Dietetics and Human Nutrition
Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition
The Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition (DHN) is situated in the School of Human Environmental Sciences and the College of Agriculture at the University of Kentucky. The mission of DHN in contributing excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement is to:
- promote healthy lifestyles through wise, nutritionally-sound, food choices and regular physical activity;
- enhance the well-being of people through meaningful nutrition education, research, and service experiences; and
- expand economic opportunity by generating and sharing knowledge of human nutrition, dietetics, and food systems.
The Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition is a student-centered department, FIRST in Focus – Innovation – Respect – Success – Teamwork. The following taglines further broaden the scope of DHN core values.
Focus on the contributions to excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement.
Innovation in ideas will contribute to evidence-based best practices in the profession of dietetics and nutrition.
Respect for others will allow service to others to be our highest priority.
Success is reached by empowering all individuals to reach their full leadership potential.
Teamwork fosters partnerships between students, faculty, alumni, and community allies.
DHN faculty and staff, with the assistance of numerous community-based partners, offer the following academic and pre-professional practice programs.
- Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) – undergraduate education leading to a BS in Dietetics and providing academic qualifications for eligibility to apply for a dietetic internship. The DPD curriculum provides a thorough foundation in the biomedical, nutritional, behavioral, managerial and clinical sciences to prepare graduates with the competencies needed to enter and contribute to the profession of dietetics.
- Human Nutrition - undergraduate education leading to a BS in Human Nutrition. The Human Nutrition degree offers appropriate preparation for further study in nutritional sciences and health-related sciences, particularly public health, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, physical therapy, physician assistant, and nutrition research. All students participate in undergraduate research presented at the University of Kentucky Showcase of Undergraduate Research.
- Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) – undergraduate education plus a pre-professional practice program leading to a BS in Dietetics and eligibility to write for the registration exam for dietitians. The program requires a CPD application and interview process in February of the sophomore year. Students meet DPD requirements and receive 1200+ supervised practice hours of professional experience.
- Dietetic Internship (DI) – a pre-professional practice program leading to eligibility to write for the registration exam for dietitians. The program requires acceptance through the DICAS February match and admittance into graduate school the Spring Semester following the year of the DICAS match. Students receive 1200+ supervised practice hours of professional experience with a concentration in Food and Nutrition Systems Management. Students may continue course work to complete graduate education.
- Dietetics Administration - graduate education leading to a MS in Hospitality and Dietetics Administration. The graduate program is designed to develop leadership skills, enhance intrapersonal attributes and practice problem-solving, using best practices in dietetics. Teaching assistantships are available through an interview process.
The DPD, CPD, and DI programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The Human Nutrition and DPD undergraduate program are accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).
Faculty and staff also support and participate in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics , Kentucky Dietetic Association , Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics , the University of Kentucky Student Dietetic and Nutrition Association , and Phi Upsilon Omicron .
The University of Kentucky is the state's flagship, land-grant institution. Its mission is to provide education and research on behalf of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the larger world around us. Our network of faculty and Kentucky Cooperative Extension Agents is the most comprehensive outreach and engagement program at the University of Kentucky, allowing unique opportunities in education, research and service.
The College of Agriculture and School of Human Environmental Sciences offer Study Abroad opportunities on a wide array of topics.
Please note: The Hospitality Management and Tourism (HMT) program is now housed in the Department of Merchandising, Textiles, and Apparel. Please contact Desmond Brown for more information at omotayo@.uky.edu.