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With an increased focus in health care on disease prevention and management, the need for dietitians and nutritionists is on the rise. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are experts in how food impacts the human body and how what we eat can be changed to achieve specific health-related goals and improve overall health. The Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition – Dietetics prepares you for an impactful, service-oriented career in nutrition to help individuals and groups lead healthier, disease-free lives.
In MSU Denver’s Human Nutrition – Dietetics undergraduate degree program,you don’t just learn theory; you apply nutrition in everyday life. At MSU Denver, you will complete a comprehensive curriculum that fully prepares you for a variety of careers in nutrition and dietetics. Plus, you can work toward becoming an RDN and increase your job opportunities by completing these five steps:
Faculty advisors in MSU Denver’s Nutrition Department help you stay on track to complete the undergraduate program on time, develop professional skills, and prepare to be the best candidate for a dietetic internship, graduate school, or career.
The unique program design, including a didactic program in dietetics, creates a variety of options for your future. If you don’t get matched with a dietetic internship right after graduation, you still qualify to take the Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) Exam, the Certified Food Protection Professional Exam and the Certified Dietary Manager Exam. As aDTR, you can gain a year or two of experience, then reapply for an internship.
Opportunities to learn outside of the classroom in the metropolitan city of Denver are abundant – and encouraged. Some of MSU Denver’s senior-level courses in Human Nutrition partner with MetroCaring – a hunger-relief agency– to evaluate various aspects of their service to the community. Human Nutrition – Dietetics undergraduate degree program students also work directly with faculty on research projects. And students have been able to present on important topics in nutrition and diet at local, regional, state and national conferences.
Human Nutrition – Dietetics majors are urged to get involved early and often. MSU Denver is connected with the Auraria Campus Student Dietetic Association, which leads monthly meetings to support education in Human Nutrition, offer ways to get more involved in the Human Nutrition community and provide experiences that improve internship opportunities and career outlooks.
From traditional to non-traditional to entrepreneurial, career opportunities for graduates from MSU Denver’s Human Nutrition – Dietetics undergraduate degree program are as interesting as they are diverse. They include:
These are just some of the job positions Human Nutrition – Dietetics alumni have found success in:
Ann Diker has been a professor in MSU Denver’s Nutrition Department for more than 15 years. Earning her doctoral and master’s degrees in Human Nutrition from Colorado State University, Diker is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with experience in breast cancer research and nutrition education with low-income populations.
Bruce Rengers has extensive experience as a clinical and administrative hospital dietitian nutritionist, consultant for nursing homes and state juvenile prison, manager of meals-on-wheels at a local agency, employee in a diabetes camp, outpatient nutrition counselor for diabetic children and for children who have inborn errors of metabolism, volunteer with an HIV agency, WIC director and chief nutritionist for the Colorado WIC Program and a zoo animal nutritionist who used zoo animals to teach inner-city kids about nutrition. Currently, Rengers is researching nutrition at a local food pantry.
Human Nutrition alumni are impacting lives in a big way by sharing their knowledge and passion for nutrition and dietetics. Here are some of the employers of MSU Denver Human Nutrition alumni:
Graduates from MSU Denver’s Human Nutrition undergraduate program work in a variety of industries and roles, including the following:
The Human Nutrition – Dietetics major at MSU Denver includes a didactic program in dietetics (DPD) that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
Contact the Department of Nutrition
Located in West Classroom #240Email the Department of Nutrition
Main Number: 303-615-0990
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Campus Box 33N
PO Box 173362
Denver CO 80217-3362