If you are looking for an engaging discipline, enjoy learning about health and wellbeing and like to make a positive impact on others, dietetics is the option for you!
Our program offers small classes, hands on application, creative coursework and a venue to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. If you wish to pursue other options in dietetics, such as working as a WIC nutritionist, food inspector, quality assurance manager or product developer in food industry, school food director, or as a health advocate.
The undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) 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 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-5400. For more information about the undergraduate DPD, please contact Melanie Tracy Burns, PhD, RDN.
Dietetic students at EIU are actively engaged with creative and scholarly activities within all areas of dietetic practice. The majority of dietetic course work involves various elements of integration learning, allowing students to “Connect, Reflect, and Grow” in their knowledge. Students can be actively engaged with University and community service work opportunities.
EIU offers a place for students to learn about food management and hospitality through real-world experiences.
Have you ever been curious about something that didn’t have a clear answer, or doubt something that you were told or read? If so, you can chart your own course of inquiry by engaging in research. Nutrition and Dietetics faculty provide opportunities and support for interested students to develop and conduct research. Additionally, many students then go on to present their research at state, regional and national conferences. You could be one of them in the near future!
Internships provide culminating experiences that often make a significant impact on your career decisions. Internships allow you to experience areas that you think would be a great fit with your interests and career goals. Take advantage of the experiences throughout your undergraduate years and then apply those experiences in your senior year.
"During my time at Eastern I built lasting relationships with the EIU faculty and students, developed a keen interest in research dietetics, and learned about emerging, non-traditional careers in the Dietetic profession."Ashley Waters (2012)
" was given the opportunity to share my passion for cooking with students, and show them that fixing fresh, healthy meals does not have to be difficult or extremely time consuming. I was also able to serve as a substitute teacher in other FCS courses, and assist professors with research projects.”Stephanie Wenzeburger (2013)
"I am currently employed as a registered dietitian in the food and nutrition practice at Edelman, the world’s largest public relations agency. Nutrition communications is vastly growing field that requires the ability to translate complex nutrition science into consumer-friendly language for both health professionals and the general public."Elise Truman (2011)
"During my dietetic internship, I was able to view how nutrition plays a role in the average person’s life and how it evolves with different disease states and situations. Presently, I am a Registered Dietitian at Diabetes Care Group in Mississippi, where I help people figure out a way to manage their health with their daily lives.”Emily Brinkman (2012)