About the Department
"I have truly had an amazing, unforgettable, positive experience. I definitely think I was the lucky intern. All of my preceptors have been outstanding!"
--Winthrop University graduate, Dietetic internship class of 2010.
The Department of Human Nutrition is dedicated to providing quality educational experiences for students and preparing them to think critically; the programs prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to become leaders in the field of nutrition. The undergraduate program meets the minimum academic requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which is a prerequisite for applying to accredited dietetic internships. Students completing the BS in Human Nutrition receive a Didactic Program in Dietetics Verification Statement required for dietetic internship applications. Students take courses in sciences including chemistry, human physiology, and microbiology.
Winthrop University has offered food and nutrition courses since 1887 and began dietetics education in 1917. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy; formerly known as the American Dietetic Association/ADA) a national organization of more than 66,000 dietitians and nutritionists committed to improving the health and nutrition status of Americans, has been responsible for educational programs in dietetics since the 1940's. Winthrop has continuously offered Academy-approved or accredited programs in nutrition and dietetics since that time. The Department currently offers a BS in Human Nutrition, which is an undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), and a post-graduate dietetic internship, both are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy. The Department of Human Nutrition also offers an MS in Human Nutrition.