Curriculum

What you’ll learn

The 90-credit-hour Post-professional Doctorate in Nutrition and Dietetics (PPDND) provides a path for registered dietitians to advance their academic training in the field of nutrition and dietetics through a combination of traditional classroom and online courses with the flexibility to be a full- or part-time student.

Up to 30 credit hours of previous graduate work may be applied to the post-professional degree. Potential transfer credits will be reviewed on an individual basis by a faculty committee. 

PPDND Curriculum Year One

Semester 1 (Fall) | 15 credit hours

  • BIOL 55600 Physiology I (3 credits)
  • BIOC-B 500 Introductory Biochemistry (3 credits)
  • PBHL-B 561 Introduction to Biostatistics I (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 640 U.S. Public Health Nutrition (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Semester 2 (Spring) | 15 credit hours

  • BIOL 55700 Physiology II (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 650 Food Science (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 652 Meal Planning for Culturally Diverse Populations (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 663 Evidence-based Practice in Nutrition and Dietetics (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 670 Nutrition in Pregnancy & Lactation (3 credits)

Semester 3 (Summer) | 3 credit hours

  • NTRD-N 655 U.S. Food Market Place (3 credits)

PPDND Curriculum Year Two

Semester 4 (Fall) | 15 credit hours

  • MPAS-M 818 Principles of Medical Pharmacology for Physician Assistants (3 credits)
  • PBHL-H 508 Managing Health Care Accounting Information for Decision Making (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 674 Pediatric Nutrition (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 750 Vitamins and Minerals (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 751 Human Metabolic Nutrition I (3 credits)

Semester 5 (Spring) | 16 credit hours

  • NTRD-N 752 Human Metabolic Nutrition II (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 753 Nutrition and the Microbiome (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 760 Personalized Adult Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 801 Seminar in Nutrition & Dietetics (1 credit)
  • PBHL-H 507 Management of Individual and Group Behavior (3 credits)
  • PBHL-H 509 Health Services Financial Management (3 credits) 

Semester 6 (Summer) | 6 credit hours

  • NTRD-N 762 Personalized Adult Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 765 Advanced Pediatric Nutrition (3 credits)

PPDND Curriculum Year Three

Semester 7 (Fall) | 10 credit hours

  • NTRD-N 746 Nutrition Education Experience (1 credit)
  • NTRD-N 850 Process Improvement Proposal (3 credits)
  • Electives (6 credits)

Semester 8 (Spring) | 7 credit hours

  • NTRD-N 855 Process Improvement Project (3 credits)
  • Electives (4 credits)

Semester 9 (Summer) | 3 credit hours

  • NTRD-N 855 continues
  • Elective (3 credits)