Welcome Wildcats & Future Wildcats!

Do you have a passion for health and nutrition? Are you considering a health profession such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, physical therapy, physician assistant studies or dietetics? If you answered yes, I would love for you to join us for a tour and talk with you about the programs we offer in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition.

We offer two undergraduate degrees, two certificates, and a master’s degree, as well as many experiential learning and education abroad opportunities. As the Academic Coordinator for the Department, I will be your advisor, guiding you through our curriculum and pre-professional requirements to help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Please reach out to me, Anissa Radford, if you have any questions about our department. I look forward to hearing from you! Go Cats!

~ Anissa

Join us for a Tour

We invite you to join us for a tour of the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at the University of Kentucky.  You’ll have a chance to interact with students, faculty and staff while learning about the many career options available with our majors. The interactive tours will highlight classes, research and experiential learning opportunities offered through the department. We look forward to meeting you soon! 

March 13 – Sports Performance Nutrition

March 27 – Culinary Medicine

April 3 – Improving Health in the Community through Nutrition and Lifestyle Interventions

 Tours Include

  • Lunch with students majoring in dietetics and human nutrition
  • Interactive DHN experience with faculty
  • Meeting with academic advisors 
  • Meeting with representatives from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Schedule Your Tour

Click the "Register Here" button and follow the steps below to schedule your tour!

Register Here

  1. Find the Dietetics and Human Nutrition tours under the “Events” tab.
  2. Click the “11:45 am – 3:00 pm” button for the tour you want to attend. 
  3. Click the “Next” button to confirm your selection.
  4. Click the “Register” button and fill out some information about yourself so we can best prepare for your visit.
  5. Click the “Complete” button to finalize your registration. 

Questions? Contact Lindsay Vance via email or at 859-257-3469

Evaluating Your Career & Education Options

Explore our academic programs and review the frequently asked questions (FAQs) below as you evaluate your career and education options. We also encourage you to visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' FAQs About Careers in Dietetics.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn about the 5 Steps to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

If you have a degree from another country, explore how the Foreign Degree Evaluation Agencies can validate your academic degree to determine if it is equivalent to the bachelor’s or master’s degree conferred by a U.S. regionally-accredited college or university.  Once this step is completed our Academic Coordinator will work with you to thoroughly review your course syllabi to determine which courses may transfer.   

Effective January 1, 2024, a graduate degree will be required to be eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Learn more about the future Routes to Meeting Eligibility Requirements for the Registration Exam for Dietitians.


Beginning January 1, 2024, the Commision on Dietetic Registration is raising the minimum required education level for prospective registered dietitians from a bachelor’s degree to a graduate degree. New dietitians will be required to hold a master’s or doctoral degree to be considered eligible to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration national registry exam to earn the credential RDN. 

Our classes are primarily offered in a face-to-face format, but we are continuing to add more online course options, and we plan to offer an online graduate degree and online undergraduate certificate in Food Systems and Hunger Studies in the near future. We currently offer an online Applied Nutrition and Culinary Medicine Certificate in collaboration with UK’s College of Medicine and College of Health Sciences.

We welcome a diverse pool of applicants from a variety of disciplines. In general we admit students into our graduate program who have a background in dietetics, nutrition, health sciences, kinesiology, or other related field. There are always exceptions and pre-requisites could be a possibility for learning background topics before pursuing an advanced degree in this field. Contact our Academic Coordinator, Anissa Radford to learn more about courses you may need if you have an undergraduate degree in an unrelated field.



If you do not have a bachelor's degree in dietetics, you would need to complete all Dietetic Program Didactic courses at the undergraduate level before pursuing our master's program. If you have a degree in a related field, some classes may transfer. Contact our Academic Coordinator, Anissa Radford to review your transcripts and discuss the application process for our master's program.


If you earn a graduate stipend or assistantship, this funding can only be applied to graduate level courses. Undergraduate courses have to be paid for by the student and cannot be included in the stipend or assistantship support. 

If you earn a graduate stipend or assistantship, this funding can only be applied to on campus graduate courses. If you select to take online courses, you will be responsible for covering extra tuition fees.

Students earning an undergraduate degree in Dietietics and Human Nutrition select one degree program that is the best fit for their future career goals. To learn more, explore our degree programs or schedule a visit with Anissa Radford.

If you have a bachelor's degree in a related field, some classes may transfer. However, you will need to earn a bachelor's degree in dietetics to begin a dietietics internship. Contact our Academic Coordinator, Anissa Radford to review your transcripts and discuss the steps you need to take to apply for a dietetics internship.

All students are welcome to apply for the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. All students apply in the spring semester of "Year 2" in the program, so it would depend on where you are in the sequence of courses. Please contact our Director of the Coordinated Program, Dr. Liz Combs to discuss your options.

Visit Us

Schedule an appointment with our Academic Coordinator, Anissa Radford to learn more about our programs and tour our department. You can also take a virtual tour of the University of Kentucky and visit the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment