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Dietetics

  • Available as major (B.S. degree)

    A dietitian does much more than plan and supervise food and nutrition programs. As a dietitian, you will also be involved in helping to prevent and treat illnesses and diseases by promoting healthy eating habits.

  • Dietetics is the science of applying food and nutrition principles health. We are ready to help you prepare for a career as a food and nutrition expert — because we believe you will benefit society with your knowledge. Olivet’s program will guide you through an academic program with the goal of achieving registration credentials.

    Dietitians often consult with wellness programs, sports teams, supermarkets and other nutrition-related businesses. As a dietitian, you may also give advice on sanitation, safety procedures, menus and budgeting. You may be called on to report and write on food-related topics, such as fiber, vitamins, or nutritional content.

    At Olivet, you will:  

    • Complete 90 hours of field experience within two medical nutrition therapy courses.
    • Spend 10 hours working with the public health department and have the opportunity to work in community health fairs.
    • Complete 25 practicum hours in a quantity food service environment.
    • Have the opportunity to network with professionals in foods and nutrition, build friendships and use your gifts for service as a member of our Student Dietetics Club.
    • Enhance classroom learning through practicums with hands-on activities involving food and nutrition professionals.  

    Internships  

    An internship is required to complete this degree. You will complete a supervised practice program in any of the 50 U.S. states.

    Careers  

    If you:

    • Are people-oriented and work well others
    • Enjoy combining science and service
    • Are proficient in speaking and writing
    • Have a well-developed ability to think critically
    • Are well-organized
    • Would enjoy working within a dynamic profession

    then a career in dietetics may be for you!

    Possible careers include: dietitian, clinical dietitian, community dietitian, management dietitian, consultant dietitian, health educator, nutritional counselor, health and wellness writer, professor, public relations, marketing, dietetics research, private consulting practice, diabetes educator, eating disorders educator, cardiac care educator, catering, strength and conditioning coach, pediatric dietetics specialist

    Possible places of employment include: hospitals, nursing care facilities, assisted living facilities, outpatient care centers, schools, public health clinics, home health agencies, health maintenance organizations, food manufacturer, advertising and marketing agencies, company and school cafeterias, health care facilities, fitness centers, universities

    Demand for dietitians in outpatient care facilities, physicians’ offices and food service looks strong for the future.

    Licensure and certification requirements vary by state.

    Accreditation

    Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    For more information

    To learn more about Olivet’s Didactic Program in Dietetics, including information about internships, practicums, curriculum, program costs, degree completion and accreditation, download the “Didactic Program in Dietetics Student Manual.”

    Dietetics is part of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences within the School of Professional Studies.  

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  • Olivet’s program will guide you through an academic program with the goal of achieving registration credentials.

  • Department Faculty

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    Catherine Anstrom

    Debra Kimberlin

    Diane Richardson

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