The Human Nutrition and Foods program focuses on dietetics, but it also provides a strong foundation for graduate work or professional school in several health-related fields. Students complete courses in food science, nutrition, food service management, sociology, psychology, biology, chemistry, physiology and microbiology. They are also encouraged to take electives in areas that support anticipated career preferences.
When a student finishes the WVU Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements and the University requirements for graduation, the student is eligible to apply for a place in a dietetic internship. Placement in dietetic internships is competitive and graduation and program completion does not guaranteed placement. Upon successful completion of an internship, the student may apply for a provisional license in West Virginia or other states that have licensure for dietitians. A provisional license in West Virginia will be changed to a regular license once the Registered Dietitian exam is passed.
Specific areas of study in the Human Nutrition and Foods curriculum include: nutrition, food science, physiology, microbiology, and biochemistry. To provide students with the knowledge they may need in their future careers, training in management and accounting is also part of the program.
The WVU Didactic Program in Dietetics is currently granted continued accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics , 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040 ext. 5400.