The Oakland University Board of Trustees recently approved a new degree program for those interested in working in dietetics and nutrition.
The Bachelor of Science in nutrition will be focused on training nutrition professionals to work with clients and the community in clinical care, schools, food and pharmaceutical industries. Career growth in the industry is expected to rise by 15 percent by 2026, according to Amanda Lynch, Ph.D, R.D., program director.
There was also a high interest from students in a standalone nutrition degree, with 80 students currently enrolled in a nutrition minor. The 124-credit program has also been accepted by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics as an early adopter of its new education model, which will provide a reduction in accreditation fees and assistance in developing the degree.
It’s expected the new degree will be accredited by 2022. Students currently enrolled in the university’s Bachelor of Science in health science nutrition can enroll in the new major starting fall 2020.