Doctorate in Nutrition & Dietetics

Become an authority in the nutrition and dietetics field

Indiana University’s professional Doctorate in Nutrition and Dietetics (DND) leverages the power of an IU degree, the state’s foremost leader in health-care education and medical practice.

The DND prepares you to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and to practice as an autonomous professional and valued member of a collaborative health-care team. You’ll graduate equipped to make a difference in people’s lives and become an expert in your profession.

Studying full time in Indianapolis for three years puts you in the center of the state’s leading health and medical care facilities.

You’ll benefit from:

  • Strong scientific foundation to meet the challenges of a rapidly developing and changing profession
  • Supervised practice experiences in inpatient, outpatient, and community settings
  • Self-selected five-week capstone experience
  • A mixture of online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses.
  • Advanced medical nutrition therapy across the lifecycle
  • Enhanced education and preparation in food systems, foodservice, and management
  • Faculty-approved, self-selected translational research project

The Doctorate in Nutrition and Dietetics (entry-level Coordinated Program in Dietetics) has been granted candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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A doctorate in this field can land you positions such as nutrition scientist, university faculty, researcher, or leader in governmental agencies and businesses. Your work in the program will prepare you to utilize scientific methods to solve problems of vital importance to societal health and wellness. You'll be qualified to assume leadership roles in industry and higher education.
Cheryl Armstrong

We take immense pride in our program’s commitment to inclusivity. Welcoming students from diverse backgrounds, both dietetic and non-dietetic, enriches our learning community and contributes to a vibrant academic experience.

Cheryl Armstrong, Ph.D., M.B.A., RDN

11%Projected growth in the field from 2018-2028


100+years of educating Registered Dietitians