Program Mission, Goals & Objectives

The mission of University of South Florida’s dietetic internship is to prepare graduates for evidence-based practice, as entry-level registered dietitians to meet the public's health-related challenges in the communities they serve.

The goals and measurable objectives of the USF Dietetic Internship Program are:

  1. The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians, with a specialty in community and public health nutrition.
    • 80% of program graduates 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 exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
    • At least 80% of interns will complete the internship program requirements within 30 months (150% of the program length) of program initiation.
    • Of graduates who seek employment, 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation
    • At least 80% of graduating interns will indicate they “agree” that the internship has prepared them for professional practice.
    • At least 80% of graduates will rate themselves as “satisfied” or above with their preparation for professional practice by the internship program
    • One year after program completion, 50% of graduates will be practicing in the setting of community nutrition or public health
    • At least 80% of employers will rate graduates’ professional knowledge and skills expected for entry-level dietitians as “above average” or “outstanding.”

  2. Prepare graduates who are able to work with individuals from diverse economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.
    • At 80% of graduating interns will rate the internship experience as improving their skills in delivering information, products, and/or services to a culturally diverse population as “above average” or “outstanding”
    • At least 50% of graduates will report engagement in professional and/or volunteer work with culturally diverse populations, groups, and/or individuals
    • At least 80% of employers will rate graduates’ ability to work clients of diverse economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds as “above average” or “outstanding”

  3. Produce graduates who are confident leaders capable of effective advocacy and beneficial service on behalf of the community and the dietetics profession at large.
    • At least 80% of graduating interns will indicate improvement in their leadership ability and advocacy skills as “above average” or “outstanding”
    • At least 50% of graduates who respond to survey will report leadership, service and/or advocacy activities in the dietetics profession and/or the community at large
    • At least 80% of employers who respond to survey will rate graduates’ leadership skills as “above average” or “outstanding”

*Please note, program outcomes will be made available upon request.