Didactic Program in Dietetics

Students in the Nutrition Major with a Dietetic Concentration will complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). This dietetic concentration is for students who want to become registered dietitians.

An individual must complete a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Health degree from Miami University's accredited didactic program, be accepted into and complete an accredited dietetic internship and pass the registration examination for dietitians. The ACEND-accredited education programs and supervised practice that lead to the registered dietitian examination have requirements set by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Students will need to have a master's degree in order to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist after January 1, 2024. For more information see your academic advisor.

Miami University Didactic Program in Dietetics Student Handbook


Dietetics Program Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of the Miami University Dietetics Program is to prepare competent Dietetic practitioners and to contribute to the teaching, research and service mission of the university, division and department.

Miami University Dietetics Program Goals

Program Goal 1

Prepare qualified entry-level dietitians for careers in dietetics.

Program Objectives for Goal 1

Objective 1.1  Within one year of completing the program, 85% of the graduates will be placed in a dietetic internship, graduate school or employed.

Objective 1.2  Dietetic Internship Directors (over a five year period) will rate 80% of   Miami University graduates in their internship as satisfactory or higher in all survey categories.

Objective 1.3  85% of dietetic graduates rating of the program (over a five year period) will be satisfactory or higher.

Objective 1.4  85% of current dietetic students will rate the dietetic program (over a five year period) satisfactory or higher. 

Program Goal 2

Student will demonstrate a commitment to professional leadership and
community service.

Program Objectives For Goal 2

Objective 2.1  85% of dietetic graduates will participate in a professional organization.

Objective 2.2  85% of current dietetic students will participate in at least one nutrition community service project before graduation.

Objective 2.3  80% of test takers on the Commission on Dietetic Registration Examination will pass within one year of first attempt taking the exam.

Objective 2.4  85% of students enrolled in the Dietetic Program complete the program requirements within 150% of the time planned for completion.

Course Requirements

The program seeks to align with the mission of the College of Education, Health, and Society by aligning with its six core values:

  1. Embracing diversity
  2. Building community
  3. Cultivating collaboration
  4. Thinking critically
  5. Creating knowledge and
  6. Promoting well-being

Accreditation Status

The Miami University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Accreditation by ACEND ensures that graduates are eligible to apply to and, upon acceptance enter into a supervised practice program in Dietetic. Completing a supervised practice leads to eligibility to take the exam to earn Registered Dietitian Nutritionist status.

ACEND® can be contacted by:

Email: ACEND@eatright.org
Phone: 800/877-1600 ext. 5400
Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite #2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Program outcome data is available upon request.