How to Apply

Prospective students must submit the following materials to be considered for admission:

  • Completed DPD Certificate Application (PDF) emailed to the DPD Program Director: Lindsey Mills at
  • Official copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate colleges/universities attended. Transcripts from foreign institutions must include a credential evaluation from an organization approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Information about approved credentialing organizations can be obtained by going to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Additional materials, including course catalogs or syllabi, may be requested during the application review process to assist in determining which courses can be transferred into the DPD Certificate from undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • Please send official transcripts to Lindsey Mills either via email at or via postal mail at: 259 Health Sciences Building, 3225 Eden Avenue, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394. 
  • basic data form must also be submitted once accepted. There are no fees for DPD Certificate applicants and students do not need to apply to UC separately.  
  • To guarantee acceptance for fall semester, students must submit their applications no later than June 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

Assistant Professor