The Nutrition concentration focuses 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 dietetics (DPD). Registered dietitians are food and nutrition experts. Major food manufacturers employ nutritionists and food scientists. Nutritionists may also work in journalism, education, and research. Many nutritionists work in the field of food science and technology. The Nutrition concentration is in the Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion major.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: The median annual wage for dietitians and nutritionists was $59,410 in May 2017. Employment of dietitians and nutritionists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The role of food in preventing and treating diseases, 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.
*Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Mississippi State University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.
More information about this credential and the requirements for this credential can be found at https://www.eatrightpro.org/about-us/become-an-rdn-or-dtr/dietetic-careers.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) apply the science of nutrition by utilizing nutrition knowledge to promote health and/or treat disease in hospitals, clinics, community settings, private consulting practices, sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs, newspapers and magazines, food and nutrition-related businesses and industry, pharmaceutical companies, and more. Most of these settings require completion of a supervised practice program and the RDN credential for employment. Supervised practice program entry is very competitive, so students interested in this route should begin to prepare early. For more detailed information on careers in dietetics, see the Academy’s website careers information. The Mission, Goals, and Objectives of MSU’s accredited DPD aim to guide the program to continuously improve performance of our graduates.
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). Program outcomes data are available upon request.You may contact ACEND for additional information about accreditation and MSU's accreditation status:
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 the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion's DPD is to prepare students for supervised practice programs leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in the state of Mississippi, the United States and the world, who are committed to life-long learning, equipped to improve the nutritional well-being of persons in diverse populations in urban, suburban, and rural areas.
DPD Objectives for Goal 1
DPD Objectives for Goal 2
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.
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.