Medical Dietetics was the first program in the country to provide a coordinated program in dietetics, which combines the didactic instruction with the clinical experiences needed to become a registered dietitian. The program is housed within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (HRS) in The Ohio State University College of Medicine. The School is nationally recognized as a leader in practice-based health care education. For more than five decades, the School has prepared students to achieve personal and professional excellence, as they pursue an exciting career in healthcare.
Ohio State's Division of Medical Dietetics provides students with a strong science background as well as a diverse set of practical and professional abilities that will benefit them in their chosen field. While students learn the principles of nutrition, they also build their abilities to lead, communicate and work in teams. We continue a tradition of excellence by training the next generation of leaders in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
Across the country, this is a time of transition in the field of Medical Dietetics. In keeping with the greater depth of knowledge and skills needed for future practice in the profession, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has mandated that the level of education preparation for Registered Dietetic Nutritionists be elevated to a graduate level by 2024. The Medical Dietetics program is currently accepting undergraduate applications through Autumn 2021.
The new Master of Dietetics and Nutrition degree program (MDN) is currently under development in collaboration with the Department of Human Sciences in the College of Education and Human (EHE). It is slated to accept Master of Dietetics and Nutrition applications for a program start in Autumn 2020.
This program is designed as a two-year coordinated program to meet entry level requirements to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). The Ohio State University MDN will serve as a pilot program for the future graduate model for dietetics education. This model will combine graduate level coursework with multiple internship experiences in one degree. Upon successful completion, the graduate will be able to take the credentialing exam to become a RDN.