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Degree Overview

The Nutrition and Dietetics (Didactic Program in Dietetics) track prepares students to enter dietetic internships and careers in food and nutrition.  The Undergraduate Nutrition Science track prepares students for successful entry into graduate programs and professional programs such as medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, pharmacy, and optometry. The Nutrition curriculum at the University of the Incarnate Word integrates the study of biology, chemistry, behavioral sciences, and business into various areas of nutrition, including food preparation, food service, community nutrition, nutrition education, and nutrition therapy.

The Mission of the University of the Incarnate Word Nutrition Program is to prepare professionals committed to providing nutrition and dietetic services to improve the health and well-being of individuals and groups. The program emphasizes the importance of scientific and evidence-based practice, ethical decision-making, and understanding of social justice issues including regional through global ecological dimensions of food and nutrition. 

Both tracks are rooted in diverse nutrition coursework that provides all nutrition students with didactic and experiential training related to food preparation, nutrient requirements, nutrition education and counseling, cultural influences on food selection and intake, global and domestic issues related to access to food, nutritional assessment, human metabolism, and medical nutrition therapy. Students will develop team-work skills working collaboratively on variety of curricular and extra-curricular activities. The Nutrition program enjoys strong connections with a variety of clinical, community and business sites for student skill development.


The Nutrition faculty is dedicated to the professional development of our students. We provide counseling and advising to help our students establish professional goals, develop and maintain a professional portfolio, investigate further education and training, and apply for potential scholarships, dietetic internships, and advanced education.

  • Joseph C. Bonilla, Texas Tech. University, PhD, RD, Associate Professor, Dietetic Internship Director
  • Beth C. Senne-Duff, Colorado State University, PhD, RD, Associate Professor, DPD Director & Graduate Advisor
  • Neeta Singh, Oregon State University, PhD, MBA, Associate Professor, Chair, Nutrition Program

Career Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the employment of dietitians to increase between 18 to 26% through 2014, faster than the average growth for all occupations.

This is due to an increasing emphasis on disease prevention through improving dietary habits. Graduates of the University of the Incarnate Word Nutrition programs have been primarily placed in positions related to food and nutrition in San Antonio, Texas. The majority of our graduates either obtain placement in a dietetic internship or pursue graduate education after receiving their bachelor's degree.

Graduates of the University of the Incarnate Word are employed in the following areas: health care, food service management, food industry, community nutrition programs and governmental agencies, private practice, wellness, sales, research, and media communications.

Nutrition Courses

Introduction to Dietetics
Introduction to Nutrition
Principle of Food Preparation
Food and Nutrition Services Mgmt I &II
Nutrition in the Life Cycle
Nutrition Education & Counseling
Community & World Nutrition
Clinical and Nutritional Assessment
Human Nutrition & Metabolism
Gourmet Cuisine
World Cuisine
Food Preparation Laboratory
F&N Services Mgmt Lab
Experimental Foods
Nutrition Practicum
Food Recovery and Gleaning
Clinical Nutrition
Nutrition & Human Performance


Neeta Singh, PhD, MBA
Chair, Nutrition Program
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway, Box 311
San Antonio, TX 78209
Telephone: (210) 829-3167
FAX: (210) 829-3153

Beth C. Senne-Duff, PhD, RD
DPD Director
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway, Box 100
San Antonio, TX 78209
Telephone: (210) 829-3165
FAX: (210) 829-3153

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