About Dietetics

Dietetics is the application of knowledge about food and nutrition to help people achieve and maintain health throughout the life span. Dietetics integrates knowledge of food, nutrition, management, basic sciences, and social sciences to improve the dietary intake and health of individuals and communities. 

The registered dietitian (RD) is the #1 expert to consult on current and accurate food and nutrition. Today, more than ever, people need registered dietitians to provide expert nutrition information that can enhance the quality of life for individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities in the state, region, and nation. 

Educational & Professional Requirements

Earn a bachelor’s degree at an accredited university or college and complete didactic program requirements in an accredited nutrition & dietetics program. Complete a post-baccalaureate dietetic internship. Pass the national registration examination. 

Employment Opportunities

Registered Dietitians work in:

  •  Hospitals, HMO’s or other health care facilities
  • Sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs
  • Food and nutrition-related business and industry
  • Private practice
  • Community and public health settings
  • Universities and medical centers
  • Healthcare or nutritional sales
  • Pharmaceutical sales

Occupation Profile

Health Care Professions Website

Why Choose Nutrition and Dietetics at Southern Miss? 

  • Smaller classes, more individualized attention
  • Professors have an open door policy
  • Classes provide opportunity for hands-on learning
  • Curriculum is constantly updated to reflect the latest scientific information and career trends
  • Classes are very diverse, providing experience in all areas of dietetics from culinary art to clinical practice
  • High success rate for dietetic internship placements
  • Participation in Student Dietetic Association