Grand Valley State University's Bachelor of Science in Applied Food and Nutrition (AFN) program is an innovative Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) incorporating elements of competency-based education. The bachelor’s program is part of Grand Valley's School of Interdisciplinary Health, which sits within the College of Health Professions.

Why Study Applied Food and Nutrition at Grand Valley?

  • Accredited. The Applied Food and Nutrition Program at Grand Valley State University has been granted candidacy accreditation status as a Didactic Program in Dietetics by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  • Experiential Learning. Hands-on work in state-of-the-art facilities, including simulation laboratories, culinary laboratories, and the GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project farm.  
  • In-Demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates employment opportunities are expected to increase by 15% by 2026.
  • Future-focused. The Applied Food and Nutrition program incorporates practicum courses, which provide students with opportunities to make connections in the field and demonstrate competence in real-world settings during their undergraduate years. These experiences prepare AFN graduates to succeed in future supervised practice and graduate work.
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Grand Valley’s Applied Food and Nutrition Program has been granted Candidacy status by the
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: (312) 899-0040, ext. 5400                                                               

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11% job growth expected by 2028
Average wage of $42,000
NDTRs with more than 4 years experience
Real-World Experience
Modern simulation labs prepare you for the field

Source: EMSI, 2021


Admissions Timeline

Priority Admissions Deadline: February 15Applications will continue to be accepted until the program fills for Fall semester  
Notifications of admission are continuous until all seats are filled.

Successful applicants will be asked to set up an advising appointment with a faculty member upon notification of admission.

Visit the College of Health Professions Student Services Office website for more information on applying to this program.

Applied Food & Nutrition Admission and 4-Year Curriculum Guide


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Graduate Program: Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics

Combined Degree Program: Applied Food & Nutrition B.S. + Clinical Dietetics M.S.

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