The Three Major Tracks
The Dietetics track (Dietetic Program in Dietetics; DPD) is for students who wish to apply for an internship to become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.). Registered Dietitians are registered and licensed health care professionals who work in hospitals and other health care facilities such as nursing homes. The Dietetics track is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). The track fulfills the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements, and is the first step towards becoming a Registered Dietitian.
For more details on the DPD program at the University of Massachusetts, including how the program fits into the R.D. credentialing process, please refer to the Nutrition Department Undergraduate Handbook (available in the downloads bar at the side of this page).
Nutrition and Health Sciences
The Nutrition and Health Sciences track prepares students to pursue careers or graduate training in nutrition, medicine, physician assistant programs, pharmacy, dentistry, and other health science related careers. Students will be prepared to work in the health or food industries, or work in nutrition research.
Nutrition in a Global Society
The Nutrition in a Global Society track prepares students to pursue careers or graduate training in nutrition, public health, social work, education, and other applied professional careers. Students will be prepared to work in community nutrition programs such as Head Start; Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Food Program (WIC); School Meals Programs; Supplemental Food Assistance Program (SNAP); Elderly Nutrition Program; and other community-based programs.