The MPH with a concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics is an online program available to those who have completed an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and possess the required documentation (Verification Statement of Completion or Declaration of Intent to Complete). It is also available to registered dietitians (RD or RDN) with two or more years of experience. This concentration examines medical nutrition therapy, nutrition education, community practice and program evaluation, management and leadership, ethical standards and practice, and theoretical frameworks and models . Due to the online nature of the program, it can be completed where you live and work or are completing your dietetic internship.
Goals of the concentration are: 1) prepare high-quality practitioners of nutrition care who can advocate for the better health of diverse members of our society; 2) provide a learning environment to promote leadership and community service. Graduates are prepared to practice as registered dietitians in multiple areas of population health.
The University of South Florida also offers a Dietetic Internship that is integrated with the MPH, Nutrition and Dietetics concentration. The internship's concentration area is population health, leadership and service. The internship will provide you with real-life experience via a planned progression of supervised learning activities designed to advance your ability to function as a leader in your profession. An international experience is incorporated into the final semester of the internship. The USF Dietetic Internship is committed to the enhancement of quality of life for individuals, communities and global societies through service and through the nourishment of body and spirit. Overall, the internship will give you the knowledge, practical skills and professional values you need to meet the standards of education and core competencies for registered dietitians established by ACEND of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students who complete the MPH program with a concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics, in conjunction with an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship, are eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians upon completion.
Applicants to the MPH program interested in the Nutrition and Dietetics concentration who are also participating in a dietetic internship match must submit all three applications by the deadline for online computer matching (see dnddigital.com). Incomplete applications or those received after that time will not be considered for the integrated program. Applicants should apply for the Fall term in SOPHAS and the summer term at USF. Applicants to the MPH program with a concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics who are registered dietitians with two or more years of experience require two applications (SOPHAS and USF). They should submit both for the same semester (Fall or Summer), depending upon when they wish to begin the program.
The concentration is only open to those who have completed an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and possess the required documentation (Verification Statement of Completion or Declaration of Intent to Complete). It is also available to registered dietitians (RD or RDN) with two or more years of work experience.