Why Study Nutrition?

Undergraduate students in the food and nutrition concentration focus on the study of nutrients in food and their relationship to health and disease. The food and nutrition concentration is an accredited didactic program in nutrition and dietetics (DP), and students become eligible for dietetic internships which lead to the professional credential, registered dietitian (RD). Registered dietitians are food and nutrition experts. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of dietitians and nutritionists to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The role of food in preventing and treating illnesses, such as diabetes, is now well known. More dietitians and nutritionists will be needed to provide care for patients with various medical conditions and to advise people who want to improve their overall health.

What will you study?

  • Food and Nutrition Sciences
  • Sciences (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physiology, Microbiology)
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Food Service System Management
  • Business, Economics
  • Communication

How to become a Registered Dietitian:

  1. Complete MSU DPD program
  2. Complete a Dietetic Internship
  3. Pass national RD exam


The Nutrition concentration in the Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion major is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association (ADA) as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Successful completion of the bachelor’s degree in the Nutrition concentration at MSU qualifies students to compete for placement in ACEND-accredited supervised practice programs (most commonly dietetic internships), which are a required next step toward earning the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential. Following completion of a supervised practice program, students are eligible to take a national registration examination to earn the RDN credential. Program outcomes data are available upon request.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone: (800) 877-1600, ext. 5400


The mission of Deportment of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion's DPD is to provide on environment that will prepare students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists.


  • DPD Goal 1: The DPD at Mississippi State University will prepare students for supervised by providing a variety of courses that will equip to students to acquire oil of the KRDNs needed to prepare graduates for supervised practice.

  • DPD Goal 2: The DPD at Mississippi State University will prepare graduates to think critically, make decisions, and solve problems.


  • DPD Objective for Goal 1.: At least 80% of DPD graduates will "agree" or "strongly agree" when surveyed that the DPD at Mississippi State University has prepared them for a career in dietetics.

  • DPD Objective for Goal 2: At least 80% of DPD graduates will "agree" or "strongly agree" when surveyed about whether they believe that the DPD at Mississippi State University has helped them develop critical thinking or decision making skills.


  • Clinical (hospital, long term care, clinics-can include specialty area such as pediatric, renal, diabetes)
  • Food Service Management
  • Business & Industry (Kraft, General Mills)
  • Community Nutrition Programs (Extension Service, Health Dept, Federal Agencies)
  • Government, Military, and Research (FDA, USDA, NIH, Colleges/Universities)
  • Consultant/Private Practice
  • Wellness & Sports Nutrition
  • Media & Trade Associations (Dairy Council, Southern Living, Cooking Light)

Transfer Guide

Students may transfer to Mississippi State University from regionally accredited community, junior or senior colleges for any period of enrollment, provided they have earned a 2.0 GPA (as computed by Mississippi State University) on all college courses attempted as well as earned a 2.0 GPA on the 30-hours of core courses. Transfer students should look at the transfer course equivalent guide to determine which courses will transfer.


Internships and/or professional experience prepares students for future careers in Food Science. A significant percentage of employers prefer students with work experience outside of a college environment to students with no experience, according to new data released by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Students should check with the MSU Career Center or the program coordinator for internship opportunities.

Graduate Studies

A Master of Science degree in Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion with a concentration in Nutrition is offered by selecting courses in Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion; Statistics; and Biochemistry. Learn More


Students may apply for university, college and departmental scholarships through one application. You can find the scholarship application once you logon to myState. Under the banner tab, select Financial Aid and Scholarships. The application is listed as Submit/Revise General Scholarship Application.


The Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion encourages its students to take advantage of the many experiences offered by the departmental student organizations and teams. Clubs are a great way to develop leadership skills and to learn about the various food industries. Visit the organizations page to find out more.

Program Director

  • Dr. Marie Allsopp
  • Undergraduate Program Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics (DP)
  • Email:
  • Phone: 662-325-1321