Healthcare is the largest growing career in Kentucky.

A degree in dietetics or human nutrition may be right for you! We offer the following undergraduate programs: 

The Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics prepares individuals to be experts in the field of food and nutrition.

  • Graduates of the DHN Dietetics Program are prepared to apply for an accredited  supervised practice program/dietetic internship in order to become eligible to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) national registry exam to earn the credential Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Or they can complete the Coordinated Program in Dietetics to be eligible for the CDR exam to earn the RDN credential.
  • As a RDN, graduates function as entry-level professionals with opportunities for practice in: medical nutrition therapy, nutrition counseling, community dietetics, food systems management, business and entrepreneurship, product development, nutrition research, corporate wellness, FCS extension, and health and wellness.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition offers appropriate preparation for further study in nutrition and food systems management and other health related fields, particularly public health, medicine, pharmacy, health care supplies, physical therapy, physician assistant, and nutrition research. 

  • Human Nutrition prepares you for careers in: quality control and product development for the food industry, regulatory services and food policy, formulation and sales of nutritional supplements, pharmaceutical development and sales, and other health-related professions. Human Nutrition prepares you for advanced study in: medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, public health, FCS extension, and nutrition research.

New! Undergraduate Certificate in Nutrition for Human Performance. Learn about strategic fueling and recovery practice for optimizing performance, preventing injury, and promoting successful rehabilitation. 

Our students serve as College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment Ambassadors.  These students travel the state to promote the College, School of HES, and the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition. 

Admission to the Major

Students are required to apply to the major once they completed all the DHN pre-major courses (BIO 148, CHE 105, CHE 107, CHE 111, CHE 113, DHN 212, and DHN 241) with a minimum GPA of 2.8 and have a minimum 2.4 overall (cumulative) GPA. Learn more about applying to the major. 

Living-Learning Residential Community 

DHN is part of the Interprofessional Healthcare Residential College (IHRC), a high-impact, living-learning program designed for highly-motivated students who have a passion for interprofessional healthcare. 

  • Who may apply?
    • Incoming Students: Interested students can apply for the IHRC on your online UK Housing application. Apply now!
    • Current Students - Mentor Application: Live in community and develop your leadership skills as a peer mentor. To learn more and apply, please read here
  • Why apply?
    • Belong: Be engaged in a community of peers with common health care interests.
    • Succeed: Increase your chances of greater academic success.
    • Lead: Utilize and enhance leadership and critical thinking skills.