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Clinical Dietetics, M.S.

Clinical dietetics uses food as a medical intervention. Registered dietitians/nutritionists perform nutritional assessments and develop individualized treatment plans using food as the therapy modality.

The program has two tracks. Track A is for students desiring a master's degree and the supervised practice necessary to become eligible for the national examination for registered dietitians. This track is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®). Track B is especially for credentialed Registered Dietitians (RDs) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) who desire a masters degree.

A Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics from Grand Valley State University provides the opportunity for students to build on their broad knowledge and attain deeper comprehension and skill in practice. Specialized knowledge allows RDNs to be more competitive in practice now and in the future. This is a benefit not only to the practitioner, but also for his/her patients and clients.

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Why Study Clinical Dietetics at Grand Valley?

  • Hands-on work in state-of-the-art simulation facilities.
  • Experienced and nationally recognized faculty.
  • One hundred percent registration exam pass rate in the first year following graduation.
  • Over 100 practice sites and preceptors across the state of Michigan.

Application Deadlines

Applications for Track A occur in January for fall admission.

Rolling applications for Track B. Please check for deadline dates.

The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to GVSU.

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College of Health Professions Department of Allied Health Sciences

Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics
Jody Vogelzang, PhD, RDN, FAND, CHES
Program Director
500 Lafayette Ave. NE, Finklestein Hall 420A
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 331-5059


The coordinated graduate program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-5400.

Location & Format

Classes for the program are a combination of online and in-seat on the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.

Format: Hybrid


The Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics is a hybrid program, meeting both in-seat and online. Track A consists of 49-52 credits; Track B is 39-42 credits.

  • Nutritional Assessment
  • Research methodology
  • Advanced medical nutrition therapy
  • Food, culture, and health
  • Grant writing (Track B)
  • Informatics (Track B)
  • Qualitative research (Track B)
  • Nutrition education, counseling, and coaching
  • Master's thesis or master's project

Career Options

Clinical dietitians are in demand in areas such as:

  • Hospitals and medical centers
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Dialysis clinics and rehabilitation centers