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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, 2021. 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.  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.

MPH-RDN Track Status Update: The program is not accepting applications at this time

On behalf of the dietetics faculty, we thank you for your interest in the future graduate dietetics program at UTC. We also want to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on the Master of Public Health (MPH)-Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Track at UTC.

For the long-term success of the program, faculty and administration have made the difficult and sound decision to delay the start date until both the MPH and RDN Track have completed their accreditation processes. This will ensure that all MPH-RDN Track graduates will finish with an MPH degree and RDN verification statement from accredited programs. We anticipate the MPH-RDN Track will start in Fall 2021.

While we are delaying the start date of the program, we are not delaying the development of the program. Preceptors can expect to receive information regarding affiliation agreements and preceptor training. Students are encouraged to obtain a baccalaureate degree, complete required pre-requisite courses, take the GRE, and acquire experiences in the public health or dietetics fields. We appreciate your patience and eagerly look forward to the start of the graduate MPH-RDN Track program at UTC.

For more information, please contact Francia Portacio, Program Manager: Francia-Portacio@utc.edu or Melissa Powell, Program Coordinator: Melissa-Powell@utc.edu.

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:
Email: ACEND@eatright.org
Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400
Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995

 

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