Human Nutrition & Dietetic Science (HNDS)

Two Options For HNDS Majors

1. Pre-Dietetics / Dietetics Option

  • HNDS Pre-Dietetics/Dietetics Student Handbook 2018
    The Pre-Dietetics/Dietetics option is an accredited program that has an admission requirement. Please download and read this handbook to learn more about the program, the application process, and the application fee.

The Dietetics Option within the HNDS major emphasizes dietetics sciences with many foundational science courses. This option enables graduates to pursue the registered dietitian credential and work in clinical and community settings. Contact the director (Professor O'Donnell bodonnel@nmsu) for program outcome data.

The Dietetics Option is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Learn more at Eat Right Pro.

2. Nutrition Education Option

The Nutrition Education Option within the HNDS major emphasizes nutrition and health science, and instruction. Graduates will be able to provide education to the community and the general public regarding healthy living and healthy eating.

Internship Options:

Community Nutrition * NMSU Cooperative Extension Service - State Office * NMSU Cooperative Extension Service - County Extension Offices (Otero, Dona Ana, Luna, San Juan, Bernalillo) * NMSU Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition * Dona Ana County Head Start (multiple locations in Dona Ana County, NM) * New Mexico Department of Health - WIC Program (multiple locations) * Third task or achievement * Casa de Peregrinos - Emergency Food Program * Las Cruces Public Schools

Clinical * Memorial Medical Center (Las Cruces, NM) * Mesilla Valley Hospital (Las Cruces, NM) * Rehabilitation and Advance Care Hospitals of Southern New Mexico (Las Cruces, NM) * Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center (Alamogordo, NM) * The Hospitals of Providence - Multiple locations (El Paso, TX) * Las Palmas/Del Sol Healthcare (El Paso, TX) * University Medical Center (El Paso, TX) * El Paso Childrens - Hospital (El Paso, TX) * William Beaumont Army Medical Center (El Paso, TX) * U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Clinic (El Paso, TX) [In-Progress] * Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (El Paso, TX) [New] * Presbyterian (multiple locations in New Mexico) [In-Progress] * La Clinica de Familia (multiple locations in New Mexico) [New] * DaVita Healthcare Dialysis (multiple locations in the region) * Fresenius Renal Care Group (multiple locations in the region) * Bienvivir Senior Health Services (El Paso, TX) * SunBridge Healthcare (Las Cruces, NM)

Foodservice Management *Sodexo at New Mexico State University * Las Cruces Public Schools * Alamogordo Public Schools * University Medical Center * The Hospitals of Providence

Possible future affiliation agreements * Gadsden School District * El Paso Independent School District * Ysleta School District * Kindred Healthcare El Paso, TX

Professional Organizations

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HNDS Major Roadmaps

For previous catalog year roadmaps, please contact Professor O'Donnell at

New Mexico State University tuition and fee rates apply to both options in the HNDS major. For more information on tuition and fee rates, please visit University Accounts.

Further Information:

Brigit O'Donnell, MS, RD, LD (Professor O'Donnell)
Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
College Professor of Human Nutrition and Dietetic Science

Dr. Stephanie Rogus, PhD, RD
Assistant Professor of Human Nutrition and Dietetic Science

Dr. Shadai Martin, PhD, RD
Assistant Professor of Human Nutrition and Dietetic Science

Gaby Phillips, MS, RD, LD
Director, Dietetic Internship Graduate Program
College Professor of Human Nutrition and Dietetic Science

NMSU - Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND)

Parallel Fields - Broadening Your Expertise

Many minors are available at NMSU compliment the HNDS major. Only a few more classes can enhance your understanding and can prepare you for a unique expertise in the field of nutrition.

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