The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is the first of the three required components in the education and training of dietetics professionals. Dietitians are the health professionals who translate the science and art of nutrition and food in the service of people. They can do this best if they are confidently grounded in their foundational knowledge and skill development. The DPD is intended to provide this firm foundation and to prepare the student for the second educational requirement that of the supervised practice experience. The well-designed didactic program will provide courses and educational experiences in the basic sciences of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physiology and microbiology; nutrition sciences, to include basic nutrition, food science, clinical nutrition, and advanced nutrition; the social sciences such as sociology and psychology; and management. Students will be encouraged, to the extent possible, to choose elective coursework in areas of interest or potential professional involvements.
Graduates of our Didactic Program in Dietetics will successfully complete the Foundation Knowledge and Skills as delineated in the Standards of Excellence (the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics [AND] and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics [ACEND]). They will be prepared to competitively seek, receive, and successfully complete an accredited dietetic internship program.
The mission of the DPD program at Case Western Reserve University is to provide quality dietetic courses and didactic course learning experiences for students to complete the DPD, which prepares and enables students to enter into, and successfully complete an accredited dietetic internship and/or obtain employment in health-care or industry.
Its mission is congruent with that of the University and the Department in that it strives to provide the appropriate environment to enable students to become proficient in their major field of study and in entry level dietetics practice and to instill an appreciation for and skills necessary in life-long learning.
The DPD’s mission is consistent with academic preparation for supervised practice to become a Registered Dietitian and, as integrated into the Program’s didactic learning experiences, complies with the ADA Standards of Professional Performance.
The philosophy of the DPD at Case Western Reserve University is to educate individuals through quality dietetic courses and didactic course learning experiences, to develop professionals who will translate the science and art of nutrition and food into application through practice of dietetics, and to develop visionary and competent individuals who will be able to understand and to solve complex problems encountered by the professional dietitian.
Program Goal ONE:
Provide recruitment and guidance counseling for students interested in the profession of dietetics, as well as retain and mentor students who are in the program.
• 80% of students who enter the DPD will complete it
• 100% of all DPD students will receive advising once per year
• 75% of graduates will apply to a supervised practice program the academic year they complete the program
• 90% of responding graduates will indicate “satisfactory” or better score with respect to quality of advising and support provided by the DPD Director and faculty
Program Goal TWO:
Prepare students to perform competently in a dietetics supervised practice program in preparation to be an entry-level dietitian.
• A majority (>50%) of graduates who apply will be accepted to a supervised practice program
• 80% of graduates will pass the registration exam
• 90% of responding graduates will indicate a “satisfactory” response or better that the DPD program prepared them for their supervised practice experience and career as a Registered Dietitian (RD)
Program Goal THREE: Provide quality dietetics instruction in order to prepare graduates to work in health-care and industry.
• 90% of graduates from this program will receive “satisfactory” ratings or higher on their overall knowledge and skill of dietetics from their DI Director and/or employer
• 90% of responding graduates who did not apply to a supervised practice program will indicate “satisfactory” or better that the DPD program prepared them for a career in a health related field
• 80% of graduates who did not apply to a supervised practice program will enter a post-baccalaureate educational program or be employed within six months of completing the DPD
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is located in the Department of Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University, one of 14 Basic Science Departments within the School of Medicine.
The department faculty consists of 16 full-time faculty with primary appointments and several professors with secondary or adjunct appointments. Seven of the full-time faculty have primary appointments, one adjunct faculty is directly involved with the Didactic Program in Dietetics.
Students wishing to meet eligibility for 'Dietetic Registration' should consult with the Program Director:
James Swain, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.
School of Medicine | Room WG-48
(216) 368-8554 Tel
(216) 368-6644 Fax
The Didactic Program in Dietetics at Case Western Reserve University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the:
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)
Washington, D.C. Office
1120 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 480
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: (800) 877-0877 or (202) 775-8277
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995 Phone: 800/877-1600 Phone: 312/899/0040
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 899-0040 ext. 5500 Tel.
(312) 899-4772 FAX