As dietary diseases like diabetes and obesity surge, the demand for dietary experts is skyrocketing. Help your students capitalize.

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Prepare your students to solve global health challenges.

This Nutrition program is designed to prepare students for further study and completion of the ACEND Registered Dietitian certification through an accredited graduate program, as well as careers in food science, community health, and other graduate health specializations.

Sponsors, Professors, and Experts

This program was created by a team of experts and accomplished leaders from academia and expertise in the nutrition field.

Dr. Rachel Schichtl, RD, CFCS, FAND

Adjunct Faculty, University of Central Arkansas

Rachel Schichtl previously taught as an adjunct instructor and held a position at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She received her PhD from Texas Tech University with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Her dissertation examined empathy towards food insecurity. While at Texas Tech Dr. Schichtl also has earned a graduate certificate in Youth Development. She has a Masters and Bachelors from the University of Central Arkansas in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Nutrition and completed her Dietetic Internship at UCA. She currently directs the undergraduate nutrition program and teaches several senior-level nutrition classes as well as graduate and undergraduate courses in Family and Consumer Sciences.

Facts Breakdown

Quick facts on the industry.

Why study Nutrition

The World Health Organization affirms the key role of nutrition in a functioning global health system: “Better nutrition is related to improved infant, child and maternal health, stronger immune systems, safer pregnancy and childbirth, lower risk of non-communicable diseases (such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease), and longevity. Healthy children learn better. People with adequate nutrition are more productive and can create opportunities to gradually break the cycles of poverty and hunger.”

Employer demand

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects steady growth in this sector, with a 2021 median salary of $61,650. Lightcast data shows a similar median wage of $62.6k in recent job postings, which is up a significant 10% in the last year. According to the 2021 Compensation & Benefits Survey of the Dietetics Profession, the median full-time salary of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RD or RDN) is $72,000 per year.

Student demand

There were ~3,800 Bachelor’s completions in Nutrition Sciences (30.1901 CIP) in 2021, up 70% compared to 2016. This puts Nutrition in the top decile for fastest growing Bachelor’s programs.

What you'll learn.

NDM I - Introduction to Nutrition

NDM II - Food Science

NDM III - Food Economics

NDM IV - Lifecycle Nutrition I

NDM V - Lifecycle Nutrition II

NDM VI - Medical Nutrition Therapy