing dietetics job market.

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