Through excellence in teaching, research, and service, the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) prepares students to meet the changing needs of individuals, consumers, and communities. Consistent with the University and the J. D. Patterson School of Natural Sciences, this mission is implemented through instruction, research, and service. The mission of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is to:
Provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the interrelationships of food, nutrition, and health based upon the integration of principles from a variety of disciplines;
Provide students interested in the dietetics profession with an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited didactic academic program in preparation for entrance into a dietetic internship;
Provide students interested in food service systems management and nutrition-related professions with knowledge, skills, and training in the areas of food, nutrition, and management;
Prepare students interested in graduate study with the knowledge and skills for completion of advanced degree programs; and
Inspire students to have a commitment to life-long learning and to Christian leadership and service in all areas of life.