No institutions of higher learning in Delaware offer holistic nutrition programs. However, there are two universities in the state currently offering courses in the related fields of nutrition and dietetics: Delaware State University and the University of Delaware.
Available programs in nutrition and dietetics lead to bachelor's and master's degrees. Both are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Optional concentrations at the undergraduate level are offered by at least one of the schools. Students must hold a bachelor's degree before enrolling in a master's degree program. Graduate students may have to complete a thesis; a non-thesis option is available through one of the programs.
Delaware State University
Delaware State University has more than 4,100 students enrolled on its Dover campus. Aspiring dieticians can take advantage of the Didactic Program in Dietetics concentration offered in the Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutritional Science program. This dietetics concentration is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
Students take general education, supporting food and nutritional science core courses for a total of 125 credits required to graduate. Required coursework includes anatomy and physiology, chemistry and nutrition. After graduating, students can pursue a master's degree in food science at Delaware State that offers concentrations in food chemistry and food microbiology. This master's program requires students to complete 30 credits of coursework, and a thesis is required.
University of Delaware
Although the University of Delaware doesn't offer holistic nutrition programs at its campus in Newark, it does offer several programs in nutrition. Students who want an interdisciplinary education can enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Applied Nutrition program, which offers optional concentrations in food service management, health and exercise sciences, pediatrics, gerontology and weight management. The school also offers an ACEND-accredited Bachelor of Science in Dietetics program that prepares students to become registered dieticians. Students in this B.S. program can complete an optional concentration in health and exercise sciences, pediatrics, gerontology or weight management.
For students who plan to earn graduate degrees in areas like nutritional science or medicine, the school also offers a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science, which includes many science classes and allows students to specialize in food service management, health and exercise sciences, weight management, gerontology or pediatric nutrition. Finally, the University of Delaware also offers a Master of Science in Human Nutrition program that allows students to customize the curriculum to fit their career goals. Program specializations include community nutrition, nutrition education and nutrition science. All graduate students must complete a minimum of 32 semester credit hours and can select a thesis or a non-thesis option.
A license from the state's Board of Dietetics/Nutrition is required to work as a nutritionist or dietician in Delaware. Licensure requires a bachelor's degree in food systems management, nutrition or dietetics from an accredited program, 900 hours of supervised experience and a passing grade on the national registration examination given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Reciprocity is granted to those with credentials from another state that has equivalent requirements. Continuing education is required for license renewal.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Nutrition Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-19)|
|Delaware State University||4-year, public; small city|| Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutritional Science,
Master of Science in Food Science
| $7,868 (undergraduate in-state),
$16,904 (undergraduate out-of-state),
$5,510 (graduate in-state),
$11,726 (graduate out-of-state)*
|University of Delaware||4-year, public; suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Applied Nutrition,
Bachelor of Science in Dietetics,
Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science,
Master of Science in Human Nutrition
| $13,680 (undergraduate in-state),
$34,310 (undergraduate out-of-state),
Source: *NCES College Navigator.