Viterbo’s nutrition science program prepares students to become registered dietitians in just four years.
One of just two coordinated programs in dietetics statewide.
A Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science can be the foundation for career opportunities in business and industry, food and nutrition management, and public health positions. The degree can also provide skills and the prerequisites for post-baccalaureate schooling for health-related professional degrees (e.g., physicians, physician assistants, naturopathic physicians, osteopathic physicians, dentists, and veterinarians). The ultimate objective of nutrition science is to understand how nutrition can play a role in health and disease prevention and focuses on building content knowledge and skills in the broad areas of nutrition science and health care.
- County health departments
- Community agencies
- Fitness and health centers
Registered dietitians must earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and perform 1,200 hours of supervised practice. Viterbo is one of only 61 programs in the U.S. to offer coordinated programs that meet both requirements during undergraduate study, so no additional internship is required. The Community-Medical Dietetic Program at Viterbo University is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 800-877-1600.
Nutrition science is the science of nutrition and so by its nature, it encompasses other scientific disciplines including biology, chemistry, and biochemistry. It is also the study of how food and nutrients affect the human body requiring study of food science, anatomy, physiology, and psychology. The program's curriculum highlights foundational knowledge and skills as well as overall concepts, values, research methods, and applications that could prepare you to pursue a variety of career opportunities in health care and nutrition science-related industries. The ultimate objective of Nutrition Science is to understand how nutrition can play a role in health and disease prevention and focuses on building content knowledge and skills in the broad areas of nutrition science and health care.