The Future of Medical Dietetics Starts Here

Our undergraduate programs in Medical Dietetics are no longer accepting applications as we have transitioned to a Master of Dietetics and Nutrition degree program to meet the 2023 credentialing requirements. 

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.

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.

Medical Dietetics Programs are changing as we build the new future of dietetics education

  • The final application cycle for the Coordinated Undergraduate Program has closed. This allows our freshman of the 2019 - 2020 cycle to complete the program by Spring 2023, prior to the implementation of the Masters degree requirement for the registration exam.
  • 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.

Small Classes individual attention

From 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.

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