Nutrition and Dietetics

Saint Louis University’s program in nutrition and dietetics is one of the few in the nation that allows you to become both a registered dietitian nutritionist and a certified chef. You'll get hands-on experience working with registered dietitian nutritionists and culinary chefs in a real working cafe, a professional kitchen and our food lab.

culinary students

Fresh Gatherings Cafe on SLU's campus — a leader in sustainable food service —  is run by students and the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Major in Nutrition and Dietetics

By majoring in nutrition and dietetics, you become a nutrition expert and learn to help other people live healthier lives. Whether you want to be a registered dietitian nutritionist, chef, physician assistant or physician, a major in nutrition and dietetics will pave the way to many career opportunities. 

Nutrition and dietetics classes at SLU are small and are taught by certified executive chefs and registered dietitian nutritionists with graduate degrees. You will also work with food and nutrition professionals and health care practitioners during internships and course projects.

The program — offered at SLU’s Doisy College of Health Sciences — offers you the chance to specialize your degree with four tracks:

Standard track
Culinary track
Pre-physician assistant track
Pre-med track

Curriculum
  • DIET 1000: Hot Topics in Nutrition
  • DIET 2080: Foundations in Nutrition
  • DIET 2100: Nutrition in the Lifecycle
  • DIET 3080: Nutritional Aspects of Biochemistry
  • DIET 2510: Ethnic Meal Management
  • DIET 3600: Food Science
  • DIET 3700: Quantity Food Procurement and Prep
  • DIET 3850: Advanced Nutrition
  • DIET 3890: Internship Seminar
  • DIET 4100: Medical Nutrition Therapy I
  • DIET 4110: Clinical Practicum Lab
  • DIET 4150: Medical Nutrition Therapy II
  • DIET 4160: Clinical Practicum Lab II
  • DIET 4300: Community Nutrition
  • DIET 4350: Food Systems Management I
  • DIET 4360: Food Systems Management II
  • DIET 4400: Nutrition Education
  • DIET 4500: Nutrition Counseling
  • DIET 4870: Critical Reading Research Material I
  • DIET 4880: Critical Reading Research Material II
Internships and Careers

Graduates with a degree in nutrition and dietetics or a DPD certificate have a versatile skill set and are prepared to either work as a registered dietitian nutritionist upon completing a dietetic internship or to go on to careers within the culinary arts.

Graduates following the pre-medical or pre-physician assistant curriculum are equipped to enter professional school with advanced knowledge in medical nutrition therapy and the many connections between nutrition and disease.

Registered dietitian nutritionists frequently work in hospitals or other health care facilities, as well as in food and nutrition-related business and industries. There are various opportunities to work in public health nutrition and sports nutrition. You may also work in a school, hospital or commercial kitchen, catering, or in nutrition and culinary services.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum 2.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale. ACT scores must consist of at least a 24 composite score. Equivalent SAT scores are acceptable. Four years of high school English and three years of high school math and science are required.

The average GPA in the program in 3.8 on a 4.0 scale and the average ACT score is 26.

Additional Information
In addition to University-level scholarships, sophomore, junior and senior nutrition and dietetics students at SLU are also eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Doisy College of Health Sciences Alumni Association.
Accreditation and Program Outcomes

The didactic program in dietetics is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606­-6995
Phone: 312­-899-5400
http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/

Learn about program goals, outcomes and objectives.

Real-World Experience

Experience in diverse settings

In addition to spending more than 100 hours in the clinical environment, nutrition and dietetics students at SLU also get real-world experience in a variety of ways:

  • Nutrition education: Develop, implement and deliver nutrition programs throughout the University and St. Louis community.
  • Counseling:  Provide nutrition counseling to diverse audiences in our simulation lab.
  • Plan, prepare and serve meals: Spend time in the Salus Center Kitchen, Fresh Gatherings Café and a modern culinary food lab to gain experience planning, preparing and serving meals.