Food & Nutrition Programs

Welcome to the Food and Nutrition Program Page. Below are the programs we offer at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Please read each description to determine which program fits your educational needs best. You can contact the program coordinator of the program you are interested in who will be happy to answer any of your questions and get you started in a career at BGSU!

Mission Statement

The Food and Nutrition Program at Bowling Green State University is committed to recruiting, retaining, and graduating students from diverse backgrounds. We provide undergraduate students with an innovative, scientifically based educational foundation within a learning community that encourages and respects the viewpoint and lived experience of each person. Students are engaged in addressing the food and nutrition needs of diverse communities, families, and individuals across the lifespan (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, age, gender, ability, socioeconomic status, religion, and sexual orientation). The program successfully transitions graduates into a variety of professional settings, such as accredited supervised practice programs, graduate/professional school settings, and the workforce, congruent with their professional goals.   

Undergraduate Programs


Dietetics: an interdisciplinary science that studies the application of the principles of human nutrition and foods and starts you on the path to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Graduates who successfully complete this 4-year ACEND-accredited undergraduate didactic dietetics program at Bowling Green State University, will earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics, and a Verification Statement, which make you eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program (also called a Dietetic Internship) after graduation. If you already have a degree, and would like to become an RDN, this program would be the place to start.

Carrie M. Hamady, EdD, MS, RD, LD, FAND
  • Position: Clinical Professor
    Director, Undergraduate Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Phone: Office: 419.372.0290 | Fax: 419.372.2881
  • Email:
  • Address: 137 Health and Human Services Building
    Bowling Green, OH 43403

Nutrition Sciences

Nutrition Sciences: A study of the physiological interactions between food and the human body. This research-oriented degree provides excellent preparation for admission to professional schools, such as medicine or dentistry, or graduate studies in nutrition, food science, or bio-molecular sciences. Graduates may also enter laboratory research careers in the food, nutrition, and pharmaceutical industries, e.g. research and development, quality assurance, sales, and marketing. Students in Nutrition Sciences have opportunities to gain invaluable experience with various research methods and develop skills in a variety of laboratory settings.

Jonathan Kershaw, Ph.D.
  • Position: Assistant Professor of Food and Nutrition
    Department of Public and Allied Health
  • Phone: 419-372-4579
  • Email:
  • Address: 136 Health and Human Services Building

FN Graduate Programs

Dietetic Internship Program

Dietetic Internship Program: provides a pathway that allows students to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). To start this program, you need to have a Verification Statement from an accredited DPD and match through the computerized DICAS process. Upon successful completion of 1000 hours of supervised practice and graduate classes, which will enhance your knowledge base and critical thinking skills, you will receive a DI Verification Statement. This establishes your eligibility to sit for the national Registration Exam administered by the Commission of Dietetics Registration. We have both on-campus and distance options for the internship.

Laura Brubaker
  • Position: Assistant Clinical Professor, Director, Dietetic Internship Program
  • Phone: Office: 419.372.8941 | Fax: 419.372.2881
  • Email:
  • Address: 121 Health and Human Services Building
    Bowling Green, OH 43403

Master of Food and Nutrition

Master of Food and Nutrition (MFN): for students who have a baccalaureate degree in a food, nutrition, or a related field and have an interest in the advanced study of food and nutrition. The MFN alone will not meet the requirements to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist but can be coupled with the Dietetic Internship if you meet the admission qualifications of that program. We have both on-campus and distance options for this degree. We also offer a Food and Nutrition Graduate Certificate (FNGC). The certificate can be completed 100% online and includes 15-credit hours. The FNGC may be desired by students currently pursuing other graduate degree programs or the dietetic internship who have an interest in advanced study of food and nutrition but do not wish to complete a graduate degree.

Kerri Lynn Knippen, PhD, MPH, RDN/LD, BC-ADM, FAND
  • Position: Assistant Professor, Graduate Studies Coordinator
  • Phone: 419-372-8316
  • Email:
  • Address: 122 Health and Human Services Building, Bowling Green, OH 43403

Updated: 12/14/2023 04:45PM