Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD Program)
- Activities and Accomplishments
- Undergraduate Curriculum
- Graduate Curriculum
- Undergraduate Course Descriptions
- Graduate Course Descriptions
- Faculty and Research Staff
Mission & Overview
As the scope of dietetics broadens, teaching activities and learning activities should provide students with a strong foundation in liberal arts and sciences, technology and information systems, food science, food service management, and nutrition. Graduates of the Nutrition and Dietetics program will obtain a culturally versatile and evidence-based education that prepares them to promote the nutrition and well-being of individuals and groups in a variety of settings and confidently fulfill jobs in food service, community nutrition, and dietetics. Students may pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, also known as the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program, or a Master of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.
The mission of the University of District of Columbia Nutrition and Dietetics Program (known also as the Didactic Program in Dietetics) program is to ensure graduates will have the skills and knowledge to serve as professionals who deliver dietetic services in community, food service, management, and clinical settings and are prepared for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. The program offers an evidence-based curriculum that is comprehensive and provides a variety of practical experiences in the local community, clinical and governmental organizations.
Goals and Objectives
The DPD program has developed the following goals. Faculty, the Nutrition Advisory Board, students, alumni, and administrators of UDC contributed to the development and assessment of program goals.
DPD Goal #1: The DPD will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians that apply knowledge and skills gained during the DPD.
- 80% of the program graduates who take the CDR registration examination will pass on the first attempt.
- 80%percent of the program graduates who take the CDR registration examination will pass within one year.
- At least 80% of graduates will be enrolled in a dietetic internship and/or graduate program or will be employed within two years of graduation from the DPD.
- At least 80% of graduates will rate overall knowledge gained during the DPD as at least satisfactory (2) on sz cale of 1-3.
- At least 80% of surveyed employers and DI directors will rate all assessed entry-level knowledge and skills of DPD graduates as “satisfactory” on average on scale of 1-5.
DPD Goal #2: To produce graduates with critical thinking skills necessary for supervised evidence-based practice, for leadership development and for graduate study.
- 80% of the DPD students will complete or participate in one service-learning activity prior to completing the program, and will rate their experience on average 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
- Over a 5-year period, 65% of DPD graduates will apply to supervised practice programs within 12 months of program completion.
- Over a 5-year period, 60% of DPD students who apply to supervised practice programs will be accepted during the same year they complete DPD requirements
- Over a 5-year period, 40% of students not entering supervised practice programs during the year they complete the program will gain acceptance into graduate school.
- Over a 5-year period, 40% of students not going onto supervised practice programs or graduate school the year they complete the program will secure employment in nutrition.
- Over a 5-year period, at least 10% of graduates will identify their engagement in professional leadership roles.
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics consists of 124 credit hours, which include 27 credit hours of general education courses, 58 credit hours of nutrition core courses and, 39 credit hours of science supportive courses. The course sequence emphasizes study in chemistry, biology, human anatomy, nutrition, food science and technology, medical nutrition therapy, nutrition education, nutrition through the life stages, food service management, and general education courses. The program curriculum fulfills the knowledge requirements of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Didactic Program in Dietetics, approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
For more information on the graduate program in Nutrition and Dietetics click here.
- Nutrition educator
- Community nutritionist
- Food service director or manager
- Hospital or clinical dietitian
- Nutrition consultant
- Nutrition writer, journalist or app creator
Cost & Financial Aid
In addition to UDC’s tuition, students in the Nutrition and Dietetics program are expected to cover costs as follows:
- The purchase of a lab coat (available in the UDC Bookstore).
- The purchase of program textbooks (available in the UDC Bookstore).
- Travel-related costs associated with practicum community site visits.
Nancy Chapman, MPH, RD
DPD Program Director
Allison Miner, EdD, MS, LDN
Graduate Program Director in Nutrition
The DPD fulfills the academic requirements for a student to become a Registered Dietitian (RD), and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND):
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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