University Health Center's registered dietitian (RD) can help students sort out facts from fiction in the nutrition and food information that we encounter daily. Food choices are an integral component to students' overall health and wellness. Our dietitian can provide access to helpful tools for making healthy choices.
Common Reasons to Consult our Dietitian
- General nutrition questions
- Weight management
- Food intolerance and allergies
- Sports nutrition
- Healthy vegetarian and vegan eating
- Healthy eating on a budget
- Healthy eating on campus
- Disordered eating
- Heart-healthy food choices
- Healthy body image
- Grocery shopping and meal planning
- Incorporating new foods into your diet
- Gastrointestinal disorders
What to Expect
All appointments are confidential. Initial appointments are approximately 45–60 minutes, and follow-ups are 30–45 minutes.
Nutrition appointments are billed at $10 per 15 minutes. Generally, a 45- to 60-minute consult will cost $30–$40 and a 30– to 45-minute follow-up will cost $20–$30. NOTE: A $20 fee will be assessed to your account if you fail to show up for a scheduled appointment.
How to Make an Appointment
Appointments with the dietitian can be made online through myUOHealth. Students may also make an appointment in person or by calling 541-346-2770.
Preparing for Your First Appointment
Begin to think about your normal diet, and consider strengths and weaknesses along with specific goals you would like to discuss with the dietitian. When you arrive to check in for your appointment, you will be required to fill out a nutrition and health history questionnaire. This will help the dietitian learn more about your current eating habits and concerns.
The dietitian is also available to provide nutrition education on a variety of nutrition-related topics to on-campus groups. To request an interview with the dietitian please complete the Student Interview Request Form.
Nutritionists vs. Dietitians
There can be a big difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian. All dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dietitians. Because of the education required to become a registered dietitian (RD), RDs are health professionals who are best equipped to help you meet your food and nutrition goals.
While there are no specific requirements to be a "nutritionist," an RD is a food and nutrition expert who has:
- Completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university (many RDs also have post-graduate degrees)
- Completed an accredited supervised practice program
- Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
- Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration
A registered dietitian's practice is supported by evidence-based science, and reflects the higher education requirements that go into being an RD.