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Didactic Program in Dietetics

Saint Louis University’s didactic program in dietetics, offered at the Doisy College of Health Sciences, prepares you to become a registered dietitian/nutritionist. If you have a degree in a different area of study, you can still satisfy the requirements to gain eligibility for the program.

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Registered dietitians/nutritionists frequently work in hospitals or other health care facilities, as well as in food and nutrition-related businesses and industries.

Get a DPD Verification

SLU’s didactic program in dietetics (DPD) offers students who already obtained an undergraduate degree in an alternate field and are in pursuit of a career change a DPD verification to start on the path to become a registered dietitian/nutritionist.

The DPD program features two curricular track options for DPD completion. With completion of the curriculum, you will earn a DPD verification statement that will prepare you to apply for dietetic internship programs, which are required to become a registered dietitian.

Standard Track
Culinary Track
Highlighted Courses
  • DIET 2510: Principles of Food Preparation and Cooking
  • DIET 3600: Food Science
  • DIET 4110: Clinical Practicum
  • DIET 3890: Internship Seminar
  • DIET 4100: Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • DIET 4500: Nutrition Counseling
  • DIET 4350: Food Systems Management
Internships and Careers

Saint Louis University offers a 15-month combined Master of Science/Dietetic Internship to train students to become competent entry-level dietitians and provide preparation for the Dietetic Registration examination while earning a master's degree.

Registered dietitians/nutritionists frequently work in hospitals or other health care facilities as well as in food and nutrition-related businesses and industries. They may also work in schools, hospitals, commercial kitchens, catering companies, or in nutrition and culinary services.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admission criteria for transfer students include a minimum 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale, four years of high school English, three years of high school math and science (including one year of chemistry and one year of biology). Additionally, applicants need to complete a self-evaluation of transcript. For priority enrollment in courses, applications should be complete by June 1 for a fall start date and Dec. 1 for a spring start date.

Self-Evaluation Directions for Applicants

Choose the appropriate self-evaluation of transcripts. Once the self-evaluation is complete, send your unofficial transcript and self-evaluation of courses to Dr. Amy Moore at

  1. Fill in the corresponding course title and number, as well as the name of the institution and the grade you received. Official approval of course substitution will only occur after acceptance and enrollment into the program.
  2. For any course in question, include a course description or preferably a course syllabus. If you do not have a syllabus, try contacting that institution's department to request a copy for the appropriate year.
  3. A transcript must be included with the self-evaluation. An unofficial copy is acceptable.
  4. International students must have their transcript reviewed by World Education Services Inc.

To assist in filling out the self-evaluation of transcript, you can view  the undergraduate transfer articulation page.

Accreditation and Program Outcomes

SLU's didactic program in dietetics is currently granted full and continued accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 312-899-5400,

Learn about program goals, outcomes and objectives