The mission of the Department of Nutrition in the College of Health Sciences at West Chester University is to shape tomorrow's nutrition and dietetics professionals and leaders through quality, relevant, and innovative teaching, service and scholarship.

Program Offerings

The Nutrition Department offers degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Our degree and curriculum options offer a wide variety of rewarding career opportunities including clinical dietetics, community/public health nutrition, sports nutrition, wellness, foodservice management, sustainable food systems and much more.


·         Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) - Our accredited undergraduate nutrition (DPD) coursework is designed to prepare students for application to an accredited Dietetic Internship (DI), graduate school, or the job market.

·         Lifestyle Nutrition - Combines nutrition with business, management, and exercise science. Students learn best practices for promoting healthy lifestyles to diverse individuals and groups for positions in non-profit organizations, fitness centers, government health agencies, and health-related business.

·         Sustainable Food Systems Management - Emphasizes ecological approaches and systems-based thinking for students to develop understanding of local, regional, and international food systems. Students are prepared for positions in food management and careers focused on sustainable food systems in businesses, healthcare, and community-based organizations.


·         Masters of Science in Community Nutrition – A research-focused program for those seeking an advanced degree in community nutrition. The MS promotes nutritional health and disease prevention in communities with an emphasis on vulnerable populations. 

·         Dietetic Internship – Our accredited dietetic internship is a full-time program with two tracks 1) Masters in Community Nutrition DI (MSCN) and 2) Post-graduate DI Certificate. Interns will complete over 1200 hours of supervised practice divided into four rotations: Community Nutrition, Food Systems Management, Clinical I and Clinical II. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National Registration Examination for Dietitians.

Accreditation Information

·         The West Chester University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and Dietetic Internship (DI) are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600 ext: 5400.

WCU Sports Nutrition Education & Fueling Program

Additional Resources

Department Newletter 
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