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Dietetics Program Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of the DPD at the University of Florida is to provide a progressive and effective program to educate students using a science-based food and nutrition curriculum to produce graduates who are competitive for supervised practice experiences or health- or science-related profession or graduate school.

DPD Program Goals and Outcomes Measures

Goal 1: Graduate students who are well prepared for dietetic internships or health or science related professions or graduate school.
Outcome measures:

  1. Sixty percent of DPD graduates will apply to dietetic internships within one year of graduation (5 year average).
  2. Seventy percent of those applying to dietetic internships will be accepted within one year of graduation (5 year average).
  3. Eighty percent of students with junior standing will complete the program/degree requirements within 150% (three years after the beginning of junior year) of the time planned for completion (5 year average).
  4. The five year average pass rate for first time test-takers of the Registration Examination for Dietitians will be a minimum of 80%.
  5. Of the graduates who return the graduate survey and did not seek a dietetic internship, 50% will attend graduate school or obtain employment in a health or science related profession within one year of graduation (5 year average).
  6. Of graduates who return the graduate survey, 90% of graduates will rate their preparation for dietetic internships, graduate school, or employment as satisfactory or higher (5 year average).
  7. Of internship directors who return the internship director survey, 90% of internship directors will rate the graduates as being well-prepared for the dietetic internship (5 year average.

Goal 2: Provide learning experiences that foster development of critical thinking and problem solving.
Outcome measures:

  1. Of graduates who return the graduate survey, 80% of graduates will agree that they received opportunities to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills as undergraduates (5 year average).
  2. Of internship directors who return the internship director survey, 80% of internship directors will agree that the graduates were prepared in critical thinking and problem solving (5 year average).
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