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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. Our Dietetics program is offered both on campus and distance-online, you can earn your degree from virtually anywhere in the United States. The M.S. in Human Nutrition is offered only on-line for students not seeking the RD credential. And, out-of-state students can take EMU-Online undergraduate courses at affordable Michigan in-state tuition rates!

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Dietetics Program Video (for both the Bachelor and Master of Science)

Human Nutrition Video

Information/Group Advising Sessions for Dietetics Intent Students

On-campus information/group advising sessions and the online EMU Dietetics Information Session PowerPoint are designed to provide an introduction to the EMU Dietetics Program.

All interested students and potential applicants are strongly encouraged to view the Information Session PowerPoint and/or attend a scheduled On-Campus Group Advising Session, in addition to reviewing all information on our EMU Catalog Website. This process is meant to inform interested students about all involved in applying to the EMU Dietetics Program. 

Upcoming Summer On-Campus Group Advising Sessions (EMU Calender)

To register: email dieteticsms_advising@emich.edu 

Provide:  date you will attend, contact phone number, address, and area of interest (MS or BS in dietetics).


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REMINDER: EMU students must use their EMU email (rather than their personal email) for all official University business.


The undergraduate and graduate coordinated 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 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
800.877.1600 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 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
800.877.1600 ext. 5500

*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.

  • 85% of graduates will take the registration exam within 12 months of graduation.
  • 80% of graduates will pass the registration exam on their first attempt.
  • 80% of graduates will pass the registration exam within one year following first attempt.
  • 80% of all CP students will complete the program successfully within 3 years of beginning it.
  • 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 3 years of practice.

Goal #2: The CP graduates will participate in professional development.

  • 25% of the three-year post-graduate survey respondents will report having participated in professional development, e.g., leadership, precepting for future practitioners, professional education.

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



Darlene Bellers - Lecturer

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
Stephanie Yeadon - Lecturer


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