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Nutrition and Dietetics

Academic Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics


The Messiah College Department of Nutrition and Dietetics offers four academic programs:




The Nutrition and Dietetics Major is a good choice for students who enjoy biology and chemistry as well as working with people.  This major has been approved/accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics to provide the academic portion of the requirements for becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD) since 1977.  Students who do not continue on the pathway to becoming a RD have successfully pursued careers as community nutritionists, dietetic technicians, and food service managers.


The Nutrition Science Major is a good choice for students who excel at science and math.  It prepares students primarily for graduate school in nutrition, public health, or medicine. 




The Food and Nutrition Minor can be combined with other majors to prepare students for a variety of careers related to food and nutrition.  Students interested in becoming nutrition scientists, physicians, or physician assistants can combine the minor with a biology, chemistry, or biochemistry major.  The minor can also be paired with a business administration major to prepare students for careers related to food businesses and food service.  (The Nutrition and Food Service Management Major has been discontinued.)

Students in Food Lab


The Academic Verification in Dietetics (non-graduation) program is designed for students who already have completed a Bachelor’s degree and want to become Registered Dietitians.  This program provides the undergraduate academic requirements needed to apply for a dietetic internship.


Please use the links provided to find out more about each option.  If you need additional information about any of our programs, please contact us.



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