Nutrition and Food Sciences

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The nutrition and food science program, dietetics emphasis, is designed for students desiring preparation for careers as registered dietitians and nutritionists. The dietetics option meets the academic requirements of the American Dietetic Association as a Didactic Program in Dietetics. After students complete the BS degree, they qualify to apply for a dietetic internship which is required before completing the registration exam to become a registered dietitian. MTSU offers a graduate degree in Human Sciences with the emphasis in nutrition and food science.

EMPLOYMENT OBJECTIVE: Registered Dietitian, Consultant, Licensed Nutritionist, Food Systems Manager, Food Industries, Sales Representative for Food Companies and Pharmaceutical/Nutritional Products Companies, Research/Education

DESCRIPTION OF HEALTH CAREER: Dietitians and nutritionists plan food and nutrition programs, supervise meal preparation, and oversee the serving of meals. They prevent and treat illnesses by promoting healthy eating habits and recommending dietary modifications. For example, dietitians might teach a patient with high blood pressure how to use less salt when preparing meals, or create a diet reduced in fat and sugar for an overweight patient. Dietitians manage food service systems for institutions such as hospitals and schools, promote sound eating habits through education, and conduct research. Many dietitians specialize, becoming a clinical dietitian, community dietitian, management dietitian, or consultant.

Nutritionist-public health clinics, government programs, senior citizen centers day care centers, fitness centers Food Systems Manager-restaurants, schools, institutions, industry, health care facilities Food Industry-quality assurance, product testing, sales and promotion

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 4 years for the BS degree

DEPARTMENT: Human Sciences

CONTACT: Dr. Lisa Sheehan-Smith; Box 86 MTSU 615-898-2090

For more information about the nutrition and food sciences program, visit the Nutrition and Food Science Department website.

Check out some other useful links:
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Dieticians and Nutritionists
American Dietetic Association