Dietetic Internship Program


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The concentration for the UTSPH Dietetic Internship Program is Public Health Nutrition. Interns delve into this area of concentration through didactic work, supervised practice, and their final Specialty Practice rotation with staff relief in an area of Public Health Nutrition selected by each intern.

As of 2011, the Dietetic Internship requires a minimum of 1271 hours of supervised practice in four major areas of Dietetics: Community Nutrition, Food Service Systems Management, Medical Nutrition Therapy, and Specialty Practice in Public Health Nutrition. UTSPH interns attain their experiences at institutions within the Texas Medical Center, the city of Houston, and Harris County. Interns complete the Dietetic Internship within 22-24 months. Interns will complete the Dietetic Internship within 33 months (150% of completion time-frame.)

Graduates of the Dietetic Internship Program and the UT School of Public Health Degree Program are prepared to practice as entry-level dietitians with a graduate degree and meet requirements for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (previously American Dietetic Association). Upon successful completion of the dietetic internship, the intern is eligible to take the dietitians registration examination through the Commission on Dietetic Registration Exam and is qualified to apply for dietetic licensure through the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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Accreditation Status

The UTSPH Dietetic Internship has been awarded full Accreditation by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2006).  Accreditation has been confirmed through ACEND until the year 2021.

ACEND may be contacted at:

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000 Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995 ph: (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400 toll free: 1 + (800) 877-1600 ext. 5400