Matriculation Requirements


These requirements are provided as general information only.  Specific requirements are provided to matriculants after acceptance into the program

Transcripts & DPD Verification Statement

OHSU requires transcripts from all universities and institutions that the incoming student has attended before they can register for classes or receive financial aid. Incoming DI and MS/DI students must also provide an original signed DPD Verification Statement. Incoming MS and MCD students must provide either an original signed DI Verification Statement or an official dietetic registration Credential Verification form from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). 


ID Badge Photo

For an OHSU ID badge, students must submit a passport-style, 2" x 2" (150 x 150 pixel) digital photo (.jpg/jpeg format) prior to enrollment. The photo must follow U.S. passport photo requirements.


Background Checks

Per OHSU policy, a criminal background check is required for all entering students. Background checks will be initiated by the OHSU Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition and must be completed by the incoming student.



OHSU follows the guidelines for required immunizations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and by the State of Oregon. Students must comply with pre-entrance immunization requirements and remain in compliance fur the duration of their enrollment at OHSU, as specified by the Joseph B. Trainer Health and Wellness Center.  


OHSU Compass Training Modules

Students must complete the following training modules: 

  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) - Privacy and You
  • Respect at the University
  • Integrity Foundations
  • Integrity Education Booster
  • Abuse, Neglect, and Domestic Violence
  • Emergency Management Foundations
  • Environment of Care Education
  • Hospital Compliance
  • Infection Prevention and Control Annual Competency
  • Populations Served
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
  • Human Subjects Research (HSR): Human Researchers

Students gain access to their OHSU Compass accounts 30 days prior to their start date, as long as they have registered for classes. Please retain OHSU account information, as the initial e-mail will expire. 


Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

All entering students will need current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification. Students can complete their training through a variety of organizations, but the training must meet American Red Cross BLS for Healthcare Providers standards. Find trainings for the American Red Cross.


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Membership

The program requires that students maintain a student membership with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) for the duration of their enrollment in the GPHN. 


ServSafe Food Safety Program for Managers

All entering students must complete the ServSafe Food Safety Program for managers prior to enrollment.
NOTE: Students who complete the online program must take a proctored exam to complete their certification. Visit ServSafe for more information.


Student Drug and Alcohol Testing

All students must complete an initial 10-panel drug screening in accordance with OHSU Policy No. 02-01-003, Student Drug and Alcohol Testing. Students will complete the test during a two-week window of time immediately preceding the start of summer term. All students may be tested "for cause" as needed. "For cause" testing includes alcohol and/or drug tests. The cost of the drug test is included in the student fees. 

OHSU Alcohol and Drug Guide: A Resource for Employees and Students


Student Handbooks

Incoming students to any of the GPHN programs must read and sign the current student handbooks for the OHSU Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition and the OHSU School of Medicine Graduate Studies.


Additional Supervised Practice Rotation Requirements

Please note that additional background checks, drug tests, fingerprinting, etc. may be required by supervised practice sites. Any costs not covered by the supervised practice sites will be the responsibility of the student.



Students must be able to show proof of major medical insurance, either through OHSU's student insurance plan or, if covered by another plan, through the waiver process. More information on insurance and the waiver process can be found at the Joseph B. Trainer Health and Wellness Center website.



While the program officially begins in early-mid August, students are encouraged to move to Portland four to five weeks in advance (end of June or beginning of July). This will allow time for the student to complete matriculation requirements, and to become familiar with Portland and the surrounding area, prior to the start of supervised practice rotations. Students placed in Medford will be notified by mid-May so they may make plans to move to Southern Oregon.

General Portland-metro area Housing Information

OHSU Off-Campus Housing List


Transportation & Parking

Travel to and from practice sites is the responsibility of the student. Distance between the student's primary placement and practice sites may vary and extended distances may occur. Students will need personal reliable transportation, though the program recommends that students take public transit to campus on class days as parking is extremely limited. The Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition does not pay for travel expenses, nor does the program provide vehicles for intern travel to rotation sites. 

Transportation and Parking Office

Other Requirements

Additional matriculation requirements may be given to incoming students upon acceptance into any of the GPHN programs at the discretion of the GPHN Program Director, DI Director, or OHSU at any time. If additional requirements are requested, the student must complete them within the time frame stated.