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Dietetics Major

Three Main Areas of Dietetics - Two Program Options

All students complete coursework in each area of dietetics practice. Upon graduation, students are well prepared to enter into a variety of areas of professional practice. There two different options within the dietetics major, the Coordinated Program [CP] and the Didactic Program in Dietetics [DPD]
(Aug 2004 Note: The CP program information is only for those students currently accepted into the program.  All others should refer to the DPD Program information.)

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT)

Students in the medical nutrition therapy courses apply their knowledge of nutrition in the treatment of diseases (e.g. diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and weight management).  They provide care for clients in the hospital and in extended care facilities during the clinical experiences.

Job Opportunities in Medical Nutrition Therapy

Graduates serve as the nutrition expert on the health care team choosing positions as hospital dietitians, outpatient counselors, and consultants to extended care facilities.   Professionals working in these areas may specialize in diabetes, pediatrics, eating disorders, and critical care to name a few.

Foodservice Administration

Students in foodservice administration courses learn the basic principles of entrepreneurship, management, cost control and budgeting, quantity food production, food selection and sanitation.  Students explore the field of food science and culinary arts.  Clinical experiences are provided in restaurants, college foodservice operations, extended care facilities, and hospitals.

Job Opportunities in Foodservice Administration

Graduates may use this experience to start their own business or manage foodservice operations in restaurants, hotels, resorts, hospitals, or schools.  Positions are also available in large industrial food companies (e.g. Pillsbury or Kellogg) in the areas of product development, sensory evaluation, marketing, and nutrition labeling.

Community Nutrition and Public Health

Through coursework and supervised practical experiences in community nutrition and public health, students sharpen interviewing and counseling skills; learn about nutrient needs throughout the life span; identify diet and disease relationships in populations of diverse social and cultural background; determine rationale for public policy, and develop effective nutrition education strategies.

Job Opportunities in Community Nutrition and Public Health

In this rapidly growing area, graduates obtain positions in a variety of government/public health nutrition programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Head Start, Child and Adult Care Food Programs, and Senior Dining.

Other Employment Opportunities

Other popular employment options include positions in private practice, counseling, sports nutrition, writing for newspapers and magazines, working with the media, and serving as a consultant to health care organizations, business, and industry.

Graduate Programs

Many students choose to go on to graduate school and pursue advanced degrees in exercise physiology, clinical nutrition, food science, nutrition education, physical therapy, other related health professions, or obtain a MBA.

Two Dietetic Degree Options

There two different options within the dietetics major, the Coordinated Program [CP] and the Didactic Program in Dietetics [DPD]. The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University offer one of only a few Coordinated Programs in Dietetics in conjunction with a liberal arts education in the country. The CP provides for the development of both the knowledge and skills required for the practice of dietetics. The strength of the CP is that students integrate classroom theory with practical experience. Students who complete our CP are eligible to take the national Registration Examination for Registered Dietitians without the requirement of an additional internship.  (Aug. 04 Note:  The CP program information is only for those students currently accepted into the program.  All others should refer to the DPD Program information.)

The DPD offers the academic preparation for dietetics; the professional experience is obtained through an accredited internship following graduation. This option offers more flexibility in the four-year coursework allowing students to select a minor or take electives. Completion of the DPD makes it possible but does not guarantee placement in an internship.  Upon completion of the internship, DPD students are eligible to take the national Registration Examination.  

For more details:

For more information on CSB/SJU Dietetics Programs, contact:

Linda Shepherd, Program Director
(320) 363-5034
[email protected]