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Program Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Brigham Young University is to develop informed and productive citizens of the family, faith, community, and nation who are prepared to perform effectively in supervised practice and to make meaningful contributions to the dietetics profession.

Program Information

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) begins with approximately four semesters of pre-professional study, which include University general education requirements and specific Program requirement. Students may then apply for acceptance into the professional sequence, the final two years of study. Professional Sequence coursework includes courses in clinical and community nutrition and foodservice management as well as teaching and research methods in dietetics.

During the student's final semester, application is made for a Dietetic Internship (typically 9-12 months in length; located throughout the US), completion of which is required to qualify for the national examination for registered dietitian status.

Graduation and Program Completion Requirements

Graduates of the Didactic Program in Dietetics are eligible to receive an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Verification Statement and apply to an accredited Dietetic Internship and/or take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a Nutrition and Dietetics, Technician Registered (NDTR). Program completion requirements are:

  1. Complete all required dietetics major courses and University Core requirements.
  2. Complete University Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (See for more details).
  3. Be granted a bachelor’s degree.

Program Director Information


Sarah G. Bellini, PhD, RDN, CD

Associate Professor, BYU Didactic Dietetic Program Director
Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science
Brigham Young University
S-219 ESC
Provo, UT 84602

Pre-Dietetics Advisor Information

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Lynette Johnson

Pre-Dietetics Advisor and Department Secretary
Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science
Brigham Young University
S-221 ESC
Provo, UT 84602


Brigham Young University’s Didactic Program in Dietetics and Dietetic Internship are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. They can be contacted at:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190,Chicago, IL 60606-6995,(312) 899-0040 ext 5400