Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences

College of Health Sciences


The University of Rhode Island Dietetic Internship Program has a limited number of openings for the class of 2017. Openings will be filled by the first qualified applicants with complete applications. Application is a two-step process: 1) applicants must apply through DICAS and 2) applicants must submit the on-line graduate application GRE scores are required by URI and should be submitted as a PDF attached to the Graduate School Application. Informal GRE scores and student transcripts can be submitted with the URI Graduate School Application, but final official transcripts and official GRE scores must be received by the university before enrollment. Do not insert the email of your referees on the Graduate School Application form. In order to complete the form, you must insert two email addresses. Either use your own email for both referees or use generic email addresses. References must be submitted through DICAS. DICAS will open for URI April 6th and will be closed once openings are filled. Once DICAS is closed, no further applications will be accepted. See the Dietetic Internship page on this website for more details about the program structure and costs.

This is an exciting time to study nutrition and food sciences. There is increasing evidence that what we eat affects our health and quality of life. Dietary factors are implicated in four of the ten major causes of death in the United States. Obesity is now considered endemic in the US and is linked to the increasing prevalence of diabetes. Concerns about the safety of the food supply have increased and there is a major federal initiative to improve food safety. Food security is a growing problem for limited-resource families.

The Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences addresses these and related issues through our teaching, research and outreach programs. The department has 7 faculty members, 2 full time instructors and 3 outreach specialists. Undergraduate students number about 200 and graduate students between 20 and 30.

The Department offers a BS degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, a fully online MS in Dietetics degree and MS and PhD degrees specializing in Nutrition. An accredited dietetic internship program is available in one track under the MS degree program in Nutrition.

The department has strong research programs in Nutrition and Health, Marine Resource Utilization, and Food Safety and Quality. Food science graduate education and research are housed in the Food Science and Nutrition Research Center in West Kingston.

The department has highly successful outreach programs in both Nutrition and Food Safety. These programs are recognized throughout the state and region and at the national level for their excellence and their impact on human health.





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