Dietetics is the practical application of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease. Dietetics is an exciting and challenging profession because there are many diseases that are related to nutrition. These include coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. We offer a supportive environment with relatively small class sizes, individual attention from well qualified faculty and opportunities for elective courses. This program is only offered on campus. Additional opportunities for faculty-student interaction are available through student organizations and research projects. Our Student Dietetic Association features many interesting meetings, trips and activities. We have more than 100 dietetics majors in our dietetics program.
Highlights of the program
- Gain 30 hours of hands-on experience in the community putting all of the
knowledge and skills you have learned into practice. Many other
programs do not have this type of fieldwork imbedded in their
- Program and internship experiences that are both
accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and
Dietetics (ACEND), the only accreditation providing eligibility to take
the exam to become a Registered Dietitian
- Receive personal
attention and develop mentoring relationships with 7 full time faculty,
with class sizes averaging 35 students or less
- Utilize our
highly technical and innovative Bod Pod and practice the use of air
displacement plethysmography to measure body composition and body fat
Michigan's Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program five-year
average first-time pass rate for taking the RD exam is 93%. The national
average is 82%.
70% of Dietetic students place into post-baccalaureate internships
within the first year of graduation; the national average is 50%.
Learn about sports nutrition at CMU in this presentation by faculty member Dr. Leslie Hildebrandt: