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    About the Program – Mission – Intern Selection – Program Goals and Evaluation

    Educational Purpose of the Nutrition and Dietetics Internship

    The purpose of the Nutrition and Dietetics Internship is the professional education of Nutrition and Dietetic Interns. Facilities and preceptors working with NDIs are not allowed to replace employees with interns.

    Mission and Program Goals

    Mission: The Nutrition and Dietetics Internship at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy prepares entry level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in a collaborative and accessible environment to provide nutrition care and services for the diverse populations of New York City, nationally, and the world.

    Admission Criteria & Selection Process

    Students must meet the following criteria to be admitted to the Dietetic Internship of the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy.

    – Verification of completion of AND Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements

    – Completion of an application in the DICAS and the D&D Digital matching systems

    – In addition to the above, a supplemental application for the On-Line track is available on the On-Line DI page.

    – Admission to the MPH program at the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy is encouraged, although it is not required.

    All completed applications are read, reviewed and the highest rated applicants are than ranked for matching.

     Factors that will determine the ranking of students include:

    1. Quality of the personal statement

    2. GPA – general and DPD Courses1

    3. Recommendations

    4. Employment / Volunteer Experience

    5. Honors, awards, activities

    1. A note about GPAs: Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 are unlikely to rank high enough to be admitted to this program.

    Completed applications submitted by the application deadlines, and demonstrating compliance with all application requirements, will be reviewed by the internship selection committee.

    Statement of Nondiscrimination/ Equal Opportunity in Selection of Dietetic Interns

    The Internship supports the policy of equal opportunity and Affirmative Action as set forth by the CUNY SPHHP and the Board of trustees of the City University of New York. The Department of Nutrition and Food Science of The CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy will fill dietetic intern positions with qualified individuals, without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, pregnancy, childbirth or related conditions, alienage, citizenship, military or veteran status, or status as victim of domestic violence.

    Wait List for Alternates

    In the event of a matched applicant being unable to accept a placement, or dropping out early in the program (before the end of September), an alternate from the wait list will be contacted and offered the vacated position. Should the first alternate decline the position, the next ranked person will be contacted and so on until the position is filled. The wait list is composed entirely of applicants to our program who were ranked, but not matched, and who did not match to any other internship.

    Evaluation Methods

    Multiple methods will be employed to collect data for evaluation of the degree to which the program is meeting its stated goals and objectives. These include a comprehensive intern evaluation by each preceptor, an evaluation of each preceptor and rotation site by each intern, an exit survey of graduating interns, and a bi-annual survey of program alumni. The intern evaluation tool is based on the Dreyfus Novice-to-Expert model, which has also been adopted by the Academy to evaluate RD career development needs (Nutrition and Dietetics Career Development Guide, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, revised 7/2/15, accessed 5/9/2016). Further information about alumni employment will be obtained through a search of LinkedIn pages, concurrently with the alumni survey.

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    Program goals of the GSPHHP Nutrition and Dietetic Internship are:

    1. Prepare graduates for employment as entry-level Registered Dietitian/ Nutritionists.
    2. Prepare graduates who are competent in population-based nutrition and dietetics practice.

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    The primary program objectives for the GSPHHP Nutrition and Dietetic Internship are:

    1. Graduate Satisfaction: A minimum of 80% of program graduates will indicate that they are satisfied that the dietetic internship prepared them for employment in nutrition and dietetics, public health, or related fields
    2. Preceptor Satisfaction with Interns’ performance: 90% of Interns will receive an evaluation rating of at least “competent” on their Preceptor Evaluations for at least 90% of the ACEND Competencies of Registered Dietitians.

    In addition to the primary objectives above, the GSPHHP NDI also has the following objectives:

    1. Program Completion: at least 80% percent of program interns will complete the NDI program requirements within 150% of the program length (13.5 months).
    2. Graduate Employment: at least 90% of program graduates will be employed in nutrition and dietetics, public health, or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
    3. Graduate Performance on Registration Exam:
      1. At least 90% of program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
      2. At least 80% of graduates over a five-year period will pass the CDR credentialing exam for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists within one year following their first attempt.

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    The following assessment methods will be utilized to monitor attainment of objectives:

    Graduate Satisfaction: A minimum of 80% of program graduates will indicate that they are satisfied that the dietetic internship prepared them for employment in nutrition and dietetics, public health, or related fields.

    Assessment Method: Alumni surveys
    Timeline: Biannually by DI Director and alumni relations staff

     Preceptor Satisfaction with Interns’ performance: 90% of Interns will receive an evaluation rating of at least “competent” on their Preceptor Evaluations for at least 90% of the ACEND Competencies of Registered Dietitians.

    Assessment Method: Preceptors’ evaluations following rotations
    Timeline: Twice each semester by Internship Director and preceptors

    Program Completion: at least 80% percent of program interns will complete the NDI program requirements within 150% of the program length (13.5 months). Strong retention policies, as well as ongoing monitoring and support from the internship director, faculty and preceptors will ensure that virtually all enrolled interns complete the internship.

    Assessment Method: Analysis of DI class completion records
    Timeline: Annually by DI Director and Associate Dean of Students

    Graduate Employment: at least 90% of program graduates will be employed in nutrition and dietetics, public health, or related fields within 12 months of graduation.

    Assessment Method: Alumni surveys
    Timeline: Biannually by DI Director and alumni relations staff

    Throughout the internship, interns are encouraged to take advantage of networking opportunities through the school, the local dietetic association, and professional meetings, as well as discussing career opportunities with their preceptors. Notices of open positions will also be shared with recent internship graduates through e-mail.

     Graduate Performance on Registration Exam:

    At least 90% of program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.

    At least 80% of graduates over a five-year period pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within one year following first attempt.

    Assessment Method: Reports from CDR
    Timeline: Reviewed every 6 months upon receipt by Internship Director.

    Employer Satisfaction: At least 80% of employer survey respondents will rate program graduates’ preparation for entry-level practice as “competent” or “expert”.

    Assessment Method: Employer Survey
    Timeline: Biannually by DI Director and alumni relations staff

    Continuing education in Public Health: At least 50% of bachelor’s prepared internship graduates will enroll in the Master of Public Health degree program at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.

    Assessment Method: Enrollment data for MPH from WebAdmit
    Timeline: Reviewed annually by NDI Director and Admissions staff

    Given that this is a new program, outcomes data is not yet available. Following completion of the two classes in the program during the candidacy period, all data collected will be carefully evaluated. Assessment data will guide efforts to improve the program, and will be an integral part of the next program assessment.

     

    Program outcomes data will be available upon request after it has been collected for our initial intern classes.

     

     

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