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Department of Nutrition & Dietetics

Undergraduate Program

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics offers a rigorous undergraduate program culminating in a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree. The UNF Nutrition & Dietetics Program is also called a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.

Program graduates are encouraged to pursue the registered dietitian (RD) credential (also called registered dietitian nutritionist, or RDN) which requires the completion of a competitive post-baccalaureate ACEND accredited dietetic internship and passage of the national RD examination. This credential is needed to fully practice nutrition and dietetics in Florida and in most other states. RD's work with diverse populations in a variety of settings including hospitals, out-patient and wellness centers, clinics, food and supplement companies, health agencies, nursing homes, supermarkets, school districts, universities, and mental health centers.

 After earning the B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics degree graduates can sit for the Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) examination and the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) examination and seek employment in a clinical, food service, or community setting. Other options are to seek advanced education or employment in nutrition education, food service, program management, sales, or health and fitness.

To learn more about the nutrition profession and dietetic internships, visit the website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  To view the program requirements, click here

Graduate Program

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics offers a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics with three specialization options and an online Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (DCN) with advanced practice concentration. The three MS specializations are designed for those students who wish to emphasize the application of nutritional knowledge to the design and operation of community-based health programs. There are three options to this 43-credit-hour MS program. The DCN program is a fully online program with 54-credit-hour requirements.

Option 1 Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Dietetic/Internship
The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Dietetic/Internship option enables graduates from ACEND approved didactic programs in dietetics to fulfill the requirement for a pre-professional practice experience and become eligible to sit for the National Registration Examination in addition to their program of study.  This program of study is specifically designed for students who wish to simultaneously complete an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship and a distance learning Master of Science degree in nutrition that emphasizes the application of advanced nutrition knowledge in clinical, public health, and/or community settings, or for those who wish to advance studies toward a doctoral degree. Fifteen students are admitted each fall to this four-semester full-time program and students must complete both the master’s degree and internship experience in order to receive a verification statement and sit for the Dietetic Registration Exam. This is a 43-semester hour program.  To view admission and degree requirements for the The MS/Dietetic Internship Click Here

The Dietetic Internship at the University of North Florida has been granted Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL  60606-6995, 312/899-0040 ext. 4872 or 5400.  The MS Nutrition Dietetic Internship option admits 15 students each Fall semester to the four semester full-time program. Students must complete both the Master’s Degree and the Internship experience in order to receive a verification statement and sit for the Dietetic Registration Exam. 

Options 2 and 3 The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Thesis or Non-Thesis
These two options are for Registered Dietitians  or graduates of an ACEND bacccauaureate (DPD) program in nutrition and dietetics who wish to pursue graduate training with an emphasis in clinical or community dietetics. The coursework for all these programs is delivered using an accelerated distance learning format. These M.S./Nutrition thesis or non-thesis options allow students to pursue an independent research project as a culminating experience in their master’s program or 12 pre-approved credits through a series of project, field experience, and independent study courses, respectively. To view admission and degree requirements for the MS thesis and non-thesis programs click here 


Individualized Supervised Practice Program (ISPP)

The University of North Florida’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics offers an optional dietetic practice pathway. It is a non-credit, non-degree program referred to as the Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP), made possible by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Individualized Supervised Practice Program of UNF is essentially a distance dietetic internship track that allows motivated candidates the opportunity to find and utilize facilities/agencies in the candidate's community and other locations, and complete the required supervised practice competencies with minimal supervision. Persons who wish to apply to the ISPP must complete the ISPP application for consideration for admission. The information about, and fees for, click here.


Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition

The DCN online program is an advanced practice doctoral program with emphasis on advanced evidence based practice and chronic disease prevention and treatment in underserved and other populations in both clinical and community settings. In contrast to a PhD in Nutrition, which is generally focused on bench research, this degree focuses on practice and emphasizes production of applied scholarship and evidence-based outcomes in practice settings. The DCN will prepare practitioners for leadership roles in clinical, community or higher education settings through the course work, advanced practice residency, and the production of applied scholarship.

Graduates will gain expertise and skills in chronic disease prevention, clinical treatment, cultural competency, critical thinking, and outcomes research to become advanced level nutrition and dietetics practitioners and researchers. The curriculum will integrate evidence-based practice in nutrition and dietetics to provide the foundation for completion of an outcome based research project. The significance of developing an advanced practice Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition is evident from the increasing prevalence of dietary-related chronic diseases (such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, certain cancers, and renal disease). Graduates of the program will be rigorously trained to provide leadership in dietary prevention, intervention, and treatment of chronic disease at the individual and population level.

Admission Requirements

To view admission and degree requirements for the DCN Program click here.


Department of Nutrition & Dietetics Faculty

Judith Rodriguez, Ph.D., R.D.N, L.D./N., F.A.D.A., Professor & Chair

Program Directors 

Jacqueline Shank, M.S., R.D.N., L.D./N, Undergraduate Program Director & Senior Instructor
Catherine Christie, Ph.D., R.D.N., L.D./N., F.A.N.D., Associate Dean & M.S. Nutrition Program Director
Claudia Sealey-Potts, Ph.D., R.D.N, L.D./N., F.A.N.D.,  M.S./D.I. Director and Assistant Professor
Lauri Wright, Ph.D., R.D.N, L.D./N, Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition Program Director 


Andrea Altice, M.S., R.D.N, L.D./N., Instructor and Food Lab Coordinator
Andrea Y Arikawa, Ph.D., M.P.H, R.D.N, Assistant Professor 
Jenna Braddock, M.S.H., C.S.S.D., R.D.N, Instructor and Community Coordinator
Alireza Jahan-Mihan, Ph.D., R.D.N, Assistant Professor
Corinne Labyak, PhD, R.D.N, Assistant Professor
Jill Snyder, M.S.H., R.D.N, Instructor and HUN2201 Coordinator
Zhiping Yu, Ph.D., R.D.N, Assistant Professor 
Frances Siver, M.S., R.D.N., L.D/N., ISSP Coordinator