The Master of Dietetics and Nutrition (MDN) is a 2-year clinical Masters program that seamlessly integrates didactic coursework with supervised practice experience so that upon graduation, the student is eligible to sit for the National Registration Examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). The curriculum includes all knowledge and practice skills required to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and to obtain a license. With an emphasis on applied medical nutrition therapy, the MDN program employs competency-based education based on the accreditation standards of the Accreditation Council of Nutrition and Dietetics Education (ACEND) Future Education Model. 

Students will begin the initial didactic coursework in dietetics and transition into a model of immersive clinical and didactic experiences. Students will complete a graduate project or case study as the final step toward earning a clinical Masters degree, upon completion of all program requirements.

The Master of Dietetics and Nutrition is a joint program of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and College of Education and Human Ecology. The college and school both have rich histories in dietetics education. Medical dietetics in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences was the first program in the United States, created in 1961, to provide coordinated instruction and clinical experiences. The Human Nutrition Dietetic Internship, in College of Education and Human Ecology, has offered interns high-quality training and a broad spectrum of opportunities in personalized nutrition counseling since 1989.

Program Mission

The Masters of Dietetics and Nutrition, in conjunction with available expertise from the university and surrounding community, prepares high caliber, creative and resourceful Registered Dietitian Nutritionists for current and future practice through didactic and supervised practice courses consistent with the Standards of Education for Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Program Vision

The MDN is an educational program within a land-grant university offering a liberal education in the field of dietetics supported by diverse faculty and practitioners. Together we are committed to providing a broad based education steeped in the science, arts and humanities; furnishing collaborative and interdisciplinary experiences in a variety of practice settings; and embracing new technology and standards in modeling professional practice.

Accreditation

The Master of Dietetics and Nutrition program is accredited by:

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