Nutrition and Dietetics
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- Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
- Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics with a Special Emphasis in Culinary Arts
- Dietetic Internship
- Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics-Medical Dietetic emphasis or Nutrition and Physical Performance emphasis
- Master of Public Health/Nutrition and Dietetics joint degree minors
Overview: Dietetics is the application of food and nutrition knowledge to promote health, prevent disease and minimize disability. Registered dietitians (RDs) are food and nutrition experts. They promote sound nutrition practices that help shape food choices throughout the life cycle. The undergraduate program develops competitive applicants for dietetic internships, an essential step in becoming a RD.
Curriculum: The curriculum builds upon a strong foundation in the sciences and includes unique aspects such as the study of nutrition topics in the media, investigation of ethnic meal patterns, and hands-on exposure within clinical and culinary settings. Also unique is curricular thread in sustainable food systems and a teaching garden. Students enjoy small classes and individual attention from faculty. Study may be full-time or part-time and transfer students are welcome. Students may opt for a general course of study in dietetics, one with an emphasis in culinary arts, or one that fulfills requirements for medical school, physician assistant education, and other health professions schools. All curricular options meet the requirements of the American Dietetic Association.
Faculty: Faculty are recognized as experts in the field and pursue research and teaching interests in the areas of nutrition education, sports nutrition, nutrition support/enteral nutrition, cardiovascular nutrition, healthful trends in food service, community nutrition, geriatric nutrition, quality assurance, health service utilization, women's health and fitness, and sustainable food systems.
Careers: The career possibilities are endless! RDs work in medical centers, HMOs, and other health care facilities. They also obtain positions in sports nutrition, community and public health, universities, and with food and pharmaceutical companies. Students completing the culinary emphasis are uniquely prepared to meet the needs of individuals demanding nutritious, great tasting foods.
Get Involved: The student formed Saint Louis University Dietetic Association promotes nutrition and dietetics and offers opportunities for service and leadership. Departmental welcome picnics, open houses, holiday parties and research presentations provide opportunities to meet other students and socialize with faculty. The faculty is committed to developing individualized experiences and fa