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Dietetics

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. Dietetics

Possible Careers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that the employment of dietitians and nutritionists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations because of increased importance placed on disease prevention, increasing population, aging population, and the interest in nutrition by the public. 

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:

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals (inpatient/acute care)
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Sports facilities
  • Private practice
  • School food service (K-12)
  • Colleges and universities
  • Extended care facilities
  • Government programs
  • Distributors/retailers
  • 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 Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). In 1992, the dietetics program at Western Illinois University was approved as Didactic Program in Dietetics, and was accredited in 2006 by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), which in 2011 adopted the new name, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics is located at headquarters of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at 120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606; 800-877-1600.

At A Glance

  • Degrees Available:
    • B.S.
  • Major: Yes
  • Minor: Yes
  • Graduate Degree: No
  • Campus: Macomb
  • Study Opportunities:
    • Honors

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