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Curious about food and how it directly affects our health and well being? Want to know how food prevents ailments, treats disease and maintains optimum health? St. Kate's nationally respected dietetics major, established almost 80 years ago, teaches you how food and nutrition relate to human health and physiology — and how to communicate scientific information about food in a practical, engaging way.

St. Kate's will prepare you to become a registered dietitian/nutritionist with ethical and innovative leadership skills. Your knowledge will apply to many areas, including restaurants, spas and resorts, health clubs, food-processing companies, hospitals, schools, and government agencies like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

Our rigorous program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and provides students with a four-year degree that prepares them for a 6–12 month dietetic internship after graduation. Our dietetic program covers all aspects of dietetics, including food labeling and additives, nutritional needs throughout the lifespan, menu planning and weight control, to name a few. Students take courses in food science, intercultural foods, food service operations, nutrition, chemistry, microbiology, human physiology, biomedical ethics and the social sciences.

Classroom to career

One hundred percent of our students have passed the competitive Registered Dietitian (RD)/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam since 1969, when registration first started. Dedicated St. Kate's faculty, with RD/RDN credentials themselves, will mentor you through each required step for becoming an RD/RDN.

Impressive food lab

Similar to a large commercial kitchen, our contemporary food lab is outfitted with a variety of cook-tops with both gas and electric ovens. The lab is well-stocked, complete with an overhead demonstration mirror to give you a clear, unobstructed view of what's being prepared or what's being described.

Community outreach

In "Intercultural Foods," you learn about cultural and religious food patterns and how to create culturally sensitive recipes with food-shelf items. You then head to Neighborhood House, a service center in St. Paul for immigrants and low-income individuals, to teach cooking classes. In "Community Lifespan Nutrition," you visit local community nutrition centers and schools to share the importance of nutrition in preventing disease and promoting health with all age groups.

Early career advantage

We're the only dietetics program in Minnesota that requires you to conduct original research and present it at the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. These experiences are a definite plus in a job interview, and for launching a successful career in food research and development. You must also compile a portfolio of your best work. At St. Kate's, we believe that personal reflection on academic achievements and professional experiences inspires greater growth — and keeps you a step ahead in this competitive field.

Faculty experts​

Our faculty specialize in many areas, including public health nutrition, chronic disease prevention, sports nutrition and food safety. They are captivating teachers, active researchers and influential members of professional organizations. Assistant professor Debra Barone Sheats, Chair of the Minnesota Board of Dietetics and Nutrition Practice, is a textbook reviewer and frequent guest lecturer with several community groups. Assistant professor Teri Burgess-Champoux is a reviewer/site visitor with ACEND. Professor Emerita Julie Miller Jones is a scientific advisor for the Grains Food Foundation and a judge in the annual cookbook awards for the James Beard Foundation.

Dynamic food industry​

St. Kate's is located in a state long known for its food industry and leadership in flour milling, grain shipping and food processing. Representatives from Twin Cities-based companies such as General Mills, Land O'Lakes, Target, Cargill and Malt-O-Meal have been invited on campus to speak about their industries and professional experience.