Benedictine University has a 35 year history of excellence in nutrition. We offer an undergraduate B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics major program, which is a Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD). Our DPD is one of five programs in Northern Illinois that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students completing the DPD degree program are eligible to apply for acceptance into accredited Dietetic Internship programs.
Benedictine University offers a B.A. in Health Education and Promotion. This major was designed to provide students with the evidence-based knowledge and practice of skills to assess, create, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate programs designed to promote, maintain and improve the health of individuals, groups and communities, as well as impact environments and policies. Students learn through classes and a field experience.
Projected employment for health educators is expected to increase at a rate much faster than the national average. Graduates of this program will meet the current academic eligibility requirements to take the written exam for Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), offered through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC).
Benedictine University offers a new B.A. in Food and Nutrition Management. The program is unique in its emphasis on the science of food as basis for manipulation and healthier eating, the inclusion of sustainability, and affiliation with a strong business management program. Students are encouraged to use their electives to earn a minor in an area of business. This new degree is the perfect complement to a culinary associates degree.
The Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) program prepares students to become vital ingredients in community-based nutrition and wellness programs. The online M.A. program provides the opportunity for students to select a certificate in Health Education, Community Nutrition Engagement, or Nutrition Entrepreneurship.
Successful completion of the combined Master / Dietetic Internship program qualifies one to sit for the registration examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). We offer an on campus Master of Science (M.S.) or online Master of Arts (M.A.) in Nutrition and Dietetics. Students must have completed a DPD to apply to these combined Master / Dietetic Internship programs.