Nutrition and health is more relevant to our nation and world today than ever and pursuing a nutrition major can lead to exciting careers in health and healthcare. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, career opportunities for dietitians and nutritionists are growing much faster than average. Students in the nutrition major at the University of Tennessee are able to pursue one of two concentrations: the dietetics concentration or the basic science concentration.
Both nutrition-dietetics and basic science concentrations include a foundation in the basic sciences and introductory nutrition coursework which is built upon through advanced coursework in nutrient metabolism, nutrition assessment, nutrition in disease prevention and treatment, community nutrition, and interpretation of nutrition research literature.
The dietetics concentration offers an exciting new opportunity to complete both a bachelor’s and master’s degree and be eligible to take the RDN credentialing exam in just five years through our accredited Future Education Model Graduate Program. The basic science concentration prepares student uniquely for graduate level health professional programs or careers in research.
For more information about the Nutrition undergraduate programs and path to the RDN credential at UTK
The Dietetics Concentration is accredited as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400, http://www.eatright.org/ACEND. It includes coursework in nutrition counseling and education, food science, and foodservice management as well as hands-on practicum courses that prepare graduates to apply for the University’s new ACEND-accredited Future Education Model Graduate Program – the M.S. in Nutrition concentration in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics – or accredited supervised practice programs across the country for pursuit of careers as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). For more detailed information on careers in dietetics, see the Academy’s website careers information. Following the Mission and Goals of UT’s accredited DPD, we aim to continuously improve the performance of our graduates. Program outcomes data are available upon request. Established Policies and Procedures guide the day-to-day operations of the DPD. For detailed program information, refer to the Guide to ACEND-accredited nutrition and dietetics programs at UT
Students interested in UT’s M.S. in Nutrition concentration in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics must meet specific requirements and apply by August 1 prior to the senior year of undergraduate study. For more details on this opportunity, see information on the M.S. concentration in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics. Please note that effective January 1, 2024, a graduate degree (in any field) will be required to take the national RDN credentialing exam. Many states additionally require credentialed individuals to be certified or licensed by the state prior to practicing in the profession. You may contact ACEND directly for additional information about accreditation and the accreditation status of our program.
ACEND® is closely monitoring the information emerging regarding the spread and scale of the COVID-19 virus and its potential impact on dietetics programs and students. ACEND® will continue to keep its programs and students informed of any changes or additional information on its COVID-19 page. Please contact ACEND@eatright.org if you have any questions or concerns.
DPD Course List for students applying to ACEND-accredited supervised practice programs outside of UT.
When students apply to a supervised practice program outside of the University of Tennessee, they are required to upload a DPD Course List Form and add the specific courses on the form to the “Sessions and Coursework” section of the application. The versions of the DPD Course List Form included here correspond to the catalog year students followed or are following in completing DPD requirements. Please contact the program director at firstname.lastname@example.org should questions arise.
Basic Science Concentration
The Basic Science Concentration includes advanced coursework in the basic sciences and hands-on laboratory and research experiences to prepare students for entry into graduate programs or careers in research, biomedical, and health sciences. The basic science concentration also prepares students for a variety of health professional programs including physician assistant, pharmacy, nursing, and medicine. Students interested in preparing both for careers as RDNs and other health professionals should choose the Dietetics Concentration.
The nutrition minor is an excellent option for students majoring in the sciences or those preparing for careers in healthcare. Details can be found in the current undergraduate catalog.
November 1 for incoming freshmen
February 1 for current undergraduates
All questions regarding loans and work study information can be directed to One Stop Student Services.
CEHHS scholarships are also available.
Deadline: Generally early February each year
Requires Academy student membership and minimum junior standing.
Deadline: April each year.
The Undergraduate Nutrition Student Association (UNSA) is an active organization of students interested in Nutrition. Becoming involved in this group is a great way to get to know your fellow students better AND to gain leadership and nutrition-related volunteer experience. You can run for office, chair a committee, volunteer for a committee, or simply take advantage of opportunities to participate in the group’s activities. In recent years, UNSA members have been involved in various community service activities with organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House and the Boys and Girls Club, participated in health fairs, and have given various nutrition presentations to campus and community groups.
Go to Volink and join UNSA
Contact the faculty advisor if you have any questions: Melissa Hansen-Petrik