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Nutrition and Hospitality Management (NHM) Program

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The two concentrations within the Nutrition and Hospitality Management program are Hospitality Management and General Dietetics or the Didactic program in Dietetics (DPD).

The Nutrition and Hospitality Management Program at AAMU is designed for students who possess a strong interest in the sociological, psychological, and economical aspects of food as it relates to nutritional status and world hunger.  The program provides a broad education in the science of nutrition and preparation of food as related to an individual’s lifestyle, culture, and health. Collectively, the knowledge and experiences obtained from the programs will equip graduates with the tools and skills required to promote the nutrition and well-being of individuals and groups in a variety of settings and confidently fulfill jobs in hospitality, food service, community nutrition, and dietetics.


The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) enables students to complete the academic requirements needed to qualify for a dietetic internship or supervised practice needed to qualify to take the examination to become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.). AAMU/FCS/NHM accommodates part-time students, diverse students, and students with second degrees seeking to become registered dietitians.


The DPD is currently granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Education (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL. 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040, ext. 5400. Questions regarding dietetics education may be emailed to Information also is available on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) website.    

The dietetics concentration is appropriate for students who would like to become recognized nutritionists or registered dietitians. There are five steps to becoming a registered dietitian (R.D.) including:


1.    Complete a bachelor's degree and receive a verification statement from an ACEND accredited program (Didactic Program in Dietetics).

2.    Get matched to an ACEND accredited supervised practice dietetic internship program (some dietetic internships are combined with a master's degree, which is optional). For students who do not match to an internship, applying to an Individual Supervised Practice Pathway is an option.

3.    Pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration's dietetic registration exam.

4.    Gain licensure in your state of practice, if applicable.

5.    Maintain continuing education.



The mission of the DPD program at AAMU University is to prepare students to be competent for acceptance into a dietetic internship program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. The DPD also prepares students for entry-level careers related to food and nutrition or graduate level education.



Goal 1: Prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietetic professionals.

Program Objectives for Goal 1 

1.     Over a five-year period, at least 80% of the DPD graduates will pass the Registered Dietitian (RD) registration exam the first time taking the exam or within the first year after taking the first exam.

2.     Within twelve months of program completion, at least 50% of graduates will apply to dietetic internships or other post-graduate programs

3.     Over a five-year period, at least 75% of students enrolled in the professional courses in the third year of an undergraduate-level DPD will complete the program/degree requirements within three years.

4.     Within twelve months of program completion, 25% of DPD graduates will apply to post-baccalaureate programs and 50% of those who apply will get accepted into the program


Goal 2: Prepare graduates to become leaders and lifelong learners serving culturally diverse communities.

Program Objectives for Goal 2

1.     Over a five-year period, at least 75% of DPD graduates who apply to dietetic internship programs, but were not   accepted will obtain employment in dietetics or a related field.

2.     At least 75% of DPD graduates who respond to the Graduate survey will rate themselves as “prepared” or “very prepared” for their supervised practice program.

3.     At least 50% of DPD graduates who passed the Registered Dietitian (RD) registration exam will remain Registered Dietitians beyond five years.



Students are referred to the University Bulletin for specific requirements for admission and graduation for all students.  Additional departmental program and DPD requirements include:

1.    Completion of all NHM and FCS courses with a minimum grade of C.

2.    Students are also required to maintain an overall and DPD GPA of at least 2.75 and 3.0, respectively, to maintain their DPD student status.

3.    Completion of required semester hours as listed by program areas. Students seeking verification of DPD completion must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in DPD completion courses (see advisor). In addition, these students must achieve a grade of B or better in the following DPD courses: NHM 201L, 301L, NHM 302L, NHM 405, NHM 407 and NHM 408L. Students are also strongly recommended to acquire voluntary/work experience in patient care and food service.

4.    University Disciplinary and Termination Policies: The Dietetics program abides by the university policies regarding disciplinary action and termination procedures.  Information is found at:



It is the responsibility of each student to meet with his/her advisor during the regular advisement period prior to registration each semester.  Using the program of study guide, students should develop a tentative schedule prior to advisement.  This allows the time spent with the advisor to be more effective and productive for the student.


Additionally, new Dietetics students should contact the DPD Director to set up an appointment for an initial counseling and information session. The director compiles an academic file on each DPD student to include current student transcripts and checklists. This student file will be used to advise students each semester and updated accordingly so that the student and the advisor will be aware of academic status.


Students will be assessed at the initial counseling session for their probability of success in the program and the dietetics profession. Students who have not attained the required academic benchmarks (Overall GPA of 2.75 or greater out of 4.0 and the grade of “C” on all science-based courses) will be advised by the DPD Director to improve their GPA and/or retake science-based courses; or continue in the Dietetics Program (with no expectation of receipt of a verification statement) and explore related career options that do not require dietetic registration; or else choose another career field to study or academic concentration to pursue.


Student performance is continuously monitored. All DPD students must contact their advisors each semester for academic counseling before they can be cleared for registration. If academic difficulties are observed, DPD students will be provided with information regarding grade replacement and/or tutoring options.


Additional information regarding institutional policies and procedures relating to academic regulations may be found in the AAMU Bulletins online.


Contact Info


Dr. Nahid Sistani

Program Coordinator,
and DPD Director

Carver Complex - Bonner

Room 108-B