About the Program
About the Program
If you have an undergraduate degree in food, nutrition, health, wellness or other related field and have a goal to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics is the right program for you!
- Our program has been in existence since 1981, with over 400 graduate alumni.
- Students who match with our program take two semesters of academic coursework on EIU's campus in Charleston, Illinois, and then, complete an eight-month internship at one of our eight affiliated medical centers.
- Internship placement allows students to work one-on one with their preceptors.
- The curriculum provides both interactive and integrative learning activities throughout the coursework and internship.
- Students benefit through experiential learning, such as being immersed into the eight-month Dietetic Internship, studying abroad or completing research and then presenting the findings.
- Students learn and apply new knowledge through our Clinical, Food Service/ Management, Community and Consultancy dietetic rotations.
- Interactions between faculty and students foster collaborative scholarly activities, such as service work, thesis or independent studies.
- Assessment data from the student surveys indicate high satisfaction with the MS in Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Upon program completion, students receive a Nutrition Education Specialist certificate awarded from the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.
- The Dietetic Internship is granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-5400.