Nutrition and Dietetics

Earn an advanced degree in nutrition and dietetics

Indiana University's campus in Indianapolis offers multiple options for students to become registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) and for practitioners to advance their education. As food and nutrition experts, RDNs transform the science behind nutrition into powerful knowledge that helps people live healthier lifestyles. 

RDN careers take you into health-care facilities such as acute- and long-term care, hospitals, and clinics—helping patients to live well through medical nutrition therapy. As an autonomous professional and valued member of health-care teams, you will be the primary person for providing nutrition prescription. You also may manage foodservice operations, overseeing purchasing and meal preparation, or managing staff. 

Becoming an RDN can also take you into diverse fields. Potential pathways include sports nutrition and corporate wellness; community health and educational systems; public health services such as Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); universities and medical centers; private practice, consulting, or food and nutrition industries; and research and development. 

With an advanced degree, RDNs can become more autonomous in their careers, and valued members of collaborative health-care teams. Other health practitioners will benefit from a stronger scientific background in nutrition, enabling them to provide clients with credible nutrition information that complements their professional expertise. Surveys conducted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics demonstrate advanced degrees translate to higher salaries across disciplines.

$70,000Median Pay, master's-prepared RDNs, Compensation & Benefits Survey of the Dietetics Profession 2021 (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)

5,100Anticipated number of new jobs, 2021–31, Bureau of Labor Statistics

$86,673Minimum annual salary for doctorate-prepared RDNs, Compensation & Benefits Survey of the Dietetics Profession 2021 (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)

Your impact starts here

Get in the action with ~1200 hours of supervised practice experience

Rotations provide you with real-world, supervised practice experiences, at various hospitals, clinics, and community-based organizations. Learning within a variety of settings will broaden your knowledge and help you identify potential career matches.

Benefit from the Indianapolis advantage

As an IU Indianapolis student, you are within walking distance to four of Indiana's leading hospitals and the IU School of Medicine, the nation's largest medical school. You'll also be in the heart of the state's leading health-and medical-care facilities, giving you access to 400-plus community and clinical partnerships.

Make an immediate impact within your community

Beginning day one, you'll engage in hands-on, experiential learning experiences within the community. From developing recipes to interacting in small group educational presentations to community outreach, your impact on making a difference in people's lives begins here.