How to Apply

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) certificate is only open to students who have at least a Master’s Degree or who are completing the MS in Nutrition at the University of Cincinnati.

Please use the following steps to apply to the program:

  • The application form must be typed or neatly printed in ink.  Information included on the form must be accurate and complete.  It is not necessary for applicants to apply to the University of Cincinnati separately. 
  • Applicants must send official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts with the application form for any undergraduate degrees or courses completed at another university.  Transcripts from foreign institutions must include a credential evaluation from an organization approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 
  • The completed application packets should be sent to:

DPD Admissions Committee
Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences
University of Cincinnati
P.O. Box 670394
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394

A basic data form must also be submitted once accepted. There are no fees for DPD Certificate applicants. 

Prospective students who need additional assistance with completion of the application form or who have questions about the Didactic Program in Dietetics certificate can contact Lindsey Mills at (513) 558-7506 or 

Application: DPD Certificate Application (PDF)

Application Deadlines

Application materials are sent directly to the Didactic Program in Dietetics Director. It is not necessary for applicants to apply to the University of Cincinnati separately. Prospective students can apply for the DPD Certificate to start in the fall or spring semester. To guarantee acceptance for fall semester, students must submit their applications no later than May 1st. To guarantee acceptance for spring semester, applications must be submitted by November 1st.

Transfer credits from previous degrees

Undergraduate transcripts submitted with the DPD Certificate application will be evaluated by the University of Cincinnati Center for Transcript Evaluation to determine which courses are acceptable for transfer into the DPD Certificate.  A UC credit evaluation for all universities where undergraduate courses were completed must be submitted with the application. 

The Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences has established recency requirements for biochemistry and medical nutrition therapy, which must be taken within the last seven years and five years, respectively. Additional coursework may be waived by the Department of Nutritional Sciences on an individual basis if it is determined that the prospective student is competent in the ACEND Foundation Knowledge and Learning Outcomes in this area. 

Newly accepted DPD Certificate students should meet with the Director to determine if additional courses can be waived. In addition, the University of Cincinnati does not permit the transfer of courses with grades below a “C-." 

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Lindsey Mills

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