Dietetics is an allied health field that builds on the foundations of life and social sciences. Registered dietitians are eligible for positions in hospitals, commercial food establishments, long-term care facilities, food industry, government-sponsored child nutrition programs, colleges and universities dining services, the armed forces and community health agencies.
Western Michigan University's didactic program in dietetics leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
As a graduate of WMU's dietetics program, you will be eligible to apply for post-graduate internship programs. You should apply for admission to internships during the last semester of your senior year or after graduation. You must complete the internship and pass the registration examination for dietitians to qualify for certification as a registered dietician.
You can network and learn more about the field before you graduate by joining relevant student and professional organizations. The Student Dietetic Association is the active student group in which dietetics majors participate, and membership in SDA is the stepping-stone for involvement in the profession. The American Dietetic Association is the accrediting body for the profession of dietetics; membership automatically guarantees membership in the state dietetic association. The Southwest Michigan District Dietetic Association provides networking opportunities for dietitians in the southwest Michigan area and regularly provides continuing education activities in the form of seminars and presentations on various nutrition topics for its members.
Recent WMU graduates with degrees in dietetics are working as:
- Consulting dietitians
- Clinical dietitians
- Directors of food and nutrition services
- Directors of school dining services
- Food service dietitians
- Public health and community dietitians
- Research dietitians
- Nutrition educators
- Instructors and professors at colleges and universities
- Food and nutrition writers
- Corporate dietitians
- Sports dietitians
Among the organizations they work for are:
- Hospitals, HMOs, or other health care facilities
- Sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs
- Food and nutrition-related businesses and industries
- Private practices working under contract with health care providers, food companies or in their own business
- Community and public health settings
- Research areas in food and pharmaceutical companies, universities and hospitals