Students in WCU’s Nutrition and Dietetics program gain an in-depth understanding of anatomy, physiology, metabolism and nutrition science to help people improve their health. Graduates may work in nutrition education or, with additional studies and credentials, become registered dietitians and leading food and nutrition experts. Graduates are prepared to work with a variety of populations from pediatrics to geriatrics in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities; public health organizations; government and nonprofit agencies; community centers; wellness and fitness centers; nursing homes; school systems; and private practices.
The Nutrition and Dietetics program includes two accredited programs by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND): an undergraduate didactic program in dietetics (DPD), and a graduate Master of Health Sciences- Nutrition concentration that includes a dietetic internship (DI). Both programs focus on a sound academic foundation that facilitates the development of effective, engaged dietetic professionals who will integrate their knowledge, skills, and values in application of current evidence in nutrition science to improve the health of individuals and diverse communities.
Students who complete the undergraduate nutrition major requirements must meet the requirements for and complete the internship at the master’s level in order to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.