Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

Few topics relative to the health care industry generate more discussion, more argument or more passionate interest than nutrition and food. No other topic in health care so profoundly affects the health of the entire human population. The topics and issues relative to food and health vary greatly from country to country and even community to community.

Our department has a long history of preparing and nurturing students for a profession of helping people find and use the food they need for growth and health. Scientific research is finally confirming what nutritionists and dietitians have known for a very long time: What you eat—even what your mother ate—greatly affects your health and well-being.Suresh Mathews, Ph.D., FACN, FICS, Chair, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

Whether we are looking for more effective ways to feed starving people in famine-ridden countries or battling obesity and diabetes in developed nations, there are an infinite number of opportunities for people called to nutrition and dietetics to make a difference in the lives of individuals and entire populations.

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition

Food and nutrition majors combine the basic knowledge of culinary skills and personal nutrition and apply this knowledge to a variety of other areas.  

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Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

Samford's nutrition and dietetic program has been preparing students to become competent, entry-level dietitians/nutritionists (RDN) for more than 80 years.

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Graduate Degree

Master of Science in Nutrition

Samford's online Master of Science in nutrition provides advanced training in nutrition and prepares students and dietitians for positions in health care, community, education, research and leadership in nutrition programs.

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Dietetic Internship

Samford's dietetic internship is a post-baccalaureate program which fulfills the requirements to become eligible to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians offered by the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR).

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