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Dietetics and Nutrition

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Last year, the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition started a garden on campus to help educate patients and the community on the importance of vegetables and herbs for health.

Located behind Olathe Pavilion, the garden was a big success, and they now hope to expand with more raised beds and add a bench and picnic table to create a nice place for people to gather for lunch or other activities.

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Dietetics is the science of managing food and nutrition to promote health. Registered dietitians are food and nutrition experts who provide nutritional services in hospitals, schools, nursing care facilities, and other institutions. These essential health care professionals are responsible for developing food and nutrition programs to prevent and treat illness or promote general dietary health.

KU offers the following programs in the fields of dietetics and nutrition:

Dietetic Internship Graduate Certificate

Student demonstrates tube procedure.This program prepares graduates for a career as a registered dietitian. A baccaleureate degree from an accredited university or college and completed coursework approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics is required. Graduates are eligible for the registration examination to acquire the RD credential. Learn more

Dietetics and Integrative Medicine Graduate Certificate

An opportunity for working professionals or graduate students, students in this program acquire knowledge to function as a skilled advisor to the patient and a collaborative member of multidisciplinary health care teams. Students may enter with bachelor's or master's degrees in dietetics, nutrition, biological sciences or other healthcare professions. Learn more

Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition

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Designed for professionals in nutrition and other careers with a science background, this degree offers many benefits, including expanded job opportunities and increased knowledge in the science of nutrition. An online master's degree through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance is available to registered dietitians. Learn more

Ph.D. in Medical Nutrition Science

Students with degrees in nutrition or biological sciences have the opportunity for clinical and translational research at a world-class academic health center renowned for its research facilities. This program emphasizes training in the core sciences of nutrition, biochemistry, biostatistics and the most advanced research methodology. Learn more

Courses in nutrition are also available to students who are not seeking a degree or working professionals interested in continuing education.

Last modified: Mar 02, 2017

Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance

Great Plains IDEA: KU offers a distance learning master's degree through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance. This 36-credit program is open to registered dietitians or registry-eligible individuals. Learn more

Nutrition Clinic at KU Medical Center
Researchers from the department manage a clinic to serve the local community featuring the Bod Pod – a highly specialized piece of equipment to measure body composition. Video of the Bod Pod, services offered and more