Department of Nutrition

West Chester University

Dr. Jeff Harris, DrPH, MPH, RD, LDN
College of Health Sciences
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383


Program Details




A registered dietitian is a nutrition professional who has obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from a nutrition program accredited or approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, plus supervised experience in clinical and management settings. Passing a national registration examination entitles a person to use the credential, Registered Dietitian (R.D.). Dietitians are required to update their knowledge in continuing education throughout their careers.

West Chester University offers Nutrition and Dietetics as an undergraduate major, a second-degree bachelors degree, or as a minor.


The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) curriculum is a direct outgrowth of the program's goals, with an emphasis on providing quality undergraduate didactic instruction, insuring a strong background in the basic sciences, and a sound preparation in food and nutrition, clinical and community nutrition, education and research, and foodservice and nutrition systems management. The WCU nutrition and dietetics curriculum contains sufficient scope and depth to enable students to apply for advanced dietetic training and to work effectively with other health professionals. The strong foundation in the basic and social sciences prepares students for graduate study.

The general dietetics curriculum is approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and meets the academic requirements for admission to accredited dietetics internships. The dietetic program includes study in basic sciences, nutrition, and food science with applications to medical dietetics and community nutrition. Foodservice management is also an important aspect of the program. Incoming first-year students should use the 4-year curriculum. Those students who may already have a degree in an area other than nutrition and dietetics may choose to return to school to obtain a second degree. Our second degree curriculum will guide those students as to the necessary classes.

Minor in Nutrition

Students who have pursued basic course work in other majors are eligible for an undergraduate minor in Nutrition offered by the Department of Health. The minor requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 and the completion of 18 credits.

Click HERE for information about the minor.