Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

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Non-Degree Program for Students Desiring Registered Dietitian Status

Students can complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), the courses that are required to become a Registered Dietitian. Students who complete this option will have completed the Boston University Didactic Program in Dietetics (BUDPD). They will be eligible to participate in the national computer matching process for Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) accredited dietetic internships. Successful completion of a dietetic internship is required prior to taking the AND national registration exam.

The BUDPD is approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the AND, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; 321-899-0040 ext. 5400.

Admission Requirements

To apply, students must submit the BU Sargent College Graduate School Application, which requires submission of three letters of reference, a personal statement (limited to 500 words), and all undergraduate transcripts. Students must document completion of a bachelor’s degree. Completed applications must be received by February 1. Late applications will not be reviewed.

Prerequisite courses include one-semester, stand-alone courses that require a lab in general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, physiology, and microbiology. Courses in writing, biochemistry, and statistics are also required. Minor deficiencies in prerequisite coursework may be completed during the program, but this may extend the period of study. Students are encouraged to apply even if they have not completed all prerequisite coursework. If they are accepted into the program, they will then have a faculty advisor to help with selection of appropriate prerequisite courses. Prerequisite courses must be completed at a four-year college or university. In general, credits from online courses and community colleges are not accepted.


Required Courses for Didactic Program in Dietetics. All courses are 4 credits unless otherwise indicated. All food and nutrition courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C. After satisfactory completion of the program, students will receive a DPD verification statement.

Fall I

  • SAR HS 542 Exercise Physiology
  • SAR HS 551 Human Nutrition Science
  • CAS PS 101 General Psychology
  • SMG SM 131 Business, Society & Ethics
  • SMG FE 101 Introduction to Finance (2 cr)

Spring I

  • SPH PM 702 Introduction to Health Policy and Management (3 cr)
  • SAR HS 500 Food Science
  • SAR HS 561 Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle
  • SPH SB 721 Social and Behavioral Sciences for Public Health (3 cr)

Fall II

  • SAR HS 566 Community Nutrition
  • SAR HS 584 Medical Nutrition Therapy I
  • SAR HS 567 Methods in Nutrition Research (2 cr)

Spring II

  • SAR HS 510 Management of Food Service Systems
  • SAR HS 585 Medical Nutrition Therapy II

Fall III

  • SAR HS 520 Applications of Food Service Management
  • SAR HS 586 Applied Nutrition Care
  • SAR HS 588 Applied Nutrition Counseling (2 cr)

All DPD food and nutrition courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.