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Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Foods

(ACEND Accredited Didactic Programs in Dietetics)

The Human Nutrition and Foods program at The University of Houston is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995 (Phone: 800/877-1600). Upon completion of this degree, also called the Didactic Program in Dietetics, students are eligible to apply for entry into a supervised practice program which will make them eligible to take the Registration Examination for dietitians. At the undergraduate level, this degree emphasizes the knowledge and skills essential for competent entry-level dietetics practice.

Supervised practice programs, which include dietetic internships are available across the United States. Completion of one of these programs is required to become eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. To become an Registered Dietitian (RD), students must:

  • Earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition and Foods which includes a Didactic Program in Dietetics. At that time, students are provided with a verification statement that allows them to apply for entry into a supervised practice program.

  • Successfully complete a ACEND accredited supervised practice program (dietetic internship).

  • Pass the Registration Exam for Dietitians.

Students may not apply for entry into a dietetic internship until the Didactic Program in Dietetics has been successfully completed. Likewise, students are not eligible to sit for the registration exam until they have successfully completed their supervised practice program

Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Foods (Nutritional Sciences Track)

The Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Foods (Nutritional Sciences Track) is a pre-professional degree plan designed to meet the requirements for Pre-med, dental, optometry, pharmacy and other post-graduate programs in the health care arena.  Students earning a degree in the Nutritional Sciences track will have an in-depth knowledge of the science of nutrition and a solid foundation in applied science.

The Nutritional Science track is not a pathway to become a Registered Dietitian (RD), students wishing to pursue the RD credential must complete the ACEND Accredited Track.


The mission of the Human Nutrition and Foods Program (ACEND Accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics) is to:

  • Provide high-quality nutrition education and skills necessary to become well-rounded professionals in nutrition and related fields

  • Promote an intellectually and culturally diverse educational and research environment

  • Serve the community by engaging students in nutrition related activities and increasing the awareness of community issues at the local, state and national level

Program Goals

  • The program will prepare graduates to be competent for entry into supervised practice or other post-graduate programs through high-quality educational offerings.

  • The program will attract and retain well-qualified candidates

  • The program will promote diversity in the field of dietetics.


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