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The Integrated Coordinated Program in Dietetics (ICPD) degree option combines the academic and supervised practice experience to qualify graduates to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

The Coordinated Program in Dietetics has been in place at UT-Austin since 1978 and has produced hundreds of graduates who are RDNs working in various fields such as private practice, large foodservice management operations, community and public health organizations and hospital settings.

The program offers students a well-rounded experience in clinical nutrition, foodservice management, community and specialty areas of nutrition and dietetics.


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Our Mission

The Mission of the Integrated Coordinated Program in Dietetics at The University of Texas at Austin is to qualify graduates from all backgrounds and perspectives for entry-level positions and advancement to positions of leadership in clinical, administrative or community dietetics. Balanced preparation in the primary areas of dietetics that are built on a strong foundation of academic preparation and recognize the need for practitioners with clinical, foodservice management and community skills in the vast non-urban expanse of Texas. We aim to meet Texas’s health needs by training enough registered dietitian nutritionists to support an increasingly diverse population. We are committed to recruiting, retaining and nurturing a diverse community of graduates, faculty, and staff. We are science-based and nutrition focused. 

Program goals & Objectives

What is a registered dietitian?

Watch this short video to see if becoming an RDN is the right career path for you.

What is the Process to become a registered dietitian nutritionist?

You must have a bachelor's degree, a master's degree and supervised practice from an ACEND accredited program to to be eligible for the Comission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam. 

While state interpretations of statutes may vary, it is ACEND's considered opinion that the program meets the educational requirements for dietetics licensure and certification in all states. However, completing an ACEND-accredited academic program alone does not qualify an individual for licensure or certification as a dietitian in any state. Individuals should review their state's licensing statutes and regulations to understand the specific requirements, including supervised practice and examinations, needed to obtain a dietetics license. More information about state licensure and certification can be found at this link: State Licensure


Our ICPD Faculty


Monica Milonovich, MS, RDN, LD

ICPD Director


Ladia Hernandez, PhD, RD


Diane Papillion, MPH, RD


Drew Hays, MA, RD



Elizabeth Ann Klingbeil, PhD, RDN, LDN


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Krystle Zuniga, PhD, RD