Dietetics is the area of study involved with identifying the nutritional value of foods in a given diet. Students earning their degrees in this field will learn how to apply the principles of the food and nutrition sciences to be able to design and better manage effective nutrition programs. Programs will involve intensive study of physiology and how foods are broken down and absorbed by the body, and how such information may be utilized in a variety of settings. This program includes specialized courses in community, the human life cycle, advanced human nutrition, nutrient metabolism, the role of foods and nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention, diet and nutrition analysis and planning, supervision of food storage and preparation, medical nutrition therapy, food science, food service, and chemistry and biology.Individuals in this field are well trained and highly educated, particularly on how certain foods may affect the body based on various factors. Food and nutrition experts will find career opportunities as food service directors in various institutions, sports nutritionists in schools or in fitness facilities, consultants for food manufacturers or grocery store chains, and clinical dietitians in hospitals.