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Dietetics

Dietetics Track (click here to view PDF)
Dietetics Option Student Handbook (click here to view PDF)

Students choosing a professional career as a Registered Dietitian (RD) and who desire to do nutrition counseling should select the academic course work outlined in this option which meets undergraduate academic requirements established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

To become a Registered Dietitian students must first earn a Bachelor of Science degree and then be accepted into an accredited internship. Upon successful completion of a 6-11 month internship, the student is eligible to take the national dietetic registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, AND. Students generally need to have a GPA above a 3.0 and work experience in dietetics to be competitive for internship programs.

Transfer students into FSHN are required to have a GPA of 3.0 or greater and to have taken FSHN 185 with a “B” or better and CHEM 161/161L, CHEM 162/162L, PHYL 141/141L, PHYL 142/142L and MATH 140 (or higher) with a “C” or better.

Students interested in the Dietetics option may contact the CTAHR Academic Advising Office, at ctahradv@hawaii.edu, and are encouraged to refer to the Dietetics Option Student Handbook for more information about this option. Work and/or volunteer experience in the field of interest is highly recommended.

Education Requirements to become a Registered Dietitian (RD)

  • Undergraduate degree in food and nutrition from a university program accredited by ACEND. Subjects include food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, culinary arts, sociology, communications, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, anatomy and chemistry.

  • Dietetic Internship Program, a formalized learning program in which academic knowledge is applied in practice settings. Settings include hospitals, long term care facilities, public health programs, and foodservice industry. Dietetic internships programs are accredited by ACEND and are 40 to 45 weeks in length.


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Career Opportunities

CAREER ENVIRONMENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Business & Industry

  • Food and Nutrition Industries
  • Fitness and Wellness Programs
  • Sales/Promotion
  • Consumer Education
  • Marketing
  • Product Development
Clinical Dietetics
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Outpatient Settings
  • Nutritional Needs Assessments
  • Determine Nutritional Diagnosis
  • Developing Individual Nutritional Plans
  • Counseling
  • Evaluating Outcomes
Community Nutrition
  • Any Community Public Health Team
  • Asses Nutritional Needs of Populations
  • Develop Programs or Additions to Existing Programs to Promote health Improvement and Disease Prevention
Education
  • Universities
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Plan, Implement, and Evaluate Educational Experiences for Health Students

Food Service Management

  • Schools
  • Senior Center
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Plan, Organize, Direct, and Evaluate Food Service Systems
  • Budgeting
  • Proper Employee Training
  • Personnel Management
  • Establishing and Maintaining Policies/Standards
Private Practice
  • Self-Employed **Requires Dietetic Practice Experience**
  • Provide Advice on Nutritonal Care, Theraputics, Sports Nutrition, or Food Service Management
Research
  • Clinical Research Centers (Most Likely Associated With Hospitals or Universities) **Requires Advanced REsearch Techniques**
  • Planning and Implementing Projects That Examine Nutrient Needs, Functions, and Interactions in Humans and Animals

There's So Much More Out There!

U.S. MILITARY
TEACHER/PROFESSOR
SPORTS TEAM
SUMMER CAMPS
CHEF/COOKING SCHOOLS
CONSUMER ADVOCATE
INFORMATION SPECIALIOST
WEIGHT LOSS SPECIALIST
NUTRITION JOURNALIST/WRITER
WELLNESS CENTERS
DAY CARE CENTERS
YMCA/HEALTH CLUBS
SCHOOL FOOD SERVICE DIRECTOR
WOMEN, INFANTS, AND CHILDREN (WIC) PROGRAM
SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP)
ATHLETIC COUNSELOR
PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES
SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAMS
PEACH CORPS
ATHLETIC CLUBS
CONSULTING FIRMS
PUBLISHERS
MAGAZINES/NEWSPAPERS
NURSING HOMES

Start Your Job Search Here!

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http://www.hawaiijobengine.com/

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/hawaii.default.cfm

www.nutritionjobs.com

www.nutrition.org/jobs/

www.usajobs.gov/

Want to learn more about the FSHN major?

All academic inquiries for FSHN will be handled by the CTAHR Academic Advising Office

 

The advisors are located on the first floor of Gilmore Hall, appointments are required to meet with them. To make an appointment, please visit https://ctahradv.youcanbook.me/.

 

Prior to your academic advising appointment, please review the FSHN program information here: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/hnfas/degrees/undergrad/FSHN.html. We have student handbooks for all of our academic degree options in FSHN. Please read the handbook for the degree option you wish to pursue PRIOR to attending your advising appointment.

 

For all academic advising questions, please contact the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) professional advisors at: ctahradv@hawaii.edu.

 

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