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4 years
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Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Dietetics is the field of public health concerned with diet and its effects on health, especially with the practical application of a scientific understanding of nutrition. The major at IUB is a didactic program which prepares students to apply for the 1,200 hour internship and pass the board examination necessary to become a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist (RDN). (note: graduating with the degree in Dietetics does not suffice to become an RDN, you must complete a rigorous internship and pass the board examination after graduating from the program at IUB). Many courses in this major are offered only in Fall or Spring semesters and have one or more pre-requisite courses, so planning and sequencing of these courses is very prescriptive, so meet frequently with your academic advisor to ensure you are on track for timely graduation. Failure to follow the correct sequence of courses may result in delayed graduation time.

Admission requirements

First-year admission standards

High school curriculum & equivalency prerequisites

  • 8 credits (semesters) of English, such as literature, grammar, or composition
  • 7 credits (semesters) of mathematics, including:
    • 4 credits of algebra and 2 credits of geometry (or an equivalent 6 credits of integrated algebra and geometry)
    • 1 credit of pre-calculus, trigonometry, or calculus
  • 6 credits (semesters) of social sciences, including:
    • 2 credits of U.S. history
    • 2 credits of world history/civilization/geography
    • 2 additional credits in government, economics, sociology, history, or similar topics
  • 6 credits (semesters) of sciences, including at least 4 credits of laboratory sciences: biology, chemistry, or physics
  • 4 credits (semesters) of world languages
  • 3 or more credits (semesters) of additional college-preparatory courses
    • Additional mathematics credits are recommended for students intending to pursue a science degree
    • Additional world language credits are recommended for all students

Average high school GPA

3.90 (out of 4.0)

Secondary school graduation requirement

You need to complete the equivalent of U.S. high school. Many education systems call this upper secondary school. It includes all course components and examinations required for graduation.

If you are homeschooled or attend an alternative school, you need to submit credentials that demonstrate equivalent levels of achievement and ability.

Demonstration of English proficiency

IU Bloomington requires all nonnative English-speaking international undergraduate applicants to demonstrate English proficiency.

For more information about admission requirements in each IU school, please contact the institute.

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Program content

Year One

Fall Term

  • IUB GenEd Foundations: English Composition
  • IUB GenEd Breadth of Inquiry: Arts and Humanities
  • IUB GenEd Foundations: Mathematical Modeling

Spring Term

  • CHEM-C 117 AND CHEM-C 127 Prin of Chem and Biochem lecture and lab
  • SPH- B150 Introduction to Public Health
  • CLAS-C 209 Medical Terms from Greek and Latin
  • IUB GenEd Breadth of Inquiry: Social and Histroical Studies
  • IUB GenEd Breadth of Inquiry: Arts and Humanities

Year Two

Fall Term

  • CHEM-R 340
  • SPH-N 231 Human Nutrition
  • COLL-P 155 Public Oral Communication or Professional Writing
  • IUB GenEd World Languages and Cultures: World Cultures

Spring Term

  • ANAT-A 215 Basic Human Anatomy
  • SPH-N 331 Life Cycle Nutrition
  • Cognitive Psychology or Educational Psychology or Psychology of Learning
  • IUB GenEd World Languages and Cultures: World Cultures

Year Three

Fall Term

  • PHSL-P 215 Human Physiology
  • SPH-N 336 Public Health Nutrition
  • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing
  • Contemporary/Alternative Approaches to Health

Spring Term

  • SPH-N 320 Food Chemistry
  • SPH-N 325 Food Chemistry Lab
  • SPH-N 431 Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • SPH-N 433 Medical Nutrition Therapy Application
  • BIOL-M 200 Microorganisms in Nature and Disease

Year Four

Fall Term

  • SPH-N 430 Advanced Nutrition I
  • SPH-N 321 Quality Food Purchase and Production
  • SPH-N 401 Issues in Dietetics
  • SPH-Q 381 Introduction to Biostatistics
  • Human Resource Management

Spring Term

  • SPH-N 416 Introduction to Nurtitional Counseling and Education
  • N 322 Management Systems in Dietetics
  • BIOL-L 330 Biology of the Cell
  • SPH-N 432 Advanced Nutrition II
  • SPH-H 494 Research Methods

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please contact the university for more information.


  • Indiana residents: $11,332 per year
  • Non-residents: $38,352 per year



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Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana University in Bloomington (IU) was founded in 1820 and is one of the largest universities in the United States. IU is one of only 34 public university members of the selective Association of American Universities. Its 42,000 students come...

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Why study at Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana University Bloomington, also known as "IUB" or just "IU," offers students from all over the world the quintessential American college experience. With over 43,000 students, IU is one of the largest universities in the US, but it has a small-school feel. This means you'll have access to state-of-the-art facilities for research, creativity, and sports, and learn from world-class instructors, but you'll also find yourself in small classes with opportunities to really connect with your classmates and professors. While there are certainly large lecture-style classes as well, our average class size is 30, and most of our class sections have 20 students or less.

IU is also a very diverse place - we're a second home to over 5,000 international students from 144 countries, and 37% of our faculty have an international background.

IU offers over 200 undergraduate majors, including some that are the first of their kind in the US, such as the BS in Intelligent Systems Engineering, and the BS in Cybersecurity and Global Policy. With twenty degree programs ranked among the top ten on national and global indexes, Indiana University is particularly known for its Kelley School of Business; Jacobs School of Music;School of Informatics, Computing, & Engineering; School of Media (film and journalism);and School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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Indiana University Bloomington

107 S. Indiana Avenue
47405 Bloomington Indiana
United States of America

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