Dietetic Internship Program Mission

The Dietetic Internship program mission was created out of UC San Diego Health's mission to deliver outstanding patient care through commitment to the community, groundbreaking research and inspired teaching.

The hospital system’s core values of quality, caring, integrity, creativity and teamwork were pivotal in creating the internship’s mission. The mission of the Dietetic Internship program is to offer learning experiences that promote the highest level of practice for preparing entry-level registered dietitians.

As part of an academic medical center, we strive to provide excellence in evidence-based nutrition practice, provide nutrition services that value compassionate patient care, and utilize emerging research to further innovative approaches to dietetics. We are committed to:

  • Fostering an educational foundation toward the provision of high-quality nutrition care to all future patients
  • Encouraging interns to acknowledge the diversity and individuality of all patients
  • Modeling and teaching integrity with high ethical standards
  • Developing dietitians to think critically, share innovative ideas and be inquisitive
  • Providing a well-rounded and supportive learning environment with a team approach in clinical nutrition, food service management, research and ambulatory/community nutrition

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Program Goals

  1. Program graduates will demonstrate competent practice as registered dietitians/nutritionists in dietetics-related employment.
  2. Program graduates will enhance the dietetic profession and show leadership in the field of dietetics.

Program Objectives

  • At least 80 percent of interns complete program requirements within 14 months (150 percent of planned program length).
  • At least 80 percent of program graduates take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (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 percent.
  • Of graduates who seek employment, at least 80 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • 90 percent of employers will rate graduates as well prepared or prepared for their first position as an RDN.
  • 80 percent of employers will rate graduates as satisfactory or above (3.0 on a 5.0 scale) in professional knowledge and skills.
  • 80 percent of employers will rate graduates as satisfactory or above (3.0 on a 5.0 scale) in leadership qualities during the first year of employment.
  • 80 percent of graduates will set up a professional development portfolio within one year of graduation.
  • 80 percent of graduates will participate in professional development activities within one year of graduation.
  • At least 50 percent of graduates will report attainment of dietetics-related leadership or management experience.

Program outcome data are available upon request.

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Contact Us

Janine Doggett, MS, RD, CNSC

Program Director


Office phone: 619-543-3351

Cell: 619-213-2219

Mailing Address

UC San Diego Health Dietetic Internship

200 W. Arbor Drive, Mail Code 8801

San Diego, CA 92103-8801