Department of Dietetics and Nutrition

Cookie tested by penetrometerThe field of dietetics and nutrition is dynamic and rapidly evolving as more research is elucidated on the relationships between food, nutrition, human health and disease. With a greater emphasis on preventive health care and improved eating habits, we are committed to supporting our communities by promoting healthier lifestyles through better nutrition across diverse populations. To meet the ever-changing demands, we foster a synergistic approach to our evidence-based research initiatives. We also maintain more than 30 community partners across South Florida. Some of the most active are with local hospital systems such as Baptist Health, Memorial Regional and Broward Health. Others include Independent Living Systems, FLIPANY, Special Olympics, Broward County Public Schools and Miami Jewish Home.

Graduates from Stempel College’s award-winning Department of Dietetics & Nutrition often go on to work in health care systems, home health care, food service, private business, research and educational organizations after graduation. As vital members of medical teams in hospitals, long-term care facilities and health maintenance organizations, they provide medical nutrition therapy—using specific nutrition services to treat chronic conditions, illnesses or injuries.

The department met a significant milestone from January – June 2017 with a 100-percent passing rate on the national Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam for students in the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). For the entire year of 2017, the pass rate average was 79 percent. The national pass rate benchmark is 80 percent. The department’s three-year pass rate average is 87 percent.

We are recognized for excellence in dietetics and applied nutrition research, and these efforts serve as the foundation for quality education and responsive community engagement. Our research advances the profession, promotes nutrition as disease treatment/prevention, integerates food and nutrition services in clinical, home and health networks; and trains professionals to serve the needs of diverse populations. For more information about the college’s top-line research topics, visit the research section of the website. To explore our state-of-the-art research facilities, click on the list of labs on the right side of this page.

To contact the department, call 305-348-2878 or email bsdn@fiu.edu for undergraduate degrees; call 305-348-2878 or email msdn@fiu.edu / phdn@fiu.edu for graduate degrees.

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Check out the exciting RDN career paths for many of our graduates:

CLINICAL

  • Acute care
  • Education/research
  • Ambulatory care/rehabilitation facilities
  • Consultant/counseling (hospital or online)
  • Exercise physiology collaborations
  • Home health care
  • Military
  • Nutrition therapists: integrative medicine, nutrition genomics, function nutrition therapy
  • Pharmaceutical industry

COMMUNITY

  • Federal agencies
  • Consulting/private practice
  • Cooperative extension service
  • Corporate wellness/employee health
  • Cruise industry
  • Education/research
  • Health promotion
  • Marketing and sales
  • Media personality
  • Nursing home practitioner
  • Product development
  • Sports nutritionist
  • Textbook author

FOOD SERVICE/FOOD SCIENCE

  • Business management
  • Caterer
  • Private chef
  • Culinary arts and nutrition consulting
  • Food technology
  • Food service management / inventory
  • Military
  • Product manufacturing

Funding your education

At Stempel College, we understand that academic success can be affected by financial aid and funding opportunities. Our students have access to myriad funding options by degree level (bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral) and by academic discipline (Public Health, Dietetics & Nutrition, Social Work). It’s important to understand the basics of applying for financial aid and the additional resources available to you as a Stempel College student. For more, please visit Funding Your Education in our website’s “Student Life” section.

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