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M.S. Dietetic Internship

Program Overview

The combined Master of Science – Dietetic Internship (MS-DI) Program at the University of Florida offers an exciting, dynamic, and challenging environment in which to fulfill the final educational step in becoming a registered dietitian (RD)/ registered dietitian /nutritionist (RDN). Internship experiences are conducted in leading medical centers, community settings, and specialty practice areas ranging from acute inpatient care to outpatient and wellness settings. Our program has a strong science base, provides experience developing and conducting a nutrition-related research project, and features a concentration in Nutrition Education and Wellness. Upon successful completion of the Examination for Registered Dietitians, graduates can use the RD or RDN credential and are eligible to apply for licensure by endorsement in the state of Florida and other states throughout the country.

Students attending our program earn a Master of Science degree in Food Science & Human Nutrition from a prestigious university recognized by the Association of American Universities. Students also have the option of earning a minor in Family, Youth and Community Sciences. Our combined approach to education helps students develop critical thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills so that our graduates are positioned to be leaders in their chosen areas of dietetics practice.

Nutrition Education and Wellness Concentration

The Nutrition Education and Wellness concentration provides students with the opportunity to develop effective nutrition education and communication skills and to gain experience with planning, developing, implementing and evaluating programs that support and improve healthful behaviors, skills that are essential to most areas of dietetics practice. Students also gain experience with the governance, strategic planning, fund raising, risk management, policy, decision-making and planning functions of nonprofit organizations. Nutrition and health-related non-profit organizations play important roles in promoting consumer health, wellness and lifestyle management. The knowledge and skills gained in developing a business plan for a non-profit organization could position the graduate for unique employment opportunities. Students have the option of completing a minor in Family, Youth and Community Sciences if they complete one of the approved theories courses taught (i.e., FYC 6330 – Theories of Community, FYC 6230 – Theories of Family or FYC 6234 – Theoretical Approaches to Youth Programming) in addition to the other program requirements.

Accreditation

The MS-DI Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting body of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics ( the Academy), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600.

Mission

The mission of the MS-DI Program is to provide a progressive and effective course of study that integrates graduate education, research, service, and supervised practice to develop competent, registered dietitians/registered dietitian nutritionists with advanced nutrition knowledge who are prepared to meet the needs of the citizens of Florida and the nation. This is accomplished through a partnership among the dietetics faculty, university faculty, site preceptors, current and former students, prospective employers, administrators, community groups and other external constituencies.

Program Goals and Outcomes

  1. Prepare competent, Master of Science degree trained practitioners for employment in entry-level positions. Outcomes (based on 5 year average):
    • At least 85% of the students who start the full-time internship component of the MS-DI Program will complete the internship and Master of Science degree within 150% (3 years) of the time planned for completion.
    • First time test-takers will achieve a minimum of an 80% pass rate on the Examination for Registered Dietitians.
    • Seventy percent or more of MS-DI graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within six months of program completion.
    • Site preceptors supervising students during staff relief will rate each student’s overall performance at the end of the rotation as “competent for entry-level practice” for 100% of the students.
    • One hundred percent of employers who return the employer survey will rate the graduates’ nutrition and dietetics knowledge base as “satisfactory” or higher.
    • One hundred percent of employers who return the employer survey will rate the graduates’ overall entry-level competence as “satisfactory” or better.
    • Seventy-five percent of employers who return the employer survey will rate the graduates’ overall performance compared to other entry-level dietitians they have employed as “above average” or higher.
    • Eighty percent of graduates who return the graduate survey will rate their perception of the adequacy of the education and training provided by the MS-DI program as “more than satisfactory” or higher.
  2. Develop research skills and foster an evidence-based approach to practice. Outcomes (based on 5 year average):
    • Eighty percent of program graduates who are employed in the area of nutrition and dietetics and who complete the graduate survey will agree that the research skills (reading and critiquing peer-reviewed research articles) and the understanding of evidence-based practice they developed as students impacted the approach they use in their work setting.
    • Eighty percent of employers who complete the employer survey will agree that the program graduate demonstrates the ability to use peer-reviewed research to address practice-based issues and/or develop educational programs, materials, or policies.

Program Start Dates

August

Application Deadline for Graduate School Admission

January 15, 2015
Late or incomplete applications will be considered through February 15, 2015. Only applications that include all of the required materials by this date will be considered. Prospective students who submit late applications or do not complete the application process until after January 15, 2015 may not receive notification of acceptance/denial into the University of Florida Graduate School until after the D&D Digital computer ranking deadline has passed. All MS-DI Program applicants must participate in the D&D Digital computer matching process. Late or incomplete applications may not meet the deadline for assistantship decisions. Teaching/research assistantships are limited and highly competitive.

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