DPG Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Dietetic Practice Group? (DPG)

A DPG is a professional-interest group of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics members who wish to connect with other members within their areas of interest and/or practice.

What Other Benefits Do DPGs Offer (in Addition to Networking)?


  • Provide opportunities to increase knowledge in specific areas of dietetic practice through newsletters, other publications and continuing education.
  • Sponsor workshops and seminars for continuing professional education credit at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo and throughout the year.
  • Provide awards, stipends, scholarships and grants.
  • Develop legislative and public-policy materials for the Academy.
  • Contribute technical expertise to the Academy.
  • Support the Academy alliance program through collaborative projects with other associations.
  • Establish activities that market the profession in general, as well as specific practice areas.
  • Offer practice guidelines and quality-management materials to help practitioners provide a high level of care.
  • Actively engage in the Academy's initiatives, projects, campaigns and other activities.

Who Can Join a DPG? Is There a Limit to How Many DPGs I Can Join?

Membership in a DPG is voluntary. Any Academy member may join as many DPGs as desired.

How Do I Join a DPG?

DPG dues are paid annually, along with Academy membership dues. Academy members may join a DPG almost any time during the year by paying appropriate dues. (The last day in February is the end of the period to join a DPG for the membership year ending May 31.) Dues vary depending on the DPG. Learn more about our DPGs or call 800/877-1600, ext. 5000.

Are DPG Dues Prorated, Refundable, Transferable or Tax-deductible?

DPG dues are not prorated, refundable or transferable. Dues listed are for the June 1 to May 31 membership year. Contributions to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions. However, DPG dues may be tax-deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses.