Master of Public Health (MPH) - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Track

Future Education Model Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has applied to open a new and exciting program to prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in Fall, 2020. The proposed program will be a track within the current Master in Public Health Program.

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics (see  These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.

UTC demonstrated its leadership in education by submitting an application to be part of the second cohort of programs to be accredited by ACEND under these new standards. Our eligibility application was accepted by ACEND and we are in the candidacy application and review process for our proposed Future Education Model, Future Graduate program in nutrition and dietetics.

The program is not accepting applications at this time but will do so upon successful completion of the candidacy application process when the program receives accreditation from ACEND.

For more information, please contact Francia Portacio, Program Manager: or Melissa Powell, Program Coordinator:

Accreditation Agency

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) is the accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists.

ACEND® can be contacted by:
Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400
Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995