Mission Statement

The mission of the UH Dietetic Internship is to provide an intensive, high quality supervised practice experience for a diverse population of interns with emphasis on providing a quality educational experience and mentored training necessary to become competent, independent and well-rounded entry-level Dietitian/Nutritionists. UHDI will train practitioners in teaching, management, counseling, administration and applied practice throughout the field of dietetics.

Philosophy

The philosophy of the Dietetic Internship program at the University of Houston is to facilitate the transition of an intern from a student to an entry-level dietitian. We have an ever-expanding array of outstanding sites geared toward training interns and preparing them for entry into the profession of dietetics. Being accepted into our program helps ensure that you will obtain the breadth and depth of experiences needed to attain your professional goals. This is an intense internship with a full work-load of a minimum 45 hours/week for 27 weeks. We strongly encourage our interns to be proactive, self-motivated, meticulous and hard working. Our goal is to see the interns as individuals ready to function independently as dietitians in any setting. Finally, we believe education should be firmly anchored in strong ethics, an appreciation for different world cultures, and lifelong service to the community. The end result of this dynamic learning environment is a professional who is fully prepared to become a leader in his or her chosen field.

Goals

The goals of the Dietetic Internship program at the University of Houston reflect the principles of providing quality educational opportunities to develop competent practitioners while promoting diversity within the field of dietetics.

Goal #1:  The program will attract and graduate highly competent practitioners for entry-level dietetics practice through high-quality educational offerings.

Outcome measures:

  • Of graduates who seek employment 80 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.

  • 90% of employers will rate UH graduates as 8 or better as compared to other RD’s of similar experience.

  • 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%

  • 90% percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion

  • At least 80% of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 7 months (150% of the program length)

  • 80% of program graduates will rate themselves as well prepared for entry-level practice

Goal #2:  The program will promote diversity in the field of dietetics.

Outcome measures:

  • 20% of UHDI graduates will be non-traditional, ethnic or male.

  • 80% of diverse interns will pass the RD exam within one year of program completion. 



Note: Program data regarding the goals and objectives are available up on request