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Curious about food and how it directly affects our health and well-being? The St. Kate’s major in dietetics will teach you how food and nutrition relate to human health and physiology — and how to communicate scientific information about food in a practical, engaging way.

what can I do with a degree in Dietetics?

Upon completion of your dietetics degree (also known as a didactic program in dietetics, or DPD), you will be eligible to pursue an accredited dietetic internship anywhere in the United States. After your internship, you may take the national registration examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). RD/RDNs work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities
  • Food companies
  • Food service organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Public health, public policy and community health programs

A major in dietetics also positions you to pursue graduate studies in a variety of areas including food science, nutrition, business, or healthcare administration.

Please contact the dietetics program director for more information on program outcomes.

what will I study?

Students pursuing the dietetics degree on our St. Paul campus receive a solid academic foundation in food, nutrition and management that is supported with chemistry, biology and social sciences.

  • You will take "Intercultural Foods," where you’ll start in the classroom learning about cultural and religious food patterns, then move into the food lab to create foods from around the world.
  • "Community Lifespan Nutrition," takes you into schools and community organizations to promote healthy nutrition.
  • "Experimental Foods and Nutrition" introduces the use of statistics and allows you to develop an original research project, which can be presented at the annual Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics conference.

These experiences are a definite plus during the dietetic internship application process or at any job interview.

Did you know?

  • Dietetics is offered as a major and second degree.

why St. Kate’s?

In the St. Catherine University dietetics program, you will grow as a leader who thoughtfully approaches issues of food, nutrition and health. You will have unique opportunities to advocate for justice and serve with compassion in the nutrition community.

In our program, you will receive personalized guidance as you move through the curriculum. We provide connections and suggestions for volunteering and working, and we take pride in providing one-on-one guidance through each step of the dietetic internship application process.

Program Accreditation

The DPD is the first step in becoming an RD/RDN. The Didactic Program in Dietetics Student Handbook houses additional information about the program, including

  • unique costs and requirements of the DPD program
  • steps to supervised practice
  • the computer matching process
  • the national registration exam

The knowledge requirements for this program can be found at Core Knowledge Requirements for DPD.

View program mission, goals, and objectives.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at St. Catherine University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND):

120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
312.899.0400 ext. 5400

Additional information can be found at

Major Course Requirements

Major Course Requirements

Learn more about required program courses and admission requirements.

Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The path to a baccalaureate degree at St. Kate’s begins with a core curriculum that emphasizes intellectual inquiry and social teaching; challenging students to transformational leadership.



Our faculty are active researchers, industry and academic award winners and influential members of professional organizations. Most of all, they’re passionate, caring teachers.

The St. Kate's Experience

The St. Kate's Experience

This unique program brings together resources, activities and personal support to help you achieve your goals.