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About the Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences 

There has never been a more interesting time for nutrition, rehabilitation and exercise sciences, as people become more aware of the impact these fields have on their health. If you have an interest in helping people, an appreciation for science, are looking for a challenging profession that is always changing and evolving, you should consider a career in dietetics, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, or health sciences.

The Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences offers an exciting learning environment for its students. We have state of the art assessment labs that provide hands-on training in program specialized assessment techniques. We are also located on the same campus as Children’s Hospital & Research Facility and the University Hospital which have a strong reputation for providing cutting-edge research and patient care. In addition to our facilities, students have opportunities to participate in ongoing research studies ranging from the DASH diet, food insecurity, optimum therapy strategies for neurological diagnoses, the effects of diet on inflammation, mother-infant feeding practices, occupational ergonomics and biomechanics, and neuroplasticity, to name a few.

The Department also provides students with a wide range of practical experiences within the field in a variety of settings including local hospitals, schools and community health organizations.

The Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences offers the following programs:  

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences The bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences has two levels: the initial level that consists of study in all basic science disciplines, mathematics, English composition, and other areas of general education, and the upper level that consists of study in the applied sciences of exercise, human movement and human anatomy and physiology. Within the upper level there are three tracks or concentrations: Exercise & Movement Science, Physiologic Science and Health Sciences Behavior & Occupation Studies.
  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics Dietetics is a profession firmly based in the biological and behavioral sciences. The major provides a foundation in human nutrition, food science, medical nutrition therapy, counseling and communications, health promotion, and wellness.  Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics curriculum meets the academic requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).  The Dietetics major provides students with the coursework requirements necessary to apply for an accredited postbaccalaureate dietetic internship and ultimately become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). These coursework requirements are set forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Students can choose either clinical and community or sports nutrition as his or her concentration.  This is the traditional route to become a registered dietitian nutritionist where upon graduation the student would apply for an accredited dietetic internship.
  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics (Coordinated Program​) The Coordinated Program (CP) is an accelerated route to becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist. Dietetics students apply to the Coordinated Program during their second year of the Dietetics bachelors program. The CP student will finish his or her third year of rigorous course work then spend one year in a dietetic internship arranged through the University of Cincinnati prior to the completion of their bachelor’s degree. 
  • Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Certificate The Didactic Program in Dietetics Certificate (DPD) is designed for students who have completed at least a Master's degree and are interested in becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist. Upon completion of the DPD Certificate, students earn a verification statement confirming their eligibility to enter a dietetic internship. After completing a dietetic internship, students are required to pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.

  • Minor in Nutrition The Nutrition Minor is designed to benefit those preparing to work in medical and health-related professions. Future physicians, nurses, dental professionals, psychologists, researchers, and occupational and physical therapists will find that the Nutrition Minor will enhance their effectiveness by providing them with basic nutrition principles and tools to promote healthier lifestyles for their patients. In addition, those who work in corporate wellness, personal training, wellness centers, and fitness facilities will enter the job market with a more well-rounded educational profile that enhances the information and service they provide to their clients. It is important to note that those obtaining the Nutrition Minor will not be able to do one-on-one counseling in nutrition as a license for this is required by the state of Ohio.
  • Master of Science in Nutrition The Master of Science in Nutrition is open to academically-qualified students with undergraduate degrees in diverse fields of study so long as they can meet the science prerequisites. This program is designed to advance knowledge in nutrition and gain skills in research.
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) Has your dream been to help others improve their ability to function after an injury, illness or disease, or reach their maximum level of fitness?  In Physical Therapy, you could be working with individuals to evaluate their physical strength, flexibility, coordination and function, and then develop or carry out a plan to promote their optimal health.
  • We are also in the ​candidacy stage of the ACOTE Accreditation Process for a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program.​


Health Sciences students in lab

Contact Us

Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences
3202 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394

For Nutrition Science Programs:

Kimberly Maco, MS
Phone: 513-558-7503
Email: ​

​For Athletic Training, DPT, MOT, and Health Sciences Programs:

Ashley Sandburg
Phone: 513-558-7477

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