Graduate Programs

Master of Science (MS)

Our master’s of science degree program integrates dietetics and advanced nutrition science with research to prepare our students for successful careers. Employment opportunities for graduates are abundant in health care, wellness and food/food service industries. This MS program can serve as preliminary preparation for enrollment into a doctoral program, and career goals should be discussed with an advisor as soon as possible to ensure exceptional results.

 

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Verification Statement: Students with degrees from an accredited dietetics and nutrition program in the U.S. must provide an original copy of their Verification Statement once admitted to their program of study.

Registered Dietitian Option (RD)

Students interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD) must complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Students that have not completed the DPD requirements have the opportunity to do so at the graduate level with a combination of undergraduate DPD courses and graduate courses.

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Dietetic Internship (DI)

The Department of Dietetics and Nutrition has successfully prepared dietetic practitioners through a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and a Coordinated Program (CP) for nearly five decades. As part of our continuous quality improvement efforts, the department has established a Dietetic Internship (DI) program. 

Accreditation Statement:

The Dietetics Internship (DI) program at Florida International University’s (FIU) Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work has been granted candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) | Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995. For more information, call 800-877-1600 or visit eatrightpro.org/acend.

Program Philosophy and Information:

Mission: The mission of the Dietetics Internship (DI) program at Florida International University’s (FIU) is to prepare competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists, through experiential learning and evidence-based practice, who are leaders, ethically and culturally proficient. The program is committed to training qualified practitioners who provide dietetic services that promote eating and lifestyle behaviors that enhance health and quality of life.

Goals and Objectives: Program outcome data are available to the public, including current and prospective students, upon request to the Director of the Dietetic Internship.

  • Goal 1.  Graduates will be prepared for entry-level practice as registered dietitian/nutritionists (RDN).
    • Objective 1.1 At least 80% of the interns will successfully complete program requirements within 12 months (150% of program length).
    • Objective 1.2 Within 12 months of program completion, 80% of program graduates will take the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists.
    • Objective 1.3 The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of the first attempt) on the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
    • Objective 1.4 Of graduates who seek employment, 85% of those who complete the internship program and graduate with a master’s degree will find employment in the field of dietetics within twelve months of graduation.
    • Objective 1.5 As a result of the internship, 95% of the interns who pass the RD exam and are practicing, will integrate scientific information and research into professional activities and decisions for evidence-based practice.
  • Goal 2.  The program graduates will meet expectations of employers.
    • Objective 2.1 In the first year of employment, at least 85% of employers will indicate they were very satisfied with the educational preparation of program alumni for entry-level practice.
    • Objective 2.2 At least 80% of employers will be very satisfied with program alumni as having ethical judgment and decision-making.
    • Objective 2.3 At least 80% of employers will be very satisfied that program alumni have knowledge and awareness of peoples from other cultures.
    • Objective 2.4 At least 80% of employers would be very likely to hire more graduates from our program.

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