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Dietetics and Human Nutrition Program

Careers in dietetics and human nutrition are challenging and constantly changing and evolving as research continues in this growing field. Eastern Michigan University (EMU) can bring you into this exciting career through the dietetics and human nutrition program. Offered both on campus and distance-online, you can earn your degree from virtually anywhere in the United States. And, out-of-state students can take EMU-Online courses at affordable Michigan in-state tuition rates!

Which program is for you?

Group Advising Sessions for Dietetics Intent Students

Group advising sessions are designed to help you understand what content must be included in your notebook and what criteria you must meet in order to be selected as a student.

Potential applicants are required to attend a group information session prior to scheduling an individual appointment with the dietetics intent advisor.

Group Advising Session Recording is here.

Potential online dietetics applicants are  required  to view this (see link above)  dietetics group advising  session (and complete a quiz) prior to scheduling an individual appointment with the dietetics intent advisor.

Upcoming On-Campus Group Advising Sessions

These advising sessions will be held in Room 105 Rackham Bldg on EMU's main campus:

Thursday, May 11th:  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 24th:  4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

To register for on-campus advising sessions (registration required for attendance):  Register here.

After (as well as before) attending a Group Advising Session go to EMU Catalog Dietetics Major Graduate or EMU Catalog Dietetics Major Undergraduate and read more about the EMU Dietetics Program.


The undergraduate and graduate programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
312.899.0040 ext. 5400

Upon successful completion of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) at EMU and completion of an EMU degree, the student is issued a verification statement* making them eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians through the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Commission on Dietetic Registration
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
312.899.0040 ext. 5400

*Verification Statement - This is the statement provided by the Dietetics Program Director to CDR and to the student that allows the student to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. This is only issued after the student completes the CP and achieves all skills needed to be an entry-level dietitian.

Mission Statement

Mission: Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP)

The Coordinated Programs in Dietetics at Eastern Michigan University educate and graduate students prepared for entry-level practice as registered dietitians, with a concentration in entrepreneurship.

The CP achieves the mission through:

  • Providing an exceptional learning environment so students are continuously interpreting and responding to food and nutrition service delivery in a changing social and economic environment and applying new technologies to their dietetic education
  • Providing student-centered learning opportunities for students to pursue their specific interests
  • Encouraging and engaging in collaboration and partnerships with the community
  • Promoting evidence-based knowledge and skills for students and graduates
  • Enhancing students’ current critical and reflective skills by collaborating with faculty to develop and complete research-based projects

Goals and Objectives of the CP

Goal #1: The CP will educate and graduate dietetics practitioners.

  • A minimum of 80% of first-time test takers will pass the RD exam
    80% of all CP students will complete the program successfully within three years of beginning it

Goal #2: The CP will prepare graduates for entry-level dietetics-related employment.

  • Within 12 months of completing the CP a minimum of 80% of post graduate survey respondents desiring such, will have a dietetics-related job.
  • Employers of CP graduates will rate at least 80% of employees as having the knowledge and skills to perform as expected during the first three years of practice.

Program outcomes data are available upon request

Dietetics and Human Nutrition Program

Olivia Ford - Assistant Professor, Co-Director
373B Marshall Building


Sandra Pernecky - Lecturer, Co-Director

260 Rackham Hall




Alice Jo Rainville - Professor, Graduate Coordinator of MS in Human Nutrition

335 Marshall Building


Downloads (pdf)

Student Handbook 2016-17

Make an Online Appointment

Judi Brooks - Professor
John Carbone - Associate Professor
Kyunghee Choi - Lecturer

Rubina S. Haque - Associate Professor
Heather Hutchins-Wiese - Assistant Professor

Lydia Kret - Lecturer
Anahita Mistry - Professor
Amanda Niemiec - Academic Advisor
Diane Reynolds - Clinical Coordinator
Debi Silverman - Assistant Professor

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