Introduction

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The Nutrition major at Miami University leads to the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health degree. Nutrition, an area of health science, studies the human metabolism as it relates to nutrition. An interdisciplinary curriculum with courses in nutrition, food science, food systems management, lifestyle and health, with supporting courses in chemistry, social science and management is provided by this major. Students in this major must complete one of two concentrations, Community Nutrition or Dietetics. Dietetics fulfills the ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) accredited Didactic Dietetics Program requirements. 

The Nutrition major, with a Community Nutrition concentration, allows the student to complement a foundation of nutrition, chemistry, behavior, physiology, microbiology, and statistics with course selections based on career interest. A graduate, completing this major, may choose from career opportunities in business, industry, education, or research, including medical and pharmaceutical sales, product development and marketing, and food-related businesses. This major may also be appropriate for students planning to pursue careers in health care, corporate wellness, food systems management, government food/nutrition program administration, public policy, and other allied health professions.

The Nutrition major, with a Dietetics concentration, is accredited by ACEND. This fulfills the didactic portion of the requirements to become a registered dietitian and a professional member of AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). To become a registered dietitian one must complete an ACEND approved internship following graduation* and pass the registration exam. Dietitians are professionally prepared to perform nutritional assessment, counseling, and education as components of preventive, curative, or restorative health. Students my opt to become a nutrition and dietetics technician, registered (NDTR) through ACEND. For more information, see your advisor.

*Acceptance rate of clinical experiences dependent upon student academic performance and other experiences.