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College of Public Health

Integrated MPH/Dietetic Internship

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Dietetic Internship Overview

The University of South Florida (USF) Dietetic Internship is an integrated dietetic internship and MPH program. 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) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The internship's concentration area is population health, leadership, 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 into 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.

Interns begin the MPH in summer semester with the internship beginning Fall semester; the program ends the following Fall semester. Upon completion of the 20-month program, you’ll be eligible to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The internship is integrated with 42 hours of graduate credit, culminating in a MPH, concentration in nutrition and dietetics. All graduates will also be certified in Public Health (CPH) after successful completion of the integrated program. The program accepts 6 interns per year and participates in the spring match.

Interns will have opportunities to attend professional conferences during the program including public policy workshops, Suncoast Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND) district meetings and the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND) Annual Symposium.

The USF Dietetic Internship is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Contact info for ACEND:
Accreditation for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(312) 899-5400

To learn more about the requirements and process to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RD)/nutrition and dietetics technician, registered (DTR), please visit the Commission on Dietetic Registration website:

Successful completion of the USF Integrated MPH/Dietetic Internship leads to eligibility to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. 

Virtual Open House

The annual Virtual Open House took place on Wednesday, January 11, 2023. A recording of the open house can be found here.

Dietetic Internship Handbook