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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill opened a new and exciting program in Fall 2018 to prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics (see  UNC Chapel Hill is one of only 8 institutions in the country to be selected for the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards. These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has demonstrated its leadership in education and is part of the first cohort of programs to be accredited by ACEND under these new standards.

Program graduates will be eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. For more information on pathways to becoming a Registered Dietitian, please visit this site.

Contact Amanda S. Holliday MS, RD, LDN for more information.

Minimum Requirements for Admission

  • Applicants must hold an appropriate baccalaureate degree from a four-year college or university or its international equivalent with a 3.0 GPA or better.
  • Applicants are required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Physicians and dentists may submit Medical College or Dental Admission Test scores in lieu of GRE scores. The UNC Graduate School recommends a minimum score of 50th percentile or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections of these exams, however there are no hard minimums for admission.
  • The following prerequisite courses are required. They do not need to be completed at the time of application, but applicants must show that they will be able to complete them prior to enrolling in the program, if admitted. Pre-requisites may be completed at most any regionally accredited 2- or 4-year institution.
    • Chemistry (Chemistry I and Lab, Chemistry II and Lab, and at least one semester of Organic*)
    • Biochemistry*
    • Human Anatomy*
    • Human Physiology*
    • Microbiology with lab
    • Human Nutrition
    • General Psychology
    • Introduction to Anthropology or Sociology I

*For these courses, a lab is recommended but not required for admission

Application Requirements

  • Complete SOPHAS application before submitting The Graduate School application
  • Submit a personal statement stating reasons for applying to this program (see application for specific questions). The statement should identify career goals and discuss why the student is a good “fit” for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MPH program.  At the end of the statement, list completed prerequisite courses.  If a prerequisite has not been completed, applicants should indicate a detailed plan for completing the requirements before enrollment.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae, which details paid and volunteer experiences. Applicants are encouraged to have work and/or volunteer experience in areas relevant to nutrition, health or other areas related to management, education, fitness or social services and public health.
  • Provide three reference letters. While not required, it is recommended that at least one of your references be from an academic source.

Application Deadlines

We highly recommend that you submit online your completed application prior to December 1, 2019. Decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applications received after December 1st will be considered until the class is filled.

Applications received prior to December 10th will be eligible for consideration for The Graduate School fellowships.  Financial aid information for graduate students can be found on the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid’s website.

Need more information?  Please fill out a Prospective Student Inquiry Form.