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Dietetics is an interdisciplinary science that studies the application of the principles of human nutrition and foods. Dietetics is becoming increasingly important in the maintenance of health and the prevention of diseases for people of all ages -- from infancy to old age.

The undergraduate program in dietetics at Bowling Green State University is distinguished by:

  • Opportunities to work closely with talented faculty members who are outstanding teachers and   scholars;
  • Extensive hands-on laboratory experiences;
  • Course work that focuses on both personal and professional skills;
  • A focus on lifelong learning.

The Dietetics program at BGSU is a 4-year didactic program, otherwise known as a DPD, which leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics.  Successful completion of the program is the first step to becoming a registered dietitian.  Following completion of a Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics, graduates must apply for and complete an accredited dietetics internship and pass the national registration examination to become a registered dietitian.  Currently, getting accepted into a dietetic internship is a very competitive process with a higher ratio of graduating students to internship sites.  Please view the following links for our mission statement, program goals and outcomes (outcome data are available upon request), and how to prepare for the internship application:

The Dietetics Program is currently granted full Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606 – 6995, 1-800-877-1600 Ext. 5400 http://www.eatrightPRO.org/ACEND

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Dietetics are expected to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of biological, chemical and physical science concepts and apply these concepts to food and nutrition science.
  • Evaluate food and nutrition science problems using critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Formulate effective oral and written communications pertinent to food, nutrition, and clinical dietetics.
  • Demonstrate competency using a variety of techniques and instruments to investigate food and nutrition science problems.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate nutrition interventions and programs for individuals as well as groups using nutritional assessment and diagnosis techniques.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Dietetics program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is in good standing. For more information, click here.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Dietetics program leads to professional licensure. For more information, click here.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Dietetics program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.