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Applied Food and Nutrition, B.S.

Those who study food and nutrition focus on integrating nutrition knowledge into medical nutrition therapy for the prevention and treatment of disease. Use of the Nutrition Care Process for providing medical nutrition therapy, nutrition education, and counseling is a key element of the program.

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Students are admitted directly into this program.

Program Overview

Grand Valley's bachelor of science program is unique in that it embeds professional practicum experiences and simulation laboratories with didactic studies in food service management, community nutrition, and clinical nutrition.

The program utilizes a hybrid delivery system and there is secondary admission to this program.

Why Study Applied Food and Nutrition at Grand Valley?

  • The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Education in Nutrition and Dietetics as a Didactic Program in Dietetics, making graduates eligible for further study in accredited internship and graduate programs leading to eligibility to be credentialed as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
  • AF&N program graduates are eligible to be credentialed as a Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR).
  • The program provides approximately 200 hours of experiential learning, including labs, simulations, and practicum experiences.
  • Opportunities for critical thinking, exploration of evidence-based practice research, as well as collaborative projects.
  • Use of the culinary and food laboratory for advanced food management classes and the simulation center for clinical practice.

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Location & Format

All undergraduate students begin their academic career on the Allendale Campus. Students in this major continue their upper division studies on the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile



  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Food service management
  • Nutrition education and counseling
  • Health and interpersonal communication
  • Professional writing and research

The program includes field experiences and simulation.

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the applied food and nutrition program is a competitive selective process that requires a secondary application. Prospective students can access the application by clicking here.

For More Information

College of Health Professions
School of Interdisciplinary Health
Applied Food and Nutrition
106 Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall
500 Lafayette Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 331-5555

Admissions and Recruitment Office