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Dr. Jeanine Mincher
(330) 941-3346

The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) is an upper-division generalist dietetics program with an emphasis in community wellness. The program prepares students for professional practice and establishes eligibility for graduates to sit for the examination to become Registered Dietitians (RD) and Licensed Dietitians in the state of Ohio. During the five-semester program, each student spends a minimum of 1,200 supervised practice hours covering medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition and wellness, maternal and child, foodservice, and aging.

A community wellness emphasis has been identified as a need in the regional area that Youngstown State University serves. Graduates of the coordinated program in dietetics will be positioned to assume major roles in community health programs. The program is currently accredited through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(312) 899-0040 Ext. 5400

Admission to the CPD is restricted since only 12 students can be accommodated. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 63 semester hours (to qualify for junior status) is required before the student begins the program. Detailed information regarding criteria and procedures is available from the Department of Human Ecology. Students are accepted to the CPD in spring, and start the program during fall semester. The current closing date for applications is February 15 for the following fall semester.

Upon satisfactory completion of the CPD, graduates are issued a verification statement that confirms eligibility to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) registration examination for dietitians. CPD graduates who pass the registration examination are entitled to use the RD credential to signify professional competence.

For more information, visit Food and Nutrition Coordinated Program in Dietetics.

General Education Requirements
Basic Skills
ENGL 1550Writing 13
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
MATH 2623Quantitative Reasoning3
Social & Personal Awareness
FNUT 1551Normal Nutrition3
GERO 3745Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare3
or GERO 3703 Aging and Society
HAHS 1500Strong Start FYE2
Arts & Humanities
Natural Sciences Requirements
CHEM 1505Allied Health Chemistry 13
CHEM 1505LAllied Health Chemistry 1 Laboratory0
CHEM 1506Allied Health Chemistry 23
CHEM 1506LAllied Health Chemistry 2 Laboratory0
BIOL 1551Anatomy and Physiology 13
BIOL 1551LAnatomy and Physiology 1 Laboratory1
BIOL 1552Anatomy and Physiology 24
BIOL 1552LAnatomy and Physiology 2 Laboratory0
Additional Accreditation Requirements
ACCT 1503Elementary Accounting3
or HMGT 2603 Hospitality Managerial Accounting 1
COUN 2651Foundations of Helping Skills for Human Ecology Professionals2
or COUN 2650 Foundations of Helping Skills for Allied Health Professionals
BIOL 1560Microbiology for the Health Professions2
BIOL 1560LMicrobiology Laboratory for Health Professions1
MGT 3725Fundamentals of Management3
Major Courses
HMEC 1550Human Ecology Professions1
FNUT 1512Food Safety and Sanitation1
FNUT 1553Food Science and Management Principles3
FNUT 1553LFood Science and Management Principles Laboratory1
FNUT 2603Medical Nutrition Therapy 13
FNUT 2603LMedical Nutrition Therapy 1 Lab1
FNUT 2612Food Systems: Operation, Production, and Service3
FNUT 2612LFood Systems: Operations, Production, and Service Laboratory2
FNUT 2652LNutrition Assessment Laboratory1
CHFM 3731Individual and Family Development3
FNUT 3735Nutritional Biochemistry2
FNUT 3759Advanced Nutrition3
FNUT 3760Medical Nutrition Therapy 23
FNUT 3760LMedical Nutrition Therapy 2 Laboratory2
FNUT 3760RMedical Nutrition Therapy 2 Laboratory Recitation2
FNUT 3761Science of Nutrition in Exercise3
FNUT 4802Research Methods in Dietetics2
FNUT 4802LResearch Methods in Dietetics Laboratory1
FNUT 4810Experimental Foods2
FNUT 4810LExperimental Foods Laboratory1
FNUT 4858Food Service Systems Management4
FNUT 4858LFood Systems Management Laboratory3
FNUT 4860Medical Nutrition Therapy 33
FNUT 4860LMedical Nutrition Therapy 3 Lab3
FNUT 4872Maternal and Child Nutrition2
FNUT 4872LMaternal and Child Nutrition Laboratory2
FNUT 4873Nutrition and Aging2
FNUT 4873LNutrition and Aging Laboratory3
FNUT 4874Community Nutrition and Wellness3
FNUT 4874LCommunity Nutrition and Wellness Laboratory3
FNUT 4885Practicum in Dietetics4
FNUT 5862Food and Culture2
FNUT 5862LFood and Cultures Laboratory1
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
BIOL 1551
Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Anatomy and Physiology 1 Laboratory
CHEM 1505
Allied Health Chemistry 1
and Allied Health Chemistry 1 Laboratory
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
HAHS 1500 Strong Start FYE 2
HMEC 1550 Human Ecology Professions (F,S,X) 1
SOC 1500 Introduction to Sociology 3
 Semester Hours16
CHEM 1506
Allied Health Chemistry 2
and Allied Health Chemistry 2 Laboratory
FNUT 1512 Food Safety and Sanitation 1
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
FNUT 1551 Normal Nutrition (F,S,X) 3
BIOL 1552
Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Anatomy and Physiology 2 Laboratory
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
 Semester Hours17
Year 2
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
FNUT 1553 Food Science and Management Principles (F,S) 3
FNUT 1553L Food Science and Management Principles Laboratory (F,S) 1
MATH 2623
Quantitative Reasoning
or Stat Lit and Crit Reasoning
COUN 2651 Foundations of Helping Skills for Human Ecology Professionals (F) 2
FNUT 2652L Nutrition Assessment Laboratory (F,S) 1
AH Elective 3
 Semester Hours16
BIOL 1560
Microbiology for the Health Professions
and Microbiology Laboratory for Health Professions
ACCT 2602 Financial Accounting 3
FNUT 2603 Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 (F,S) 3
FNUT 2603L Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 Lab (F,S) 1
FNUT 2612
Food Systems: Operation, Production, and Service
and Food Systems: Operations, Production, and Service Laboratory (F,S)
FNUT 3735 Nutritional Biochemistry (S) 2
 Semester Hours17
Year 3
CHFM 3731 Individual and Family Development (F,S,X) 3
FNUT 3759 Advanced Nutrition (F) 3
FNUT 3760 Medical Nutrition Therapy 2 (F) 3
FNUT 3760R Medical Nutrition Therapy 2 Laboratory Recitation (F) 2
FNUT 3760L Medical Nutrition Therapy 2 Laboratory (F) 2
FNUT 4802 Research Methods in Dietetics (F) 2
 Semester Hours15
MGT 3725 Fundamentals of Management 3
FNUT 3761 Science of Nutrition in Exercise (S) 3
FNUT 4802L Research Methods in Dietetics Laboratory (S) 1
FNUT 4860 Medical Nutrition Therapy 3 (S) 3
FNUT 4860L Medical Nutrition Therapy 3 Lab (S) 3
FNUT 5862
Food and Culture
and Food and Cultures Laboratory (S)
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
FNUT 4858 Food Service Systems Management (F) 4
FNUT 4858L Food Systems Management Laboratory (F) 3
FNUT 4873 Nutrition and Aging (F) 2
FNUT 4873L Nutrition and Aging Laboratory (F) 3
SOC 3745
Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare
or Aging and Society
 Semester Hours15
FNUT 4810 Experimental Foods (S) 2
FNUT 4810L Experimental Foods Laboratory (S) 1
FNUT 4874 Community Nutrition and Wellness (F) 3
FNUT 4874L Community Nutrition and Wellness Laboratory (F) 3
FNUT 4872 Maternal and Child Nutrition (S) 2
FNUT 4872L Maternal and Child Nutrition Laboratory (S) 2
SOC 3745
Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare
or Aging and Society
 Semester Hours16
FNUT 4885 Practicum in Dietetics (X) 4
 Semester Hours4
 Total Semester Hours132

F – Offered in the fall semester   S – Offered in the spring semester  X – Offered in the summer semester

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the coordinated program in dietetics, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively.
  • Effectively integrate biochemical concepts into dietetics practice.
  • Effectively integrate physiological concepts into dietetics practice.
  • Effectively apply theory from the social sciences to dietetics practice.
  • Effectively present results of research study.
  • Effectively apply concepts from food, nutrition, management, and health care systems to dietetics practice.
  • Practice effectively as members of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate competency in medical nutrition therapy.
  • Demonstrate competency in foodservice management practice.
  • Demonstrate competency in community nutrition practice.