The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Master of Public Health Registered Dietitian (MPH/RD) program is accredited as a Future Education Model by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Additional information on ACEND can be obtained by contacting them at:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Phone: (800) 877-1600 X 5400
Fax: (312) 899-4817
Email: ACEND@eatright.org
www.eatrightpro.org/ACEND

Successful completion of the MPH/RD program leads to eligibility to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Many states require licensure to practice. Information about the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition and becoming licensed in North Carolina can be found on their website.


The MPH/RD track of the UNC-Chapel Hill program leads to a master’s degree in public health (MPH). The designed outcome is to lead to eligibility for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) exam. The completion of this program does not itself lead to a license. State and federal statutes and regulations may specifically require or exempt licensure in order to practice. Additionally, individual facilities may have requirements that are above or separate from state-specific regulations. For most states, registration with the CDR, graduation from an accredited program, fulfilling fieldwork requirements and passage of an exam fulfills the baseline licensure requirements.

The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health is an accredited school of public health under the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s MPH/RD program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), following the Future Practice Model.

The table below provides a state-by-state breakdown of comparable licenses, including a determination of eligibility for licensure. This information provided is designed as a baseline determination of whether the program meets individual state-specific requirements. Other licenses may be more applicable and/or require additional standards. Licensure requirements and appropriate pathways are subject to change and may differ based on individual student backgrounds, including coursework taken outside the scope of the program. Students should do their own due diligence and determine the appropriate pathway and license type for themselves.

Download Federal Licensure table (.xlsx).