Nutrition, Dietetics, & Food Management


We are excited to announce that we will be offering Meal Management Spring 2018. Dr. Karen Byrd will be teaching Meal Management, and we are looking forward to her involvement in the course. Dr. Byrd comes to us from Purdue University where she recently finished a PhD in Hospitality Management. Aside from her formal education, Dr. Byrd has years of industry experience that she will bring to the classroom. Be sure to check back and schedule a time to dine with us!

Mission Statement for the Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Management Program: The mission of the NDFM program at Murray State University is to prepare future food and nutrition professionals possessing strong skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, and oral and written communication. For those students in the dietetics track, it is further the mission of the NDFM program to prepare graduates for successful entry into an accredited Dietetic Internship. Graduates of the NDFM program at Murray State University will be leaders and innovators in their respective disciplines.

To the Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Management program at Murray State University! Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Management program offers a B.S. degree with a choice of three tracks.

Dietetics Track

The Dietetics track prepares students to become Registered Dietitians (RD), the primary professionals in the field of food and nutrition.

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Dietetics Course Sequence

Food Management Track

The Food Management track prepares students for careers in the business of foods and food service management.

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Food Management Course Sequence

Nutrition and Foods Track

The Nutrition and Foods track provides a curriculum for students interested in a general knowledge of nutrition and food for positions not requiring the RD credential. Elective hours in this track allow for a minor.

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Nutrition and Foods Course Sequence

Dietetic Internship Program

The Murray State University Dietetic Internship Program is designed to meet the competencies for entry-level dietetics practice and to prepare interns for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The program has a Medical Nutrition Therapy concentration and provides interns with a minimum of 1200 supervised practice hours in a variety of healthcare settings. The program is 10 months in duration, and is completed during the summer, fall and spring semesters. Interns will receive 21 hours of graduate credit upon completion of the program. Murray State had clinical agreements with supervised practice sites across Kentucky and Tennessee.

Interns complete supervised experiences in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Management Practice in Dietetics, Community Nutrition and Long-Term Care. An Advanced Practice experience is completed after all clinical rotations. This experience allows the intern to function independently as an entry-level dietitian in the hospital setting.

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Murray State's IP is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.