The dietetics program focuses on the study of food and nutrition in relation to preventing and treating disease and maintaining and promoting good health. Dietetics is a people-oriented, science-focused and evidence-based field.

Studying dietetics is the first step toward earning the registered dietitian professional credential. Many dietitians work in clinical health care settings such as hospitals and extended-care facilities.

The MSU Dietetics undergraduate program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) in Nutrition and Dietetics as a didactic program in dietetics (DPD) that meets or exceeds the minimum academic requirements for professionally qualified dietitians. MSU has one of the largest dietetics programs in the United States.


Core areas of study include:

  • Nutrition and foods
  • Chemistry and biochemistry
  • Physiology and psychology
  • Management skills and processes
  • Medical nutrition therapy

Enrollment in the dietetics major is limited, and the profession requires acceptance into a competitive post-bachelor’s dietetic internship in order to be eligible to take the registered dietitian examination. Learn more about the dietetics major entry requirement.

Learn more about requirements courses in the undergraduate dietetics program.

Mission, Goals, and Objectives of the MSU DPD program

Career Opportunities

A large number of dietitians work in a clinical practice like a hospital or extended care facility. Many also work in community health settings, such as at a health departments and with programs for at-risk populations, including children and seniors. Some dietitians' responsibilities are concentrated in the food service operations where dietary modifications may be necessary.

Dietetics prepares students for a variety of career paths:

  • Clinical nutrition practice
  • Public health nutrition
  • Corporate wellness/health promotion
  • Higher education
  • Food industry
  • Food service management
  • Private practice/nutritional counseling

Faculty members and advisors maintain close relationships with past graduates, which can help with internships, scholarships and employment in nutrition, dietetics and food-related fields.

Students preparing fruit for Beauty and Beast themed meal

MSU Culinary Services and dietetics students win award

July 13, 2018

MSU Culinary Services, working with dietetics students in HNF 445, Foodservice Management Practicum, received an award from the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS).

Student Life

In addition to student jobs and internships, there are study abroad and undergraduate research opportunities.

There are also a variety of student clubs and organizations including:

  • Food and Nutrition Association
  • Nutritional Sciences Student Organization
  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Education Club
  • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences

Human Health Majors

  • Biosystems Engineering

    Combining biology with engineering, biosystems engineers make sure we have our daily essentials: safe and plentiful food to eat, pure water, clean energy sources, and a safe environment to live in.

  • Dietetics

    The dietetics program helps students develop expertise in nutritional assessment and care, as well as food service management systems.

  • Food Industry Management

    The Food Industry Management program provides a system-wide perspective of managerial problems confronting firms in the food industry, recognizes the increasing interdependence among such firms and focuses on creating consumer value.

  • Food Science

    Food Science is a multidisciplinary field applying chemistry, microbiology, engineering and nutrition to develop new food products and design processes to improve the safety and quality of foods.

  • Nutritional Sciences

    Nutritional Sciences focuses on the biological and physical sciences of nutrition and its relationships to human health with concentrations in biomedical and molecular nutrition, global nutrition and health and public health nutrition.

  • Packaging

    Packaging is a multidisciplinary program focused on all aspects of the industry from materials and processes through systems development and testing.

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