Bruce D. Rengers, Ph.D., RD

Professor Department of Health Professions

From a hospital food service director to a nutritionist in a zoo, Dr. Bruce Rengers is one of three percent of male dietitians in the U.S. Bruce is committed to building the strongest dietetics program possible and is dedicated to teaching and advising his students. He trains dietetic students who are interested in serving the Latino community. Raised on the border of Mexico, Bruce also coordinates MSU Denver’s Dietetic Program in Mexico. Each Summer he takes students to Mexico to learn how to speak Spanish, specifically dietetics related Spanish and to learn about the food and culture of Mexico. Bruce and his students help with Metro CareRing, the largest food pantry in Denver, to collect nutritional information and gain a better understanding of the kinds of food distributed at food pantries. Bruce’s current research is analyzing the variations of healthy and less healthy food baskets available at food pantries.

When not teaching, you might find Bruce visiting a favorite museum, Museo de Las Americas, or during First Fridays on Santa Fe, where over 30 art galleries open their doors the first Friday evening of each month. Bruce often visits another favorite museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Bruce also is to the go-to guy for advice on Denver’s extensive bicycle trails, hikes, independent films, theater, ballet, and where to buy the best fresh bread.

I love the weather and the sunshine. I like the proximity to the mountains and desert. Denver has a lot to offer in cultural entertainment. It has the amenities of a big city without as many problems. I don’t have to look over my shoulder all the time . . . Community is about relationships, and I’ve built a wonderful circle of friends and colleagues here. 

Contact Bruce at: brengers@msudenver.edu