Program Overview

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The Miami University Dietetic Internship is a Combined Master’s Degree/Dietetic Internship. The combined program is a 16-month program requiring students to complete all required coursework for the Master’s degree in Kinesiology, exercise Science and Health concentration in conjunction with a 1280 hour supervised practice experience. A total of 30 semester hours is required and includes 21 hours of coursework and 9 hours supervised practice. The area of concentration for the Miami University Combined Master’s degree/Dietetic Internship is community nutrition. The internship is designed for each graduate may achieve all required competencies through academic coursework, qualifying exit work, and evidence-based supervised practice experiences.

The Miami University Combined Master’s degree/Dietetic Internship is part of the process for becoming a Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. RDs or RDNs work in a wide variety of settings, including health care, business and industry, community/public health, education, research, government agencies and private practice. Many work environments, particularly those in medical and health-care settings, require that an individual be credentialed as an RD or RDN. For more information on the process to become an RD/RDN, please go to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

Program Goals and Objectives

The program as two main goals and several objectives within each goal:

Program Goal 1: Prepare graduates to become competent for practice as an entry-level dietitian nutritionist.

Objective 1.1: Over a five-year period, at least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 24 months (150% of the program length)

Objective 1.2: Over a five-year period, of graduates who seek employment, 70% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.

Objective 1.3: Over a five-year period, at least 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.

Objective 1.4: Over a five-year period, 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%.

Objective 1.5: Over a five-year period, at least 80% of returned employer surveys report overall satisfaction with graduate entry level performance.

Program Goal 2: Prepare graduates to be capable practitioners dedicated to the service of others and to the profession.

Objective 2.1: 60% of graduates report participating in one or more community service opportunities in dietetics/nutrition related service areas.

Objective 2.2: 60% of graduates report membership in a dietetics or related professional organization.

Objective 2.3: 16% of graduates report being enrolled in a dietetics or related doctoral program within five years of graduation.

*Program outcome data is available on request.