Nutrition and Dietetics

Viterbo’s nutrition sciences program boasts state-of-the-art food science labs, nutrition assessment technology, and personalized learning.

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option for Nutrition Sciences (B.S.) to Community Medical Dietetics (M.S.) with a dietetic internship

A degree in nutrition and dietetics 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 this program 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.

Bachelor Degree Practitioners:
  • Wellness counseling
  • Nutrition communications
  • Foodservice management
  • Meal planning
  • Culinary services
Master Degree Practitioners:
  • Prescribing Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Administration/Leadership
  • Global/Community/Public Health
  • Research
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy Counseling/Behavior Modification

Program Information

Students in our Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Sciences benefit from state-of-the-art food science labs, nutrition assessment technology, personalized learning from faculty with a wealth of experience in the field, and hands-on field practicum hours for career preparation. With a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Sciences degree, students are prepared for careers in  food service, health care, government, health and wellness coaching, workplace wellness, and public health. With the dietetics industry requiring a master's degree for Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) roles by 2024, Viterbo University has also been granted accreditation to offer a Master of Science in Community Medical Dietetics degree. Viterbo students interested in becoming registered dietitian nutritionists will have the option to complete our Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Sciences degree with guaranteed early entry into our Master of Science in Community Medical Dietetics. Unlike didactic programs, this master degree also includes our ACEND-accredited supervised practice, also called a dietetic coordinated internship, which is required to be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

Nutrition Sciences (B.S.)

Nutrition sciences 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, and physiology. 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.

Viterbo University's nutrition and dietetics degrees are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), an affiliate for the professional organization, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190 Chicago, IL 60606.

 

Dietetic Internship

Viterbo's Dietetic Internship is open to students who have completed the knowledge requirements as defined by the 2017 Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics' Standards of Education as part of a DPD program and who have completed a bachelor's degree.

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