UW-Green Bay offers attractive options for those interested in becoming dietetic professionals and practicing the science of nutritional services with a focus on health promotion and disease prevention.
Through its Human Biology academic program, the University offers what is known as a “didactic” program in dietetics (DPD) and a dietetic internship (DI).
To become a registered dietitian, a student must complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree including coursework accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The accredited coursework in dietetics is what is known as the didactic program, or DPD. After a student completes the DPD, he or she needs to complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice experience or, in other words, a dietetic internship, or DI. A supervised practice program is typically between six to twelve months in length. Completion of the practice program makes a student eligible to take the National Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Students who wish to participate in a dietetic internship program must apply to that program upon completion of the DPD. Students who graduate from the DPD program at UW-Green Bay are eligible to apply to the DI program at UW-Green Bay or accredited, supervised practice programs offered elsewhere. It is the student’s responsibility to contact each dietetic internship program for current requirements and application procedures. Most internship applications are due in February each year.
Course requirements for the DPD at UW-Green Bay are located in this catalog under the Human Biology major.