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Graduates with undergraduate degrees in nutrition work in a wide variety of settings in health care, business and industry, sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs, community and public health, and in food and pharmaceutical research. Medical and health-care facilities may require that an individual be credentialed as a registered dietitian (RD).

IUP offers a degree program with two tracks: Dietetics and Nutrition. Within the degree program, the student will also select a natural science option dependent upon his or her academic preparation and career goals.

Supporting Students and the Learning Process

The department mission is compatible with both the institution and college mission. As an institution, IUP is committed to the teacher-scholar model. The nutrition degree programs focus on a learner-centered environment where the student is equipped to develop leadership skills, develop critical-thinking abilities, continue in lifelong learning, and pursue professional goals in the dietetic discipline. The mission of the department fits within the College of Health and Human Services in the helping and service-oriented professions. The Food and Nutrition Department faculty guide students by utilizing

  • Hands-on learning
  • Service learning
  • Interactive instruction
  • Application experiences in the laboratory and classroom
  • Field-based programs

The undergraduate dietetic curriculum prepares students as professionals for a variety of career opportunities in health care, food service administration, the food industry, public health, community education, and food and nutrition research. Each student must complete 120 credit hours to graduate, including 53 hours in Liberal Studies.

Students who complete the undergraduate dietetic curriculum will receive a Program Verification Statement after degree requirements are verified by the dean's office.

The expertise, professional involvement, experience, and high standards of teaching and mentoring exemplified by the department's faculty are shared with students through course offerings, advisement, and departmental activities and seminars.

In addition, graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics are eligible to apply for an ACEND-accredited dietetics internship. Earning a bachelor's degree in dietetics is the first step toward becoming a registered dietitian, the expert recognized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The second step is to complete an accredited dietetic internship and then, finally, pass the national Registration Examination.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania offers a combined dietetic internship and graduate program in food and nutrition. Upon the completion of the dietetic internship, the student may take the ADA Registration Exam to be credentialed as a registered dietitian.

Application materials are available from the Office of Admissions.

For applicants with a bachelor's degree from an accredited United States institution:

Information about how to complete a DPD (Didactic Program in Dietetics) program if you have already earned a baccalaureate degree can be obtained from the School of Continuing Education. Both graduate and undergraduate coursework can be applied to meeting DPD requirements. In conjunction with the Schooll of Continuing Education, an applicant's transcript will be evaluated by the Department of Food and Nutrition DPD director and/or department chairperson. Pending evaluation, a student must (1) complete a minimum of 18 applicable undergraduate/graduate credits in IUP Food and Nutrition courses, and (2) meet the requirements for DPD completion as established by the department to qualify for a DPD verification statement.

For applicants with a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution outside of the United States:

Information about how to complete a DPD program if you have already earned a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution outside of the United States can be obtained from the School of Continuing Education. Both graduate and undergraduate coursework can be applied to meeting DPD requirements. In conjunction with the School of Continuing Education, an applicant's transcript will be evaluated by the Department of Food and Nutrition DPD director and/or department chairperson. Pending evaluation, a student must (1) complete a minimum of 18 applicable undergraduate/graduate credits in IUP Food and Nutrition courses and (2) meet the requirements for DPD completion as established by the department to qualify for a DPD verification statement.

B.S. in Nutrition, Dietetics Track
This track will prepare an individual to serve as a translator of food and nutrition science information for members of the larger community.
B.S. in Nutrition, Nutrition Track
The nutrition track allows you to plan a degree program based upon career goals other than becoming a registered dietitian.
B.S. in Nutrition, Culinary Dietetics
This track combines academic preparation in nutrition with extensive hands-on learning experiences in culinary arts.
Nutrition Minor
This minor sequence is recommended for students majoring in related health disciplines.
 
  • Food and Nutrition Department
  • Ackerman Hall, Room 102
    911 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4440
  • Fax: 724-357-3007
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.