Overview: B.S. in Dietetics and Nutrition
Dietetics is a dynamic profession and the career possibilities are endless. Employment of dietitians is expected to grow at the rate of 9% between 2008 and 2018 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Registered dietitians provide nutritional care and counseling in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, community health programs, and fitness centers, as well as in the food industry. Regardless of career choice, dietitians are recognized as the professional link between nutrition and health.
Nutrition is the application of the principles of science and food preparation to health. The professionals who use this knowledge to provide safe, evidence-based dietary advice and management to individuals (in health and disease), as well as to institutions are called registered dietitians. The term “nutritionist” is often a used a broader term to describe someone who has studied nutrition, but may or may not be a registered dietitian.
The dietetics program at The University of Mississippi is accredited by the credentialing body for dietetics, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). It is called a “didactic” program in dietetics (DPD) because it provides the four-year classroom component of learning, culminating in the bachelor of science degree. It must be followed by a dietetic internship (DI, also called “internship” or “supervised practice) in order to qualify someone to take the registration exam for dietitians (RD exam). The BS degree, DI, and passage of the RD exam are all necessary to be qualified as a registered dietitian (RD).
The Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Mississippi is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040, ext. 5400. After graduation student receives a DPD verification statement and is eligible to complete a dietetic internship. Upon the success of a dietetic internship, students are eligible to take a national exam to become a Registered (RD) and/or Licensed (LD) Dietitian. Many positions in nutrition require RD and/or LD credentials.
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Emmy Parkes, MS, RDN, CDE
Office: 221 Lenoir Hall
Visit the website for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) at www.eatright.org.