For undergraduates interested in pursuing dietetics, Cornell University offers a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Until 2023, completing this program, as well as supervised practice—typically through the Dietetic Internship (DI)—will allow you to take the Registered Dietitian exam, which is the most widely held credential of nutrition practitioners. Beginning in 2024, you will need to complete a master’s degree, as well as supervised practice, as a prerequisite for taking the RD exam.
The DPD is a program, not a major, and as such you may complete DPD coursework with any major. DPD coursework fits best, however, with majors in the Division of Nutritional Sciences.
What would I do with a DNS degree?
About 40-50% of Human Biology, Health and Society (HBHS) major and 10-20% of Nutritional Sciences (NS) major graduates plan to attend medical school and other health profession schools including dental, nursing, and physical therapy. About 30% of NS graduates plan to complete dietetic internships. About 10-20% of seniors intend to go to graduate programs in many different fields and others enter the job market in areas as diverse as banking and the Peace Corps.
Students who have taken advantage of these special programs return to campus with new understandings about themselves and their career goals, as well as the cultural, economic or political forces that affect people’s lives.
Our students have studied abroad in many countries, including Italy, Australia, England, Israel, Spain, and Denmark.
The Practicing Medicine program will expose you to a range of multicultural issues in New York City. You also may deepen your learning through experiences in geriatric long-term care facilities, surgical intensive care units, pediatric medical practice and community nutrition programs.