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Didactic Program in Dietetics
The mission of the dietetics program is to provide students with the concepts of the interdependence of human nutrition and food in the health and behavior of individuals and to provide a basic foundation of foodservice management theories. The dietetics program at the University is approved by the American Dietetic Association and meets the requirements for a Didactic Program in Dietetics. Upon graduation, students will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Nutrition and Wellness. Following graduation, students must complete an American Dietetics Association approved dietetic internship to become qualified to take the national examination to become a registered dietitian.

Career Options
Registered dietitians are employed in a wide variety of settings: hospitals, public health departments, nursing homes/retirement centers, food service establishments, private practice, colleges and universities, contract food service companies, industry, professional sports teams, commercial food service operations, and military service.

Professional Internship
Students graduating in dietetics pursue a post-baccalaureate supervised internship or approved APA program to be eligible to take the RD exam. Internships are available throughout the U.S. and some are associated with graduate degree programs. Faculty assist students to apply to internships best suited to their needs and abilities.

Major Courses
In addition to the University of Montevallo General Education core and Nutrition/Wellness courses, the students must complete science requirements: basic chemistry, biochemistry, human anatomy and physiology, microbiology. Dietetics Requirements: foundations of foods; introductory, intermediate, and advanced human nutrition; life cycle and community nutrition, quantity foods, food service systems management; experimental foods; diet therapy.

Minor Courses
Students in this program do not complete a minor.

Comments From Students
"Students can receive an excellent, all around good education in the field of dietetics at the University of Montevallo."

"I believe I received an excellent education in preparation for my career in dietetics, as well as tremendous support from my instructors."

Contact Person:

Dr. Pat Petitt
Bloch 102A
(205) 665-6390

 104 Bloch     I      Station 6385      I      Montevallo, AL 35115      I      Phone: 205-665-6385     I      Fax: 205-665-6387