Graduate Nutrition Practicum

Boston University offers an outstanding variety of affiliations for your practicum experience. Besides the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in professional settings, these experiences help many students clarify their career goals.

Graduate Nutrition Practicum (SAR HS 811)

The Graduate Nutrition Practicum (SAR HS 811) is required for the BU MS+DI program, and the DPD/MS+DI program, and optional for the MS in Nutrition (two semester) Program. In this three-credit course, you will spend a minimum of 150 hours working with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or other health care professional in an area of your interest. This coveted experience allows you to customize your program and provides an ideal opportunity to begin exploring the numerous career possibilities in dietetics and nutrition. Students have completed the practicum in a wide range of settings, including clinical, media, research, sports and performance nutrition, community, public health, academic, food service, industry, communications, and private practice. These include:

  • Alison RD Private Practice
  • Boston University Student-Athlete Fueling Station
  • Boston College Student-Athlete Fueling Station
  • Boston Medical Center General Research Center
  • Boston Medical Center Teaching Kitchen
  • Boston Medical Center Pediatric Grow Clinic
  • Boston Medical Center outpatient pediatric clinic
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital Outpatient Nutrition & Wellness Center
  • Boston Children’s Hospital Female Athlete Program
  • Boston Children’s Hospital Outpatient Nutrition Clinic
  • Boston Children’s Hospital Endocrine Research Center
  • Cambridge Eating Disorder Clinic
  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Community Servings
  • Dana Fryer LLC Private Practice
  • Forsyth School of Dentistry, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Fresenius Medical
  • Fresh Communications
  • Fuel Forward
  • Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Joslin Diabetes Clinic at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Needham
  • Kids Cooking Green Community Program
  • Lavallee Wellness Private Practice
  • Life Care Long Term Care Facility
  • Massachusetts General Hospital General Research Center
  • Mass General Brigham Home Base Center for Veterans
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Management Center
  • Massachusetts General Hospital for Children
  • Maura Walker, PhD Lab at BU
  • Metrowest Nutrition Private Practice
  • Megan McCrory, PhD Lab at BU
  • Mount Auburn Outpatient Cancer Center
  • Mother of Fact
  • NeuroLogic Private Practice
  • Newton Wellesley Outpatient Oncology Clinic
  • Nicola McKeown, PhD Lab at BU
  • Nourish for Life Private Practice
  • NutureTalk On-Demand Lactation Support Service
  • Paula Quatromoni, DSc, Nutritional Epidemiology Lab at BU
  • Renfrew Eating Disorder Treatment Center
  • BU’s Sargent Choice Nutrition Center
  • Snacking in Sneakers
  • SpotOn! Podcast
  • Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University
  • U Mass Medical Center Newborn Intensive Care Unit
  • US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Military Nutrition Division
  • Walden Behavioral Care Eating Disorders Treatment Center

Please note:

  • Students who are admitted to Sargent College routinely participate in clinical education experiences as a part of the respective program curricula. Most clinical education facilities require criminal background checks to determine students’ eligibility for participation. History of a criminal background may disqualify students from participating in these experiences which are required for successful completion of the degree program.
  • Students may have to provide documentation of medical exams or immunizations before clinical education experiences.
  • Students are responsible for all expenses related to clinical education including travel-related expenses and placement specific costs. Travel-related costs include access to a car or car-ride service as not all placement sites are accessible via public transportation. Additional placement costs (up to approximately $125 per placement) may include fingerprinting, lab coat or scrubs purchase, etc.
  • There may be some clinical placements that are unavailable to students who are non-US citizens.


We are happy to answer your questions. For more information about our practicum course, contact us at or 617-353-1212