Coursework Application For Food

Credentials and Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US college or university in the life sciences or in engineering. Programs require a minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, but meeting the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee admission.
  • One semester of Biochemistry at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • One semester of Organic Chemistry at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • If a candidate does not have the necessary science prerequisites but meets all the other requirements, this candidate may be admitted provisionally. A provisional student is required to take 410.303 Foundations of Bioscience.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Online Application.
  2. Upload the following required materials to the Online Application*:
    1. 500 word statement of purpose. Discuss why you wish to pursue the MS in Food Safety Regulation. Focus on your long term goals and how this academic program will complement these goals. Discuss the strengths of your academic and professional background, as well as any additional comments that will assist in evaluating your application materials.)
    2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    3. Do not upload recommendations, as they are not considered for this program.
  3. Submit the application and pay the $75 fee when you have uploaded all necessary materials (listed above).
  4. Upload unofficial copies of transcripts to the application. If you have collegiate coursework outside of the United States, upload an unofficial copy of the course-by-course evaluation. Please do not upload unofficial copies of transcripts outside of the United States without the evaluation.
  5. Mail in official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework completed within the US only. Mail to: Johns Hopkins University AAP Admissions Office, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 101, Washington, DC 20036. Or, you can send them electronically through Scrip-Safe or Docufide. You can send these transcripts to us prior to or after applying online. Transcripts depicting fewer than 12 credits that were transferred to a different US institution are not required unless pre-requisites are listed on them. Your application will not be complete until we have received official copies of all transcripts listed.
  6. If you have international coursework, send in the course-by-course credential evaluation. Study abroad may be exempt. Visit the International Applicants webpage to learn more. You can send this evaluation to us prior to or after applying online.
  7. If English is your second language, you may be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination. Visit the International Applicants webpage to learn more. You can send these scores to us prior to or after applying online.

* The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request additional information from applicants, if needed, to assess their candidacy for admission.

Note: GRE scores are not a standard requirement for the application.

No Application Deadline

Applications are accepted year-round and students may apply to enroll for Summer, Fall or Spring semesters. There are no strict application deadlines. However, it is recommended that students submit all of their application materials at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester (international students should apply at least 3 months before the semester starts). For more about our application process, click here.

Johns Hopkins Undergraduate Students
Recent Johns Hopkins undergraduates may apply to a special program that allows them to accelerate their time to degree completion. The admissions committee may waive up to two courses on a case-by-case basis which allows recent Johns Hopkins undergraduates to complete the MS in Food Safety Regulation taking eight courses instead of the required ten.

Provisional Student Status
If a candidate does not meet all of the admissions requirements, this candidate may still be admitted to the program as a provisional student. This type of admission is determined on a case-by-case basis. These candidates may be granted provisional status.

Special Student (Non-Degree Seeking)
A non-degree seeking student can apply to enroll as a “Special Student.” Special Students must follow the same application process as degree-seeking students and should fulfill the same academic criteria for admission. Once admitted, Special Students can take any courses for which they have satisfied the prerequisite requirements.

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.

The Clinical Nutrition major provides a strong foundation in the biological and social sciences, with advanced coursework in metabolism, nutrition and foods. The academic coursework within the major includes University and College requirements (including General Education, American History & Institutions, and English Composition) and the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). This major provides a high quality, cutting-edge curriculum to prepare graduates for success in a variety of careers and for advanced study. The field of dietetics allows individuals to apply the science and art of nutrition and foods to meet the health and nutrition needs of groups and individuals, promote health and wellness, facilitate behavior change, and function as effective leaders and managers in a variety of professional settings. Dietetics is a dynamic and growing profession. This major can prepare students for graduate study, further career preparation in the health professions (dietetics, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, etc.) as well as food service, food production and distribution, education, research and public health.

Graduates of this major, with completion of the DPD program, receive a pre-professional verification statement and are eligible to apply to supervised practice programs (accredited Dietetic Internships) in which students receive practical training in varied aspects of dietetic practice. Upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of a Baccalaureate degree and DPD academic coursework and a post-Baccalaureate program of supervised practice, the student is eligible to take the nationally administered Registration Examination. Passage of this exam results in earning the professional credential of a Registered Dietitian or "R.D."

DPD Program Handbook Index

  1. Program Mission, Goals, and Objectives
  2. Course Requirements
  3. Dietetic Internship Application Process
  4. Dietetic Internship Application Materials
  5. Career Opportunities
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) Process
  8. Academic & University Policies
  9. Experiential Learning
  10. Assessment of Prior Learning
  11. Nutrition Department Student Resources
  12. Contact Information

Accreditation Status

UC Davis’ Nutrition and Dietetics Education Program is accredited 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 60606-6995, USA, (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400.

The UC Davis DPD meets the academic requirements of ACEND´s 2017 Accreditation Standards for Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Programs.

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