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Southern Illinois University



Human Nutrition and Dietetics


Welcome to the profession that has been ranked a hot career choice for 2020 and beyond! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) is expected to grow faster than the average profession. Forbes Magazine also highlighted dietetics as one of the best 25 jobs for millennials based off of employment opportunities and wages. It’s a great time to join a growing profession that provides a variety of career options!

Twenty-five years ago there were only a handful of employment opportunities available to dietitians. Typically, dietitians worked in health care settings, in either clinical or food service management, while a few dietitians worked in education. Today, in addition to traditional career paths, dietitians are moving in directions they have never gone before, and interest in non-traditional jobs is increasing. The "well" population has developed an interest in fitness and healthy food choices. This has opened the doors for employment in various fields: private practice, public health, business, industry, education, research, product development, government/politics, media, marketing, book publishing, sales, health promotion, sports nutrition, spas, fitness centers, and restaurants. Opportunities even exist for consultants and public speakers.

Southern Illinois University’s Human Nutrition and Dietetics (HND) program can help you achieve your dietetic career goals! The program is designed for students to meet the core knowledge requirements for the profession and be eligible to apply for an accredited internship program, which is needed to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). The field of dietetics is important to our society and you will be able to use your talents to its benefit!

The Human Nutrition and Dietetics program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

ACEND® may be contacted via:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400
  • Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza
    Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995
The faculty and staff are committed to assisting you in any we can and look forward to being part of your academic journey! Please feel free to contact Lynn Gill for more information.