Learn more about what it would be like to be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
A Medical Dietetics major is designed to prepare students for an exciting career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for a variety of graduate and professional programs. Our program can be an excellent preparation for a variety of fields, particularly with students who have strong interest in medical research and human disease.
Dietitians work in a wide variety of health care, industry, and community settings:
- Sports nutrition
- Food service and restaurants
- Hospitals or outpatient clinics
- Business, industry, and large corporations
- Extended care facilities
- Private practice and consulting
- Schools, colleges, or universities
- Research and development
- Public health
- Community, health, and government agencies
A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist provides:
The highest level of nutrition counseling. Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, but only a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) has completed multiple layers of education and training established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). In addition to holding a bachelor's degree, an RDN must fulfill a specially designed, accredited nutrition curriculum, complete an extensive supervised program of practice at a foodservice organization or community agency and pass a rigorous registration exam. Roughly half of all RDNs hold graduate degrees and many have certifications in specialized fields, such as sports, pediatric, renal, oncology or gerontological nutrition.
Personally tailored advice. When you see an RDN, the last thing you'll get is one-size-fits-all diet advice. After learning about your health history, favorite foods, eating and exercise habits, an RDN will help you set goals and prioritize. Follow-up visits will focus on maintenance and monitoring your progress.
Help managing chronic diseases. If you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer it can be hard to know what to eat. An RDN reviews your individual health history and creates the optimal nutrition plan that will help treat and prevent complications of your condition.
Guidance navigating food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances. When you suffer from conditions such as celiac disease, food allergies or lactose intolerance, it's easy to be overwhelmed by what you think you can't eat. That can translate into a boring diet and may even lead to nutrient deficiencies. An RDN can teach you all the right steps so you’ll know which ingredients to avoid and a help you find substitutions to keep your diet balanced and tasty, too.
A weight loss program that really works. Fad diets may sound like the quick ticket to weight loss, but they rarely work for very long. A registered dietitian or registered dietitian nutritionist will partner with you to develop a safe, effective weight loss plan that you can stick with for the long haul. To guide and motivate you, an RDN will use creative and out-of-the-box strategies to help with meal planning, grocery shopping, food journaling and mindful eating.