Nutrition & Dietetics: Preparation Based in Science
Our students meet the changing needs of society and industry in food and nutrition, with a sound knowledge base in science. With foundations in physiological, biological and behavioral sciences, students are well-prepared for clinical, private practice and management aspects of nutrition in health care. Dietetics students develop human relationship skills and expertise in addressing nutritional needs for human growth and development throughout the life cycle.
News and Announcements
Beginning January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) has changed the degree requirement for dietitian registration eligibility from a Bachelor's degree to a Master's degree (in any field) in addition to the current requirement of a verification statement from an ACEND accredited dietetics program. For more information, see Graduate Degree Registration Eligibility Requirement Frequently Asked Questions and Graduate Degree Registration Eligibility Requirement Student Option Scenarios.
Distance Dietetic Program
UNC offers a distance-based Didactic Program in Dietetics called the Distance Dietetic Program (DDP). It's the same program as our ACEND accredited on-campus program, but is more accessible for students who aren't able to participate in a full-time on-campus experience. The DDP offers 15 courses online; the rest of the required courses are taken at a regionally accredited institution where you live or on-line.
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Black Breastfeeding Week
One of our Dietetics alumni recently participated on a panel as part of Black Breastfeeding Week in New York:
Kelsey Munn, RD, CND, CLC is a registered dietitian with a specialty in Maternal-Infant Health and Breastfeeding. She currently works in Bellevue Woman's Center by Ellis Medicine as the Community Lactation Counselor. Kelsey fell in love with breastfeeding during her undergraduate degree when she became a research assistant for Dr. Alena Clark, PhD, MPH, RD, CLC. Together they researched "The Effects of Socioeconomic Status and Education on Breastfeeding Duration." From there, Kelsey volunteered at her local WIC office assisting with Support Groups and Education Classes. During her Medical Residency/Didatic Internship, she became a Certified Lactation Counselor. Kelsey moved from Denver to Albany, New York to become the Breastfeeding Coordination at Whitney Young Health Center WIC. After two years in that position she moved into her current role at Bellevue Woman's Center.
Faculty & Student Highlights
Weld County Department of Public Health and the Northern Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition recognized the work that Dr. Alena Clark, Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and Yvette Lucero-Nguyen, Director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Equity have accomplished to support breastfeeding / chestfeeding / lactating individuals at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). UNC has six lactation stations on campus that offer privacy for individuals to express their milk. UNC was recently designated by the Northern Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition as a breastfeeding friendly public venue. Congratulations UNC!
Alex Silva, Dietetics ’19, received the 2018 Outstanding Dietetics Student Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This award recognizes the emerging leadership and achievement of students in dietetics education programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. The Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was responsible for selecting award recipients from the state of Colorado.
Glenda Dardashti, ’17 Distance Dietetic Program Graduate, was selected by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a recipient of the Foundation’s Commission on Dietetic Registration Diversity Scholarship. Glenda is currently completing a combined master’s program with dietetic internship at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey.
Jeff Gilis, Lecturer, received the 2018 Emerging Dietetics Leader Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This award recognizes the competence and activities of members, regardless of their age, who are at the beginning of their dietetics careers. Academy members receiving this honor have supported the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the public through leadership in legislation, research, education, management, and other areas related to the profession. The Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was responsible for selecting award recipients from the state of Colorado.
Katie Kage, Assistant Professor, was featured in UNC today research articles.