MSU Denver

Nutrition at MSU Denver

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.

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 Nutrition and Dietetics graduates have passed the national registered dietitian exam after completing their dietetic internship. 

If you plan to become an RDN without obtaining a master’s degree, please see an advisor. Spring match of 2022 may be the last time undergraduate students can become RDNs without also obtaining a master’s degree.

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.

Department of Nutrition's Mission

The mission of the Department of Nutrition 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.

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Dr. Rachel Sinley, Associate Professor / Department Chair

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.


Dr. Prabhdeep Sandha, Assistant Professor

Prabhdeep Sandha is an Assistant Professor who joined the Department of Nutrition in Fall 2020. She completed her PhD in Nutrition Policy & Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Applied Statistics from the University of Mississippi. She has experience in the field of community nutrition, public health, as well as clinical nutrition. Her research focuses on hunger, food insecurity, child and school nutrition, nutrition policies & program development, and evaluation. Apart from teaching courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs, she will also develop and maintain community partnerships.

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Career Prospects

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.



MSU Denver’s Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited
by the Accreditation Council for Education in
Nutrition and Dietetics of the
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800/877-1600 ext 5400.

Department of Nutrition


Phone: 303-615-0990

Email: [email protected]

Office Location:
West Classroom 240
Auraria Campus

Mailing Address:
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Nutrition
Campus Box 33N
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362