Dietitians apply knowledge from physiology, biochemistry and chemistry to understand digestion of food, absorption and use of nutrients by the body at different stages of life, and the effects of nutrient deficiencies and excesses. They also draw on the social sciences to understand the socio-cultural, psychological, economic and political factors influencing choices of food. Dietitians as clinicians study the relationship between diet and chronic disease. They also monitor nutritional content of the American food supply, define and help to alleviate nutritional problems throughout the world, and work with other health professionals in promoting health and well-being for people of all ages.
Majors & Minors Offered
MINORS:Food and Nutrition
CERTIFICATE:Dietetic Internship Distance Certificate Program
COMING SOON:BS Vegetarian Culinary Nutrition andMPH in Nutrition (online)
What can you do with this degree?Most of the growth that is occurring in health professions is happening in the allied health careers. Dietetics is an example of an allied health career that is consistently on the Bureau of Labor Statistics list of highly desirable professions that enjoy good salaries and job security due to their role in the health care system and because demand outstrips supply. Minority students are especially needed in the allied health professions, as blacks are underrepresented in almost every health profession. However, good academic preparation is vital to success. Therefore, the curriculum and advisement for programs in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics are designed to maximize academic success and support the University’s mission to assist in the development of Christian character.
The following are a list of possible practice settings for Registered Dietitians:
By joining our program you will have the opportunity to participate in:
Application for Admission
Bachelor of Science in Dietetics:
Exit ExaminationAll students are required to take an exit examination prior to graduation from the Dietetics and Distance Dietetic Internship programs. Evaluation of conceptual skills, techniques of projects, and laboratory performances will be included in the examination. All dietetics majors must pass the exit examination with 75 percent proficiency before graduation.
Nutrition & DieteticsCooper Science Complex7000 Adventist Blvd NWHuntsville, AL 35896Phone: (256) 726-7228Fax: (256) 726-7232
Chair: Joycelyn M. Peterson, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., R.D.N.(256) 726-7219
Director: Teymi D. Herring MS. RD.(256) 726-7230