Academics

Didactic Program in Didactics

The mission of the Alcorn State University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is to empower and prepare undergraduate Nutrition and Dietetics students through diverse pedagogies using evidence based knowledge and skills to become distinct and ethical entry level dietitians equipped to succeed in the 21st Century global market place.

The faculty of the program is committed to the preparation of competent entry-level practitioners in the profession of dietetics who contribute to the needs of their community and society-at-large.

The DPD Program is housed in Eunice Powell Hall with faculty offices located on the 2nd floor in Suite 18.If you have questions about the DPD Program at Alcorn State University or need additional information, please contact:

Cinda J. Catchings, MS, MPH, CHES, RD, LD
Instructor, Nutrition and Dietetics
Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics
Department of Human Science
1000 ASU Drive #839
Alcorn State, Mississippi 39096
(601) 877-6259 (Office)
(601) 877-6252 (Main Office)
(601) 877-3960 (Fax)
CJCatchings@alcorn.edu

Edith Ezekwe, MS, RD, LD, MT (ASCP)
Instructor, Nutrition and Dietetics
Department of Human Science
1000 ASU Drive #839
Alcorn State, Mississippi 39096
(601) 877-6258 (Office)
(601) 877-6252 (Main Office)
(601) 877-3960 (Fax)
edith@alcorn.edu  


Curriculum

The DPD program will provide a curriculum and learning environment that will promote an admiration for life-long learning and a strong foundation in nutrition education.  The School of AREAS, Department of Human Sciences and the Program’s missions are in harmony with the University and with the Mission for the Dietetic Profession as stated in the Conceptual Framework for the Profession of Dietetics. The emphasis is on didactic preparation in nutrition, dietetics, and management with integrated laboratory and clinical experiences.  Graduates will be qualified to pursue further training through graduate study and/or Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) accredited internships. The program mission is the guiding focus to the goals-and-objectives of the program.

Accreditation Status

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Alcorn State University is currently granted Probationary accreditation by the:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone: 800-877-1600 ext. 5400 or 312-899-0040

Students currently enrolled in the DPD Program and graduate while the program is in probationary status will graduate with full accreditation status. ACEND is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. The DPD received its initial accreditation in 2002 and had its re-accreditation site visit in fall 2012.

DPD Student Handbook 

DPD Brochure

DPD Status Sheet