The Madonna University Didactic Program in Dietetics is currently granted full accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 312-899-5400, https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend
Dietetics involves translating the sciences of nutrition and food to promote good health and treat disease. Dietetics is a vital and growing field with many career opportunities. Through Madonna's student organizations, the Nutrition Network and the Food Recovery Network, you can gain volunteer, networking, and leadership experience.
Take advantage of our professional guidance and support in the pursuit of internships, graduate school or employment. Our bachelor's degree in dietetics is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Upon completion of the program you will be eligible for the post-degree supervised practice that is required for registration as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
National registration is obtained by passing the examination given to those who have completed a post-degree supervised practice, accredited by the ACEND.
|Consultant/Private Practice Dietitian|
|Food and Nutrition Manager|
|Food Industry Dietitian|
|Grocery Store Dietitian|
|Inpatient Clinical Dietitian|
|Outpatient Clinical Dietitian|
|Public Health Dietitian|
|Henry Ford Hospital|
|University of Michigan Medical Center|
Employers of Alumni
|CEDARS Center for Eating Disorders|
|Henry Ford Hospital|
|Karmanos Cancer Institute|
|Meijer Health and Wellness|
|Michigan State University Sports and Cardiovascular Center|
|New York Mets|
|Nicoloff Holistic Family Medicine|
|Spartan Performance at Michigan State University|
|St. Mary's Hospital|
|University of Michigan|
"I chose dietetics because I have always been interested in the importance of eating healthy and the amazing way food can affect our bodies. After earning a bachelor’s degree in nutrition elsewhere, and working in sales, I realized dietetics was my true passion. I decided to return to school because I wanted a career as a registered dietitian. Madonna was one of the few schools that offered the program, and I’m happy to be here."
"Madonna University’s didactic program in dietetics has a strong reputation preparing students for an internship. The program and professors will challenge you as well as provide you with skills needed to be competent as an intern and future dietitian. Also, Madonna gives you opportunities to connect with other professionals through work or volunteer opportunities."
Obtain a strong science and nutrition background while preparing for graduate programs in healthcare, food science or nutrition research.
Gain knowledge in nutrition and food service management for a career working with specific age populations.
Work toward a career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) by gaining advanced knowledge in many areas of nutrition and gaining skills in creating nutrition plans and educating clients of diverse backgrounds.
Gain experience investigating current nutritional issues related to fad diets, obesity, aging, athletic performance, food sustainability and motivating clients to make change.
Ph.D. Michigan State University
M.S. Iowa State University
B.S. University of Iowa
Franciscan Center S217-U
Dr. Schmitz is a former Peace Corps volunteer who became interested in the field of nutrition while working as a high school science teacher in Lesotho, Africa. She is a Registered Dietitian who has worked in the areas of research, nutrition education and nutritional counseling. She enjoys teaching courses in Nutrition Assessment, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Advanced Human Nutrition and Experimental Foods and Research. She has been active in many professional associations related to nutrition and dietetics, most recently serving as an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Position Paper editor and on the board of the Southeastern Michigan Dietetics Association. She has served as a reviewer for several nutrition textbooks and on advisory boards for dietetic internships.
Her recent research includes collaborating with nursing faculty on the project titled, "Teaching Nutrition Screening and Assessment of the Geriatric Patient: An Inter-professional Approach." In addition, she has worked with many students on research projects related to fat replacers, sugar substitutes, oil absorption and consumer acceptability of food products. Several of these students have presented their research and won awards at the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference.
M.S University of Michigan
B.S. Michigan State University
Dietetic Internship, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Academic Building 1502A
Laura Freeland Kull, MS, RDN is the Director of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program. She started at Madonna University as an adjunct faculty member in 1997 and joined as a full time faculty member and director in 2008. She completed her undergraduate degree in Dietetics at Michigan State University and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetic Internship at University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Her interests include food system sustainability, environmental nutrition, food insecurity, community and life span nutrition.
Laura has worked in clinical nutrition specializing in nutrition support in the long term care population. She is an active member in the dietetics profession. She has served on the board of the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Michigan Nutrition and Dietetics Institute and the Southeastern Michigan Dietetic Association. She is the recipient of multiple awards including the Michigan Dietetic Association’s Outstanding Educator, the Michigan Dietetic Association’s Registered Dietitian of the Year, The Michigan Dietetic Association Award, the Southeastern Michigan Association Distinguished Service Award and the Volunteer of the Year for the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center.
Laura is also the faculty advisor of the Madonna University student government organizations: the Nutrition Network and the Food Recovery Network.