Key Elements of Michigan Dietetics/Nutrition Licensing Law:
Bottom Line: It is illegal to practice most standard nutrition counseling in Michigan without a nutrition/dietetics license, unless you fall under very limited exceptions. This does not simply mean the use of a certain title is restricted – it means it is illegal to conduct the activity, regardless of what you call yourself.
Here are the key things you need to know to understand how the law impacts you:
“(i) Assessing the nutrition needs of an individual or group of individuals based upon biochemical, anthropometric, physical, and dietary data, determining the resources and constraints to meet the nutrition needs of that individual or group of individuals, and recommending proper nutrition intake to satisfy those needs.
(ii) Establishing priorities, goals, and objectives to meet the nutrition needs of the individual or group of individuals based on available resources and constraints.
(iii) Providing nutrition counseling regarding health and disease.
(iv) Developing, implementing, and managing a nutrition care system.
(v) Evaluating, adjusting, and maintaining a standard of quality in dietetics and nutrition care services. OR
(vi) Providing medical nutrition therapy.”
If you do, you will be breaking the law, unless you either obtain a license, or you fall under an exemption to the law. Let’s look at the exemptions.
If you are not exempt, then you must obtain a nutrition/dietetics license to conduct those restricted activities in (1) above.
1) basic general chemistry
2) organic chemistry
5) anatomy/physiology or human physiology:
a) human nutrition in health & disease - 9 semester hours
b) nutrition & human development - sem 3 hours
c) food safety & sanitation – 2 sem hours
d) preventive nutrition & wellness – 3 sem hours
e) nutrient composition of foods & food science – 6 sem hours
f) nutrition assessment, nutrition therapy, nutrition evaluation (medical nutrition therapy) -8 sem hours
g) counseling strategies, behavior change, communication skills – 3 sem hours