UT Southwestern has been a leader in clinical nutrition education for nearly 30 years. Today, our Master of Clinical Nutrition–Registered Dietitian/Licensed Health Professional Track gives registered dietitians and other licensed health professionals a powerful way to enhance their credentials in this life-changing profession.
(If you’ve earned a bachelor’s degree and are interested in continuing your studies to become a registered dietitian, our Master of Nutrition–Coordinated Program is designed for you.)
UT Southwestern offers a host of significant advantages for your advanced training in clinical nutrition:
- Our location on a large medical center campus provides an ideal environment for the in-depth study of clinical dietetics and medical nutrition therapy.
- You’ll have the opportunity to learn with other highly qualified students, develop patient care skills as you work beside experienced clinicians, and explore research questions.
- Your learning opportunities will include patient care in world-class teaching hospitals and clinics, as well as exposure to current nutrition research through the Center for Human Nutrition.
- You’ll learn with expert faculty members who are actively involved in research, patient care, community outreach, and consultation in a range of areas, including nutrition and chronic conditions, heart and lipid disorders, obesity prevention, and menu and food product analysis.
- You don’t need a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition to apply. Just complete the prerequisites and a Bachelor’s degree in any field.
- We’re located near the heart of Dallas, a thriving center for health care, business, education, and the arts.
Put the proven strength of UT Southwestern in your corner as you advance your career in clinical nutrition. We’re dedicated to your success.
About Clinical Nutrition
Optimum nutrition is an essential tool in the management of diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, cancer, and other diseases. Clinical nutrition encompasses the impact of nutrition from birth to advanced age and its role in the treatment of a range of medical conditions. Key elements include:
- The chemical and functional components of food
- The physiological effects of food components
- How human behavior affects food choices
- The impact of the surrounding environment on food choices
Clinical nutrition professionals use their expertise in these areas to prevent and treat illnesses by promoting healthy eating habits and recommending dietary modifications. They work in a wide variety of clinical, community, institutional, and corporate settings.
Their responsibilities, which vary by working environment, can include assessing nutritional status of clients/patients, planning nutritional care, providing nutritional counseling and education, consulting with the patient’s care team, managing human and material resources, developing operating budgets, designing menus to meet special needs, planning the procurement and production of foods, and developing and applying quality assurance standards.
Clinical Nutrition Today
Changes in food trends and increased emphasis on prevention and treatment of disease make the field of nutrition continuously challenging and rewarding. Today, there are more than 81,000 registered dietitians in the United States, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. According to November 2010 data from PayScale Inc., average registered dietitian salaries range from $41,000 to $58,000—depending on years of practice, education level, and region of the country.
Outlook for Tomorrow
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for clinical nutrition professionals will grow by 9 percent through 2018, in line with the average for all occupations. Public interest in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and the increasing demand for wholesome foods will continue to drive the employment market for dietitians. In addition, as America ages, there will be greater demand for dietitians to address the health needs of older adults.
As a result, more job opportunities will arise in hospitals, retirement homes and communities, nursing care facilities, home health care agencies, and community health programs.