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Human Nutrition and Foods

The 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.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry BIOL 101 General Biology BIOL 103 General Biology Laboratory HN&F 171 Introduction to Human Nutrition A&VS 105 Professional Orientation

Senior Year

HN&F 472 Community Nutrition HN&F 460 Advanced Nutrition HN&F 461 Nutrition Laboratory Experimentation AGBI 410 Introductory Biochemistry LARC 212 History of Landscape Architecture

English Proficiency Requirements

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. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

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.

Alumni Profile

Kristen Matak

Now an assistant professor in the WVU Human Nutrition and Foods Program, Dr. Matak earned her B.S. in the subject from WVU in 1996. She went on to receive an M.S. and a Ph.D. in food science and technology from Virginia Tech. She’s won the Davis College Outstanding Teacher Award and the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Matak is widely published and has won several grants.

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