Philosophy, Mission, and Goals

  • Food and Nutrition Student working with two young girls

    Philosophy

    The philosophy of the Department of Food and Nutrition’s Dietetic Internship Certificate Program is based on IUP’s commitment to higher education and our vision of the characteristics of the professional of the future. The professional of the future will shape the food choices and impact the nutritional status of the public by exhibiting:

    • A thorough understanding of food and nutrition theory
    • Excellence in the delivery of high-quality programs and services
    • The ability to educate the public using food and nutrition theories
    • Leadership skills
    • Ethical behavior
    • Respect for diverse societies and viewpoints
    • The ability to collaborate with others
    • The ability to manage materials and resources
    • Commitment to lifelong learning skills
    • Critical thinking skills
    • Communication skills
    • An ability to adapt to change
    • An ability to utilize emerging technology
    • A commitment to advocacy for the profession

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the IUP dietetic internship is to prepare individuals for entry-level dietetic practice by providing quality opportunities to advance food and nutrition knowledge and practice skills in accordance with the requirements established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

    Fulfillment of this mission will support the vision of the IUP dietetic internship: our commitment to prepare graduates who are highly skilled, lifelong learners who meet or exceed entry-level professional competencies.

    Program Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes

    Program Goal 1

    The IUP Dietetic Internship Certificate Program will recruit, retain, and graduate individuals who are prepared to become competent entry-level practitioners in dietetics.

    1. Program Completion: At least 80 percent of the program interns complete certificate program requirements within 18 months (150 percent of the program length).

    2. Graduate Employment: Of graduates who seek employment, 50 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics, or related fields, within 12 months of graduation.

    3. Graduate Performance on Registration Exam:

      1. 80 percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.

      2. 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 percent.

    4. Over a five-year period, 70 percent of employers who respond will rate graduates as “satisfactory” or “more than satisfactory” in competencies/learning outcome areas for dietetic internship programs.

    5. Over a five-year period, Dietetic Internship Certificate Program graduates who participate in the exit interview survey on average will rate their preparation as “satisfied” or “very satisfied” for the student competencies/learning outcome areas for dietetic internship programs.

    6. Over a five-year period, 70 percent of employed Dietetic Internship Certificate Program graduates who respond to the alumni survey will “agree” or “strongly agree” that the program prepared them adequately to perform as an entry-level dietitian.

    Program Goal 2

    The IUP Dietetic Internship Program will promote a commitment to the profession of dietetics, professional standards, and life-long learning.

    1. Over a five-year period, 70 percent of Dietetic Internship Certificate Program graduates who participate in the exit interview survey will indicate they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with respect to the program encouraging professionalism.

    2. Over a five-year period, 70 percent of Dietetic Internship Certificate Program graduates (collected via alumni survey or Department of Food and Nutrition MS completion records) will complete a graduate degree in nutrition or a related field within three years of finishing the dietetic internship.

    3. Over a five-year period, 70 percent of Dietetic Internship Certificate Program graduates who respond to the alumni survey will pursue additional certifications, be active in professional associations, or be active in legislative/advocacy activities.

    4. Over a five-year period, the Department of Food and Nutrition, Dietetic Internship Certificate Program, and/or Dietetic Internship faculty will host (or co-sponsor) two continuing education activities open to preceptors and/or food and nutrition professionals.

    Data relating to program outcomes are available upon request by contacting the Dietetic Internship director, Jodie Seybold, MS, RDN, LDN at jseybold@iup.edu.