The Department of
Nutrition & Dietetics offers an online Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition
(DCN). The DCN program is an advanced practice doctoral program with
emphasis on leadership, advanced evidence based practice and research. 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, public policy, 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.
The DCN is a fully online
program and includes a practice residency, so it is important to determine
State Authorization of Distance Education and if the applicant will be able to
do a residency in his or her home state or may have to do such elsewhere.
Please see the
UNF State Authorization
website for more
information and updates. “State Authorization of Distance Education is a
complex and dynamic environment. Prospective students should check this site
often for updates. Students are required to come onsite for 2-day workshops the
first three years of the program and also to defend their research project.