Why Study Nutrition?

USF’s degree in Nutrition blends both the science and the art of nutrition. After you graduate you will be able to help others by sharing your knowledge of nutrition and how food affects your health and well-being.

To practice as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) you have to pass the national Registration Examination for Dietitians. USF’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) qualifies you to take the exam.

ACEND Accreditation Status – The USF CPD has been granted candidacy for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting body of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.


USF Nutrition majors can select from two concentrations: Community Health Promotion or Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Each concentration emphasizes some similar courses and then some courses specific to the concentration. The CPD has a separate admissions process and criteria for acceptance into the concentration.

Community Health Promotion

Our Nutrition degree with the Community Health Promotion Concentration curriculum offers coursework to gain the knowledge and professional skills to apply nutrition for disease prevention, understand nutritional biochemistry, practice basic nutrition education to the public, and plan community nutrition interventions to promote health through the lifespan.

Coordinated Program in Dietetics

What we eat has a profound impact on health. From the obesity epidemic to rising rates of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, nutrition plays a critical role in improving health outcomes. A degree in Nutrition with the Concentration in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics can lead you down any number of fascinating RDN career paths.

But, is it right for me?

We asked our professors and they said nutritionists:

  • Like to work with people and possess good communication and listening skills
  • Have compassion for other people and their nutrition and fitness habits
  • Stay organized in order to to keep track of people with various types of needs
  • Have an open mind as nutrition research often conflicts with popular opinion

Skills You'll Obtain

Conduct individual and community nutrition assessments

Understand chronic disease as well as health promotion in relation to nutrition intake

Utilize technology to assess and council clients on eating and activity habits

The USF dietetics program has been a great opportunity to expand my educational background and career, with personalized guidance from the faculty and my advisor, as well as real life application through various classes and internships. – Stephanie Wielosinski, Class of 2017

After Graduation

Types of careers you may have after you graduate include:

  • Health/Wellness Coach
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Cooperative Extension Education
  • Community Outreach Programs
  • Culinary School
  • Clinical Nutrition in Hospitals
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Government Health Agencies
  • Food Service Management Operations