The Profession

Nutrition professionals provide knowledge on nutrients and the foods from which they are derived, to aid in the maintenance and prevention of disease. Registered Dietitians have the responsibility of assessing a person's nutritional status, recommending appropriate therapeutic diet, and evaluating respond to the diet.


Students who wish to be Registered Dietitians should enjoy working with food and with people, such as helping clients plan meals for their nutritional needs. Students should be interested in the role of nutrition in health and wellness, weight loss, disease prevention or the food service industry. Nutrition is a science that requires knowledge in chemistry, physiology, biology, mathematics and physics.

Exploring Options

Registered Dietitians work in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, long term care facilities, business and industry, and federal and government agencies. A nutrition background can also prepare you for graduate school, medical or dental school, and other professional schools. Click here for salary information.

U of M Programs


Food Science and Nutrition