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Human Nutrition and Foods

administrative contact

Megan Govindan
phone: 304-293-1887

program contact

Megan Govindan
phone: 304-293-1887

Program Details

Program Description

he Human Nutrition and Foods Program focuses on dietetics, but it also provides a strong foundation for graduate work or professional school in several health-related fields. Students complete courses in food science, nutrition, food service management, sociology, psychology, biology, chemistry, physiology and microbiology. They are also encouraged to take electives in areas that support anticipated career preferences.

When a student finishes the WVU Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements and the University requirements for graduation, the student is eligible to apply for a place in a dietetic internship. Placement in dietetic internships is competitive and graduation and program completion does not guaranteed placement. Upon successful completion of an internship, the student may apply for a provisional license in West Virginia or other states that have licensure for dietitians. A provisional license in West Virginia will be changed to a regular license once the Registered Dietician exam is passed.

Career Profile

Graduates find positions in hospital and community settings, business, industry and private enterprise. After completion of the dietetics program graduates are eligible to apply for a dietetic internship. Placement is highly competitive and isn’t guaranteed. The internship typically lasts one to two years depending on the program and whether graduate study is included. After successful completion of an internship, graduates are eligible to take the examination to become a registered dietitian.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The WVU Didactic Program in Dietetics is currently granted continued accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040 ext. 5400.