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Program Mission and Goals

The mission of the UC San Diego Health Dietetic Internship was created out of the institution’s mission to deliver outstanding patient care through commitment to the community, groundbreaking research and inspired teaching. The hospital’s core values of Quality, Caring, Integrity, Creativity and Teamwork were pivotal in creating the internship’s mission.

The mission of the UC San Diego Health Dietetic Internship is to offer learning experiences that promote the highest level of practice for preparation of 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:

  • Foster an educational foundation toward the provision of high quality nutrition care to all of their future patients
  • Encourage interns to acknowledge the diversity and individuality of all patients
  • Model and teach integrity with high ethical standards
  • Develop dietitians to think critically, share innovative ideas and be inquisitive
  • Provide a well rounded and supportive learning environment with a team approach in clinical nutrition, food service management, research, and ambulatory/community nutrition

Program Goal 1: Program graduates will demonstrate competent practice as a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist in dietetics related employment.

Outcome Measures:

  • At least 80% of interns will complete the program within 18 months measured over a 5 year period
  • At least 80% of graduates will pass the CDR exam for RDNs on the first attempt within one year of graduation, measured over a 5 year period
  • When surveyed 12-15 months after graduation, at least 90% of employers of UC San Diego Health DI graduates rate them as prepared or well prepared in their first position as an RDN, measured over a 5 year period
  • When surveyed within 12-15 months post-graduation, at least 70% of graduates who seek employment are employed in a dietetics-related job, measured over a 5 year period

Program Goal 2: Program graduates will demonstrate leadership activities and continued professional development growth.

Outcome Measures:

  • When surveyed 12-15 months after graduation, at least 80% of employers will rate graduates as “satisfactory” or above (3.0 on a 5-point scale) in professional knowledge and skills during the first year of employment, measured over a 5 year period
  • When surveyed 12-15 months after graduation, at least 80% of employers will rate graduates as “satisfactory” or above (3.0 on a 5-point scale) in leadership qualities during the first year of employment, measured over a 5 year period
  • When surveyed 12-15 months after graduation, at least 80% of graduates will set up a professional development portfolio and participate in professional development activities within 1 year of graduation, measured over a 5 year period
  • When surveyed 12-15 months after graduation, at least 50% of graduates will report attainment of a dietetics-related leadership or management position( i.e. mentoring students, serving as preceptor, elected position, management position, leadership activities or dietetics committee service), measured over a 5 year period

Program outcome data are available upon request.