The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) provides quality education that prepares students with the technical, human, and conceptual skills for entry level positions in a variety of food and nutrition settings.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that the employment for dietitians will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2014 because of increased importance placed on disease prevention, increasing population, aging population, and the interest in nutrition by the public. To grow faster than the average, according to BLS, is to grow at a rate of 18 to 26 percent. Much of the growth is expected to occur in nursing homes, residential care facilities, and the physician clinics.
Dietitians provide nutrition services, manage food service operations, and conduct research or sales with the public and private sectors in the United States and abroad.
Job settings include:
- Hospitals (inpatient/acute care)
- Health maintenance organizations
- Sports facilities
- Private practice
- School food service (K-12)
- Colleges and universities
- Extended care facilities
- Government programs
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Food service industries
- Food manufacturers
- Food industry catering service
- Food equipment companies
Why Choose Dietetics at WIU?
Accreditation/Approval Status of the Didactic Program in Dietetics
The Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) approved the dietetics program at Western Illinois University as a Didactic Program in Dietetics in 1992.
The DPD was fully accredited by CADE in November 2006. CADE is located at the headquarters of the American Dietetic Association at 120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606; 800-877-1600.
At A Glance
- Major: Yes
- Minor: Yes
- Graduate Degree: No
- Campus: Macomb