Program Requirements

Didactic Program in Nutrition and Food Systems Program Description

The program provides the required dietetics coursework leading to a bachelor's degree with a verification statement. For those students who have already earned a bachelor's degree, the curriculum is designed to allow students to earn a verification statement without completing a second degree. Graduates of ACEND-accredited/approved programs who are verified by the program director may apply for dietetic supervised practice programs/internships to establish eligibility to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam for registered dietitian nutritionists. 

Application and Admission Requirements
Specific application to the Didactic Program is not required; however, students must meet academic performance criteria in order to progress through the program and receive a verification statement. Program requirements and course descriptions can be found in the undergraduate bulletin at http://catalog.usm.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=19&poid=9043. A semester guide can be found in the undergraduate bulletin at http://catalog.usm.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=19&poid=9227. 

Requirements for a minor in nutrition
Students completing a minor in Nutrition and Dietetics must complete a minimum of 18 credits of courses in Nutrition and Food Systems. Course requirements can be found in the undergraduate bulletin at http://catalog.usm.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=19&poid=9016

Graduation and Program Completion Requirements
121 hours are needed to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics with an emphasis in Didactic Program in Dietetics. At least 50% of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The student must earn at least 21 of the last 30 hours of course work and at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss. See Residence Hour Requirements for more information. Graduation requirements can be found at http://catalog.usm.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=19&poid=9301&returnto=1171

  • Non-degree-seeking Students
    Students with a prior bachelor's degree may wish to fulfill requirements for the DPD verification statement only and not receive a second bachelor's degree. A DPD verification statement from The University of Southern Mississippi will be issued to non-degree students when all program requirements are met. Contact the program director for further information.
  • Foreign Students Seeking Verification Statements
    Students with a degree from a foreign country must undergo a transcript evaluation by a credible evaluation service for foreign transcripts. Coursework completed overseas must be equivalent to coursework required at The University of Southern Miss Nutrition and Dietetics didactic program. Students may have to complete additional coursework to meet the ACEND course requirements and meet all other requirements set forth above for receiving a verification statement. 

Tuition and Fees
Cost of the program will vary, and all fees, charges, and costs quoted in the following table are subject to change without notice. Information regarding tuition and fees can be found at http://www.usm.edu/admissions/tuition-campus-housing-meal-plans.

Program Fees:

Lab Coat

$25-50

Books and Supplies (Per year)

$1,000-1,600

Lab Fees (Per semester)

$40-160

Student Nutrition Association (SNA) Student Membership (Per year)

$20

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Student Membership (Per year)

$58

 

Academic Calendar
The program follows the university academic calendar. A copy of the Academic Calendar can be found at http://catalog.usm.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=19&poid=9301&returnto=1171  

Financial Aid and Scholarships
The Financial Aid Office has the responsibility of administering all major areas of financial assistance, including loans, grants, and scholarships.  Further information may be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Office at 601-266-4774 or http://www.usm.edu/financialaid/.

Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships available through the School of Nutrition and Kinesiology. More information about a variety of other scholarships can be found on the Student Success website at: http://www.usm.edu/success/usm-foundation-scholarships. Students majoring in the DPD emphasis may also be eligible for scholarships through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation (ANDF). Application forms for the ANDF scholarships may be obtained from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) website (www.eatright.org).  

Distance Education
While only a few courses are offered in an online format, the majority of DPD courses are face-to-face. Our program is not considered a distant education program.

Experiential Learning Activities
Experiential learning activities are designed to coordinate with several courses in the curriculum. Faculty members responsible for the course will locate all experiential learning locations.

Computer Matching
Students who complete the DPD will be eligible to apply for ACEND-accredited supervised practice programs/internships and will participate in a computer matching process during the application period. Completion of the DPD does not guarantee acceptance into a dietetic internship.

For more information on the Dietetic Internship go to https://www.usm.edu/nutrition/dietetics-practice 

Apply to Southern Miss at https://home.usm.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions.

For more information on the Nutrition and Dietetics Undergraduate program, please contact:

Holly Huye, PhD, RD
Didactic Program in Dietetics Director
Nutrition and Food Systems
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive, #5142
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5172
phone: 601.266.6023
email: holly.huye@usm.edu

The Didactic Program in Dietetics at The University of Southern Mississippi is currently granted Continued Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312.899.5400.