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The Dietetics Program at OSU



According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “dietetics is the integration and application of principles derived from several disciplines—including nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, food science and composition, management, food service, and the behavioral and social sciences—to achieve and optimize human health. Dietetic professionals translate the scientific evidence regarding human nutrition and use that information to help shape the food intake or choices of the public.”

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at OSU is the undergraduate program in dietetics and is the first of three steps to becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Upon completion of the DPD, graduates receive a verification statement which allows them to apply for a complete a dietetic internship. Completion of a dietetic internship (step two) is necessary in order to be eligible to sit for the registration exam to become an RDN (step three).


The OSU Didactic Program in Dietetics is continuously accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, (800) 877-1600 x 5400,

 * Program outcomes data are available upon request


catherine palmerOSU DPD Director
Catherine Palmer, MS, RDN/LD
Department of Nutritional Sciences
College of Human Sciences
Oklahoma State University
301 Human Sciences (mailing address)
313 Human Sciences (office address)
Stillwater, OK 74078