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 Statement, Program Goals and Objectives
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.
Goal 1. Prepare graduates for employment as entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.
A. Program Completion: “At least 80% of program interns will complete program requirements within 13.5 months (150% of the Program length)”
B. 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.
C. Graduate Performance on Registration Exam:
__________a.) “80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.”
__________b.) “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%.”
D. Employer Satisfaction: At least 80% of employer survey respondents will rate Program graduates performance as a “4” or “5” on a 1-5 scale.
Goal 2. Prepare graduates who are competent in population-based nutrition and dietetics practice.
E. Graduate Employment: “Of graduates who seek employment, 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.”
F. Graduate Satisfaction: a minimum of 80% of Program graduates will indicate they are satisfied with the education and training provided by the Program for employment in nutrition and dietetics and public health.
G. Continuing Education in Public Health: At least 50% of interns enrolled in the NDI for credit will matriculate in the MPH degree at the CUNY SPH.
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.
Outcomes data are available upon request.