Department of Nutrition & Dietetics
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 2190, 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. Many RD's are business owners as well.
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.
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 two options with this 35-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 supervised practice experience and become eligible to sit for the National Registered Dietitian (RD) 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 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 (RD) 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 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040 ext. 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 supervised practice (Internship) experience in order to receive a verification statement and be eligible to sit for the entry-level Registered Dietitian (RD) Exam.
Option 2: The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Non-internship Option
The wholly online Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/ Non-internship Option is for Registered Dietitians or graduates of an ACEND accredited baccalaureate (DPD) program in nutrition and dietetics who wish to pursue graduate training. The coursework for all these programs is delivered using an online distance learning format. Students must choose one concentration from Professional Studies in Dietetics, Nutritional Sciences, Global Health, or Healthcare Informatics. This M.S./Nutrition non-internship option allows students to pursue an independent research, thesis and or project as a culminating experience in their master’s program or getting a global health certificate, or a healthcare informatics certificate through 12-credit certificate programs
To view admission and program of study degree requirements for the MS/Non-internship programs click here
To view graduate application deadlines 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. For information and fees click here.
Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition
The Department of Nutrition & Dietetics now 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 outcomes-based 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 leadership and public policy, 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.
To view admission and degree requirements for the DCN Program click here.
Department of Nutrition & Dietetics Faculty
Lauri Wright, Dr.PH., R.D.N, L.D./N., Assistant Professor, Chair & Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition Program Director
Andrea Arikawa Ph.D., R.D.N, L.D./N, Associate Professor & Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition Program Co-Director
Claudia Sealey-Potts, Ph.D., R.D.N, L.D./N., F.A.N.D., Associate Professor and M.S./D.I. & I.S.P.P. Director
Jacqueline Shank, M.S., R.D.N., L.D./N, Senior Instructor and Undergraduate Program Director
Zhiping Yu, Ph.D., R.D.N., L.D./N., F.A.N.D., Associate Professor and M.S. Nutrition Program Director
Andrea Altice, M.S., R.D.N, L.D./N., Instructor and Food Lab Coordinator
Catherine Christie, Ph.D., R.D.N., L.D./N., F.A.N.D., Associate Dean & M.S. Nutrition Program Director
Kristen Hicks-Roof, Ph.D., R.D.N., Assistant Professor
Alireza Jahan-Mihan, Ph.D., R.D.N, Associate Professor
Corinne Labyak, PhD, R.D.N, Associate Professor
Judith Rodriguez, Ph.D., R.D.N, L.D./N., F.A.D.A., Professor
Jill Snyder, M.S.H., R.D.N, Instructor and HUN2201 Coordinator