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Dietetic Internship Program

Program Overview

Philosophy and Mission

The philosophy of the dietetic internship program is in accordance with the mission of Emory Healthcare: "improving the health of individuals and communities at home and throughout the world." 

The program's mission is to provide excellent supervised practice training for dietetic interns leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist who can provide the highest quality compassionate nutrition care and service to their community.

By embracing the program philosophy and mission, our program graduates have successful careers in numerous pathways such as clinical, management, community, sports nutrition, media and communications, private practice, and research.  Specific positions include Director of Clinical Nutrition Services, Internship Director, Physician, Digital Health Operations Consultant, writer and author, social media influencer, university professor, and cast member in a rock and roll nutrition show.

Program Goals

Objectives are evaluated annually using an average of data from the previous three years, per ACEND requirements.

Goal 1: The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians.

  • Program Completion:  At least 80% of program interns complete program requirements within 57 weeks (150% of program length).
  • Graduate Employment:  Of graduates who seek employment, at least 90% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • Graduate Performance on Registration Exam:  
    • At least 85% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
    • The program's one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of the first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  • Employer Satisfaction:  Employers responding to a post-graduate survey rate graduate knowledge base and ability to perform responsibilities consistent with entry-level practice at least 90% of the time.

Goal 2: The program will prepare graduates to communicate nutrition information in the community and the profession.

  • At least 10% of program graduates who respond to an alumni survey report doing at least one of the following:
    • Making a professional presentation to peers, clients, or members of the community on a nutrition or nutrition-related topic.
    • Developing a professional written communication about a nutrition or nutrition-related topic for an article, education material, newsletter, blog, etc.
    • Volunteering in nutrition services

Outcome data is available on request.