Master of Science,

Coordinated Program in Dietetics, Nutrition & Exercise Physiology

This academic program trains students in the discipline of dietetics, educates them in approaches to dietetics, nutrition, and exercise physiology research, and prepares them to become registered dietitians through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The program was established and accredited in 2010 by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), building on decades of success with dietetics programs at WSU.

Graduates of the program are expected to function effectively as entry-level dietetics practitioners in a clinical, administrative or community setting.

Careers for Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists

Here are some short descriptions of common careers for registered dietitian/nutritionists (RDNs):

  • Hospitals, HMOs or other health care facilities
    Educating patients about nutrition and administering medical nutrition therapy as part of the health care team. They may also manage the food service operations in these settings, as well as in schools, day-care centers, and correctional facilities, overseeing everything from food purchasing and preparation to managing staff.
  • Sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs
    Educating clients about the connection between food and fitness, health, and exercise performance.
  • Food and nutrition-related businesses and industries
    Working in communications, consumer affairs, public relations, marketing, or product development.
  • Private practice
    Working under contract with health care or food companies, or in their own business. RDNs may provide services to food service or restaurant managers, food vendors and distributors, athletes, nursing home residents, or company employees.
  • Community and public health settings
    Teaching monitoring, and advising the public, and helping to improve their quality of life through healthy eating habits.
  • Universities and medical centers
    Teaching physicians, nurses, dietetics students and others the sophisticated science of foods and nutrition.
  • Research in food and pharmaceutical companies, universities, and hospitals
    Directing or conducting experiments to answer critical nutrition questions and find alternative foods or nutrition recommendations for the public.

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