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    Mission – Program Goals, Objectives 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 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.

    Program Goals and Objectives of the SPH Nutrition and Dietetic Internship are:

    Goal 1. Prepare graduates for employment as entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.


    1.   Program Completion: At least 80% of interns will complete the Program requirements within 150% of the Program length (13.5 months).

    2.  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%.

    3. 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.


    1. Graduate Employment: Of graduates who seek employment, 80% will be employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
    2. 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.
    3. Continuing Education in Public Health: At least 50% of interns will enroll in the MPH degree at the CUNY SPH.

    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 as the Academy’s Dietetics_Career_Development_Guide and the Academy’s 2017 Standards of Practice. Further information about alumni employment will be obtained through a search of LinkedIn pages, concurrently with the alumni survey.

    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.

    3 year average program outcomes data will be available after it has been collected for our initial intern classes.



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