Dietetics Track

Offering career preparation in dietetics that includes clinical nutrition, food and nutrition management, community nutrition, and consultation and business practice.

Dietitians are known as the food and nutrition experts. A degree in dietetics will prepare you for many career directions and opportunities. Dietitians are able to use their skills to help individuals achieve better health with nutritional intervention. Dietitians have diverse employment opportunities such as hospitals and other health care settings, government agencies, the military, schools and universities, food industries, public health and wellness programs, sports nutrition, businesses, health coaching organizations, private consulting practice and communications. 

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Murray State University is to prepare graduates for successful entry into a dietetic internship and for roles as nutrition and food experts in their communities by fostering critical thinking, effective communication, cultural competency, and a commitment to lifelong learning through evidence-based practices, innovative education, and experiential learning.

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Nutrition Focused Physical Exam

Students performing an oral checkupStudents performing an eye exam
Students checking eye pressureStudents performing a dietetics physical examStudents performing a physical exam

Students in the dietetics program learn to perform Nutrition Focused Physical Exams (NFPE).  By examining a patient’s oral cavity, eyes, hands, and a number of body parts, students learn to diagnose nutrient deficiencies, muscle wasting, and loss of body fat.  In doing so, dietetics professionals become the leading healthcare professional in diagnosing malnutrition.

Interdisciplinary Education

Student in health care fields learning about the others workStudent in dietetics learning about nursing
Students in interprofessional education workshopStudents interacting with simulated feedings

Interdisciplinary workshops allow dietetics students the opportunity to interact with students and faculty in other healthcare-related disciplines.  By engaging in experiential learning opportunities with other disciplines, graduates of the dietetics program are prepared to enter the fast-paced, interdisciplinary environment of today’s healthcare system.


The Murray State DPD was last accredited in 2013 by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.   Questions regarding accreditation may contact ACEND:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL  60606-6995
1-800- 877-1600
312-899- 0040, ext. 5400 ACEND