Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) are food and nutrition experts. They assess nutritional needs, provide nutrition intervention and help individuals prevent and manage disease through informed nutritional practices. Dietitians are registered and licensed to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy to groups and individual nutrition counseling and serve as nutrition consultants to other healthcare professionals.
Ohio State’s Undergraduate Coordinated Medical Dietetics Program provides students with a strong science background as well as a set of diverse practical and professional skills. Students learn the principles of nutrition for all age groups, then apply that knowledge to medical nutrition therapy, leadership and management, communication and inter-professional teamwork.
Medical Dietetics Programs are changing as we build the new future of dietetics education
- The final application cycle for the Coordinated Undergraduate Program will be January 2020. This will allow freshman of the 2019 - 2020 to complete the program by Spring 2023, prior to the implementation of the Masters degree requirement for the registration exam.
- The final DICAS matching for the MS/DI Program will occur during the February to April 2020 application.
- The Coordinated Graduate Program is no longer accepting applications. All students interested in a coordinated graduate program will complete the new Master of Dietetics and Nutrition Program.
The Future of Medical Dietetics Starts Here
The new Master of Dietetics and Nutrition degree program (MDN) in collaboration with the College of Education and Human (EHE), is designed to be a two-year coordinated program to meet entry level requirements to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) which is the credentialing body for the RDN credential is requiring candidates to have a graduate degree by the year 2024. The Ohio State University MDN will serve as a pilot program for the future graduate model for dietetics education. This model will combine graduate level coursework with multiple internship experiences in one degree. Upon successful completion, the graduate will be able to take the credentialing exam to become a RDN.
Small Classes individual attentionFrom day one, Ohio State medical dietetics students have the advantage of small class sizes that permit plenty of individual attention and mentoring from faculty and staff.
We provide translational and interdisciplinary collaborations for all students. Our students can be found harvesting produce with cancer survivors, designing menus for children with chronic disease, providing sports nutrition counseling for OSU athletes, participating in simulations and interprofessional training, conducting research, teaching at food pantries and schools, working in state-of-the-art medical facilities or alongside industry and corporate experts.
Preparation for advanced education and research
Our medical dietetics program is just the starting point for many academic careers. This major is designed to provide a strong undergraduate preparation for those students who want to pursue a career in research or further education in medicine, public health or nursing.
Strong career opportunities
Food is medicine! Nutrition is an essential component of treating and preventing disease. That translates into an excellent job market for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists that is expected to grow by 15 percent by 2026. The median annual wage for dietitians and nutritionists is $60,370.