Mission and Goals of the Dietetic Internship Program

Mission of the Dietetic Internship Program of the University of New Haven:

It is the mission of the Dietetic Internship Program to emphasize excellence in professional preparation and supervised practice for competence in nutrition therapy and care process, food service systems, community nutrition and wellness so that future entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists lead purposeful and fulfilling lives as leaders in a global society through knowledge, critical thinking, oral and written communication skills and experiential learning with a focus on community nutrition and wellness supported by graduate education.

Program Goal 1:

Prepare program graduates for entry-level practice as clinical dietitians, food service managers or community nutritionists with special emphasis upon wellness and sustainable food systems in a global society.

Program Objectives for Goal 1:

  1. Program Completion: "At least 80% of program interns complete the program/degree requirements within 15 months. (150% of program length)"
  2. Graduate Performance on Registration Exam:
    a. "Eighty per cent (80%) of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion."
    b. "The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%."
  3. Graduate Employment: "Of graduates who seek employment, 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation as evaluated annually by the Program Director using an average of data able to be collected from the previous three years."
  4. Surveys will show that 85% of employers agree or strongly agree with the entry-level preparation of graduates as evaluated annually by the Program Director using an average of data able to be collected from the previous three years.
  5. At least 85% of graduates surveyed will reveal overall satisfaction with the Dietetic Internship’s preparation for employment as evaluated annually by the Program Director and surveyed again 3 years post- graduation.
Program Goal 2:

Prepare dietetic interns to effectively communicate and interact with diverse client populations, and interdisciplinary professionals.

Program Objectives for Goal 2:

  1. Ninety per cent (90%) of dietetic interns will receive good, very good or excellent evaluations from preceptors demonstrating professional writing skills when preparing written communication documents such as case studies, research papers, diet instruction materials, proposals or management tools such as policies and procedures.
  2. Ninety per cent (90%) of dietetic interns will receive good, very good or excellent evaluations from preceptors related to effective oral or electronic communication skills with all patients and clients, including those from diverse backgrounds, in order to enhance nutrition education, training or marketing of programs.
Program Goal 3:

Prepare program graduates to actively support the profession as contributing members, managers or as credentialed practitioners following completion of the dietetic internship.

Program Objectives for Goal 3:

  1. Dietetic Interns will attend at least one professional meeting during supervised practice. If feasible, interns will present posters at state professional meetings that display research or projects completed during their dietetic internship experience.
  2. According to 5- year post-graduate surveys, graduates remain active in at least one professional or community organization related to nutrition, dietetics, wellness or community service/policy as evaluated annually using an average of data from the previous three years.
  3. Following graduation, 80% of dietetic interns will exemplify management or leadership capability in a professional, community or employment setting as evidenced by intern or employer survey data demonstrating these responsibilities or by the graduate obtaining an advanced practice credential or additional graduate education as evaluated annually using an average of data from the previous three years.

All program objectives to achieve program goals will be carefully measured and monitored with the results available to interns, faculty, administrators and the Advisory Committee.