Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition

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Program Overview

Fairfield University has applied to open a new and exciting program to prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in fall, 2020.

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics (see These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.

Fairfield University demonstrated its leadership in education by submitting an application to be part of the third cohort of programs to be accredited by ACEND under these new standards. Our eligibility application was accepted by ACEND and we are in the candidacy application and review process for our proposed Future Education Model doctoral degree level program in nutrition and dietetics. The program will accept applications upon successful completion of the candidacy application process when the program receives accreditation from ACEND.


Janet Hiser, MOE, RDN, CNSC, FAND
Visiting Professor
Director, Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition
Tel: 203-254-4000, ext 3777

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