Online Programs & Certificates
Online MPH with a Concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics
The Online MPH with a concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics (MPH-NUD) offered by the College of Public Health is available to those who have completed a 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. The concentration examines medical nutrition therapy, nutrition education, community practice and program evaluation, management and leadership, ethical standards and practice, and theoretical frameworks and models. The 100% online curriculum can be completed where you live and are completing your dietetic internship or working as a nutrition professional.
The University of South Florida also offers a Dietetic Internship (USF DI) that is integrated with the MPH, Concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics. The 20-month integrated program provides students with real-life experience via a planned progression of supervised learning activities designed to advance their ability to function as leaders in their profession. The dietetic 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 the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
The internship concentration area is population health and service. It integrates a Master of Public Health, concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics, with supervised practice in a planned progression of learning activities designed to advance your ability to function as a leader in your profession, as an advocate for better health for diverse members of society and a compassionate provider of nutrition care and education. An international experience is incorporated in 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 nourishment of body and spirit.
Students in this concentration complete between six and twelve credit hours of experiential learning, depending on their level of professional experience. Students with little or no professional experience must take 6 hours minimum in clinical, community and foodservice practice (PHC6945 Field Experience or PHC6934 Nutrition and Dietetics Professional Practicum) in addition to 3 hours Applied Practice experiences and 3 hours Integrated Learning Experience. Students with relevant professional experience must take 3 hours Applied Practice experiences and 3 hours Integrated Learning Experience. Professional experience is defined as at least two years of work as a registered dietitian.
Registered Dietitians work in a wide variety of employment settings, including health care, business and industry, community/public health, education, research, government agencies and private practice.
When completion of this concentration is combined with completion of an ACEND accredited dietetic internship, graduates are eligible to earn a Verification Statement of Completion which allows them to sit for the national examination to become a Registered Dietitian. After successfully passing the Registration Examination for Dietitians, one may practice as a registered dietitian nutritionist. Application for state licensure may also be necessary after credentialing.
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