DI Program - Mission, Goals, & Objectives

Prospective Student Packet

About the Dietetic
Internship Program (PDF)

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Dietetic Internship Program
Handbook of Policies
and Procedures (PDF)


Philosophy and Mission:

The philosophy and mission of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health Dietetic Internship Program is to educate and train graduates in the field of nutrition and dietetics through current research and the application of new knowledge and technology for improving the nutritional status of a multicultural society.

Program Goals:

The Program Goals and Outcome Measures for the Dietetic Internship (DI) are in concert with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) 2017 Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards, the UTHealth School of Public Health, and the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living Goals. They are as follows:

Goal 1: To prepare graduates to become professional dietitians through a comprehensive educational and experiential program by meeting the DI Program s required competency statements of entry-level dietetic education programs for the supervised practice component in public health / community, foodservice / management and medical nutrition therapy dietetics practice.

  • 100% of the graduates will complete the Competencies /Learning Outcomes for Entry-Level Dietitians as evidenced by score of 2-3 on evaluations by preceptors and DI Program faculty.
  • At least 80% of the program interns will complete the DI Program/degree requirements within 22 months (a maximum of 33 months - 150% of the program completion time frame).
  • Of graduates who see employment, 80% will be employed in nutrition and Dietetics or related field within 12 months of graduation or within 3 months of seeking employment in the field of nutrition/dietetics.
  • 80% of the Employers returning the Employer of the UTHealth DI Program Survey will state that they would hire another graduate from the DI Program.
  • 80% of program graduates sitting for the Registration Examination for Dietitians will successfully pass the RD Exam on the first attempt.
  • 80% of program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • The program's one year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration within one year of first attempt) on CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.

Goal 2: The UTHealth Program will provide opportunities for graduates to develop professional attitudes and skills, with an understanding of and commitment to ethical practices consistent with the emerging needs of the dietetic professional.

  • 90% of the graduates will state yes through Student Evaluations that their supervised practice experience helped develop competency.
  • 90% of graduates will rate learning activities as strongly agree or agree regarding preparing the intern for professional practice as an RD on the Program Survey.
  • 90% of graduates will achieve Excellent - Satisfactory scores for all Supervised Practice Rotation Completion scores on knowledge base, communication skills, timeliness, interpersonal skills, dependability, and attitude as evaluated by SP Preceptors.
  • 80% of the employers returning the Employer DI Program Graduate Survey will rate graduates as good-excellent on performs at a high ethical standard in professional practice.