Mission of the Nutrition and Dietetics Department
The mission of the Viterbo University Dietetics Program is to prepare students who use critical thinking and effective communication to promote health, manage disease through nutrition, and serve as leaders in community and medical settings.
Mission of the Coordinated Program
Viterbo University Dietetic Education Program
provides didactic and supervised practice experiences aligned with the
Accreditation council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2008
Accreditation Standards. It prepares students to be Registered Dietitians
who serve as faithful and ethical leaders.
Philosophy of the Undergraduate Program
Health care is a dynamic, changing part of our society, and
dietetics, as an integral component of the health care system, is a changing
profession. One of the important changes that have taken place in the last few
years is the growing importance of prevention and not just treatment of
disease. There is an amazing growth of outpatient clinics, public health
agencies, and health education programs aimed at prevention of disease and
promotion of general “good health.” There
is, therefore, a growing need to provide comprehensive nutritional care for communities.
A community-medical dietetics curriculum combines knowledge
and skills of both the hospital and community dietitian to meet societal
demands for comprehensive nutritional care. A graduate of the program is a
professional member of the health care team, and as a professional person has
been trained to make decisions based upon a body of current scientific
knowledge and acquired skills.
The Community-Medical Dietetic Program at Viterbo University is currently granted continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606, 312-899-5400.