Study the art and science of nutrition — and then launch a high-impact career in health promotion or as a Registered Dietitian. Our program will give you the knowledge, skills, and real-world experience needed to step into the field as a fully-prepared professional.
A concentration in Health Promotion is ideal for those who want to work in disease prevention, food service, or nutrition education — all with the goal of promoting lifelong health. The curriculum focuses on nutrition education for disease prevention and management. Students work with a variety of community partners, contributing to projects that serve local needs.
The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) concentration will prepare you to become a Registered Dietitian — an in-demand career! Students apply to this program in their sophomore year in order to complete the required practicum experience. The curriculum includes supervised practice in food service management, clinical medical nutrition, and community nutrition. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration Exam*.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) defines a registered dietitian nutritionist as a “food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential RDN.” Many work environments, particularly those in medical and health-care settings, seek credentialed RDNs.
Students in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics complete a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practicum experience, gaining real-life experience in:
Sample sites include hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools, food service operations, food banks, and many others.
Jobs for dietitians and nutritionists are expected to grow 15% by 2026 (per U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)!
I’m amazed at how much I’m learning, from the faculty and the clinical rotations. Day by day it’s hard to track, but when I think back at what I’ve experienced, I realize how far I’ve come. It’s pretty powerful!
Jessica Butler ’18
Coordinated Program in Dietetics
The USF Foods Lab is set up like a commercial food service kitchen, giving you the opportunity to build skills and confidence in a safe environment. Exploring the chemistry of foods or modifying a recipe for a medical condition brings the science to life!
Be part of the KAN Club (Kinesiology & Nutrition) community! Students majoring in Kinesiology & Nutrition participate in a variety of opportunities centered on career exploration, campus awareness, and community building. You will socialize, network with professionals, and host on-campus exercise and nutrition awareness activities. A KAN favorite: the monthly Lunch Bunch where everyone brings an ingredient and contributes to a themed meal.
As a student in our Nutrition and Dietetics program, you will be taught by true experts — clinicians who work in the field and share the value of their professional experience. They know what’s current in the industry and how to transition into the “real world.” Plus, they really, really care about your success!
University of Saint Francis’ Coordinated Program in Dietetics is fully-accredited by the Accreditation Council on Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting body of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This is granted at the baccalaureate level for a maximum enrollment of seven first-year and seven second-year students with a concentration in Health Promotion.
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The professors are one of the best things about this program. They are so engaged with students and they really want us to succeed. I can always approach them for help if I don’t understand something; they always take the time to clarify it or work through it again.
Melissa Fearnow ’20
Coordinated Program in Dietetics
Rooted in the Catholic & Franciscan traditions, the CPD will engage a diverse community in learning, leadership, and service. The CPD will provide an integrated academic and supervised practice curriculum to train students to become competent entry-level registered dietitians and community leaders in health promotion.
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