Department of Nutrition
NUTRITION AT MSU DENVER
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates
The Department of Nutrition at MSU Denver provides students with opportunities to grow and learn in the field of nutrition and dietetics. The MSU Denver Department of Nutrition:
Provides over $700,000 in scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students annually | Has award winning faculty | Recently received $5 million in student focused grants | Is leading diversity initiatives in the field of nutrition and dietetics
Eating well is essential to overall health. With obesity and chronic diseases challenging our nation, it’s more important than ever to educate the community at large to promote healthy eating as a lifestyle. That’s where we come in. Our 7 program options provide the education needed to be a leader, a driver of change, in the field of nutrition.
- Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition-Dietetics (with DPD option)
- Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science
- Minor in Nutrition
- Human Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program
- Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics (with DPD option)
- Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science
- Dietetic Internship
From personal well-being to athletic performance, nutrition and dietetics are widely applicable to everyday life. If you want to pursue a career that allows you to help people every day, the programs of study in the Department of Nutrition at MSU Denver will guide you in the right direction. Using knowledge from many subjects, including biology, chemistry, public health and food science, your degree in nutrition will prepare you for a service-oriented career that helps people lead healthy lives.
Faculty in the Department of Nutrition are dedicated to help you develop professionally, complete your degree in the least amount of time and prepare you for your fulfilling career in nutrition and dietetics. The Department of Nutrition offers a variety of educational opportunities for students to:
- Begin or advance careers in the nutrition field
- Enhance professional and personal growth
- Enrich the well-being of our communities
Through networking, leadership seminars, volunteer opportunities and more, nutrition students at MSU Denver are continually building an inclusive scholarly community in and out of the classroom. In the past three years, 98 percent of our Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition-Dietetics graduates have passed the national registered dietitian exam after completing their dietetic internship.
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete an ACEND-accredited DPD program at MSU Denver are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program. Graduates who successfully complete the Dietetic Internship at MSU Denver are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN please visit https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/students-and-advancing-education/information-for-students.
The mission of the Nutrition Department is to prepare diverse students for successful careers in food, nutrition and dietetics by providing quality education that is culturally sensitive and instills a desire for life-long learning.
Rachel has been a faculty member at MSU Denver for four years, teaching courses in Community Nutrition and Global Nutrition and engaging students in service learning projects throughout the Denver metro. Her research focuses on understanding nutrition-related health disparities, conducting nutrition-related systematic reviews and developing population-level guidelines to guide nutrition practice. Rachel is also chair of the nutrition department and co-PI of the United States Department of Education Post-Baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (POHA) grant.
Associate Professor | Department Chair
Here’s where a degree in nutrition might take you:
Registered dietitian nutritionist, nutrition coach, dietary technician, food safety specialist, recipe researcher and developer, food scientist, wellness coordinator, and more.
Jennifer Bolton has been a professor at MSU Denver for 20+ years and earned her masters degree in nutrition from Illinois State University and her PhD in Human Nutrition from Colorado State University. She teaches medical nutrition therapy and maternal and child nutrition. To maintain her clinical skills, Jennifer works as a clinical dietitian at multiple hospitals in the Denver area. Dr. Bolton lectures throughout the U.S. on the topic of Nutrition Focused Physical Assessment and Malnutrition. Jennifer is currently working on a Health Institute project with Crisma Clinic in San Miguel Mexico.
Professor of Nutrition