With increasing recognition of the association between diet and disease and the importance of diet in health promotion, nutritionists and dietitians are needed to participate in research, to educate the public on ways to promote health through diet, and to educate individuals suffering from chronic diseases on ways to incorporate dietary modifications into their lifestyles.

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Nutritional Sciences has three undergraduate programs resulting in the BS degree in Nutritional Sciences:

  • Coordinated Dietetic Program: offers a combination of didactic and experiential education which allows graduates to write the Registration Examination for Dietitians following graduation. The program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, allows for the mastery of the foundation knowledge and skills competencies for entry-level dietitians. Classroom learning is combined with 1200 hours of supervised practice. Learn more from the program director.
  • Community Nutrition: prepares students for positions as community nutritionists with private and government agencies.
  • Pre-medicine/Pre-dentistry: focus on preparing students for entry into medical and dental schools.

Graduate and Doctoral Programs

The Department also offers the Master of Science and Doctoral Degrees in Nutritional Sciences with the following emphases:

  • Community Nutrition
  • Experimental Nutrition 

Information for applicants wishing to get into our graduate program is available on the Graduate school website: For additional information, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Allan Johnson, as follows:
Phone: (202) 806-7111