Department of Nutrition & Dietetics
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Check out our programs in Nutrition and Dietetics!
Ouachita is excited to offer training and education in nutrition and dietetics, starting from the bachelor's degree and continuing through the internship and master's degree.
The undergraduate dietetics program includes human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition science, and medical nutrition therapy. The program provides students with expertise in human nutrition, food systems management, diet therapy, community nutrition, and experimental methods in food science. The dietetics undergraduate program is designed to prepare students to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Dietitians promote good health by improving nutritional practices of individuals. Dietitians provide nutrition education and develop individual diets in clinical, community, and food service settings.
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree, students will be awarded a Verification Statement of completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics. Students may apply for a dietetic internship with the Verification Statement. Students complete the Dietetic Inclusive Centralized Application Services (DICAS).
Ouachita also offers a graduate program in nutrition and dietetics, including a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship (MS/DI), to further prepare students for work as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. The MS/DI provides students the opportunity to meet the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' performance requirements in order to take the national Registered Dietitian exam.
Alumni Comments about the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics
OBU stands out among the five universities I have attended as an undergraduate and graduate student. The quality of instruction and well-rounded curriculum of the Dietetics Program prepared me to attend the United States Military-Baylor Graduate Program in Nutrition, which only accepts 10 students per year. In addition to its academic rigors, OBU is a sincere community of people in which to build lasting relationships and treasured memories. Of all the universities I’ve attended, my experience at Ouachita makes it dearest to my heart.
The dietetics department at Ouachita not only equipped me for graduate school and my dietetic internship, it prepared me as a clinician to lead in my profession and serve in my community. I felt extremely prepared as an intern in my class and jumped right into internship rotations with ease. Not only do Dr. Brech and Mrs. Freeman teach clinical skills, they prepare their students to be adaptable and lifelong learners.
The OBU dietetics program prepared me very well for my internship, RD exam, graduate school, and current job. The individualized attention and broad exposure to the field of dietetics through built-in shadowing and practicum experiences were unique components of the OBU’s program that many other programs do not provide.
Dietetics is more than I thought it would be. You’ll learn more than you might think, and you won’t simply learn material; you’ll learn why it matters and how to apply it.
The Dietetics and Nutrition Program challenged me in my academics as well as in getting involved beyond the classroom. The professors equip you with experience and knowledge you need as you move closer to your academic and career goals. I loved this program and how it has prepared me for life as a Registered Dietitian.
The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is located on the 4th floor of Jones Science Center.
Contact the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics by emailing or calling:
Detri Brech, PhD, RD, LD, CDE
Chair, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Program Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics