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MS Nutrition - Didactic Program (DP) Track

Hunter's 41-credit Nutrition Didactic Program (DP) prepares students to obtain the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential. The program duration is 2 years/4 semesters full-time. Classes are offered Mondays-Thursdays, with students typically in class 2-3 days per week per semester. Courses meet 2.5 hours morning and afternoon hours.

A unique and dynamic community-oriented program, Hunter's DP is the only public center for graduate dietetics program in Manhattan, NYC. Our student-centered faculty are committed to disseminating evidence based information, and preparing professional graduates with advanced nutrition training. Our ethnically diverse students are competitive in obtaining dietetic internships, and in their professional roles, have made significant and meaningful contributions to  the dietetics profession and to communities in New York City and beyond.



Hunter's DP, within the School of Urban Public Health, is an ACEND accredited demonstration program under the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards. For further information on ACEND accreditation, contact:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone (800)-877-1600 ext 5400

What is an RD?

An RD is a licensed food and nutrition expert who has met specific academic and professional requirements to  provide for people's specific dietary,  to prevent and treat disease throughout the life cycle and to promote optimal health. RD's provide nutrition counseling in clinical and community settings; manage food programs in schools, institutional or business settings, teach in schools and colleges, communicate nutrition information to the public through the mass media, and conduct nutrition research. Graduates work for hospitals, health and senior centers, food service companies, and in private practices. Read more...

To become an RD, individuals must:


The mission of the DP is to provide students with a rigorous, high-quality graduate education that is based on the scientific principles essential to the practice of nutrition and dietetics, while fostering problem solving, communication, and professional skills that will ensure future success in their chosen endeavors, and enable them to promote optimal nutrition, health, and well-being of individuals, groups, and communities.


The MS-DP has three broad program goals, which reflect the mission of the program and are achieved through activities conducted by the faculty and students.

1.    The program will provide a rigorous and comprehensive graduate education that is not only based on the scientific principles essential to the practice of dietetics, but also helps students attain a solid understanding and a breadth of integrated knowledge in nutrition science, clinical nutrition, research, administration of food and nutrition related services, and public health principles and practice.

2.    The program will prepare graduates for entry into further career preparation.

3.    The program will demonstrate commitment to ongoing assessment and improvement at the macro (program) and micro (course) level.

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