Nutritional Sciences: Dietetic Internship (M.S.)

Nutritional Sciences: Dietetic Internship (M.S.)

An individual getting counseled by a dietitian

Through our 21-month master’s degree with dietetic internship (MSDI) you will receive focused guidance from experienced mentors and earn real-world experience in specialized practicums as you prepare for a career in clinical nutrition, community outreach, food service management and more.

Credit Hours: 55  |    Courses: 13   |    Program Length: 21 months

Why pursue a dietetic internship with a master’s degree in nutritional sciences at UNH?

The Master of Science in Nutritional Science with Dietetic Internship (MSDI) program offers individualized mentorship by dedicated faculty and preceptors. Students gain hands-on experience through coursework and practicums which build on foundational knowledge. Students learn how to evaluate the nutritional status of patients, develop nutrition care plans, assess the impact of nutrition intervention on patient health, and provide nutrition education to individuals and groups. Students develop strong critical thinking skills and are able to analyze the literature to promote evidenced based care. Students also learn about the management of food production and delivery systems, as well as the broad food system environments in which dietitians work.

Program Highlights

  • Emphasis on sustainable food systems as drivers of health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Teaching experience during the first year that pays students approximately $12,000.
  • An average, first time pass rate for the national RDN exam of over 95%.
  • Dynamic and interdisciplinary department that includes experts in agriculture, nutrition, food systems, and animal sciences.
  • State-of-the-art simulation lab where students can hone their clinical and counseling skills ahead of their practicum experiences.
  • Located in the beautiful Seacoast area of New Hampshire.

Potential career areas

  • Clinical nutrition
  • Community nutrition
  • Communications
  • Education/Teaching
  • Food service management
  • Food systems and sustainability
  • Industry
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Public health
  • Research


Amy Taetzsch

Director of Masters of Science with Dietetic Internship
Phone: (603) 862-3280
Office: UNH Agriculture, Nutrition, & Food Systems, Kendall Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
University of New Hampshire
Kendall Hall
129 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-2130

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Curriculum & Requirements

The Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences with Dietetic Internship (MSDI) option is designed as a 21-month program, with over 50 credits and over 1,200 practicum-based hours including simulation and experiential learning. We invite 10 new students to begin each Fall semester. Upon conclusion of the program, our graduates are eligible to take the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam.

Admission Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.2 GPA which must be maintained throughout the first year of the program. To be considered for admission, students applying for the MSDI program will need to have received a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement from an accredited undergraduate dietetics program that meets the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the program website for admission requirements, application instructions, and detailed program information.

The MSDI program at the University of New Hampshire is currently granted accreditation by ACEND of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. ACEND is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Post-secondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. Contact information for ACEND: (800) 877-1600 ext. 5400 | | | 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190 Chicago, IL 60606-6995.

The MSDI requires that students complete required coursework, including practicum-based learning and related course work in food service, community and clinical experiences. The competencies integrated into the MSDI reflect those established by ACEND. Students will be required to earn a B- or better in graduate courses to earn credits toward their degree.

The first year of the MSDI curriculum is comprised primarily of academic course work, including a year-long mentored group research project (NUTR 960 Research Methods in Nutritional Science I & NUTR 961 Research Methods in Nutritional Science II), in which each student experiences the complete research process.  Students in the MSDI will integrate food system theory and practice as drivers of health promotion and disease prevention. The second year of the program includes over 1,200 hours of practicum based learning in a variety of clinical, community, and food service operations integrated with curriculum related coursework.

Required Courses
NUTR 809Nutritional Epidemiology4
NUTR 829Dietetics: Intro to Dietetics Principle and Practice2
NUTR 830From Seed to Sea: Examining Sustainable Food Systems4
NUTR 831Dietetics: Clinical Theory and Practice10
NUTR 832Dietetics: Food Service and Community10
NUTR 836Sustainable Food Systems and Culinary Arts Practicum3
NUTR 855Treatment of Adult Obesity4
NUTR 860Behavioral Nutrition and Counseling4
NUTR 876Advanced Pathophysiology and Clinical Care4
ANFS 901Introduction to Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems Graduate Studies1
NUTR 960Research Methods in Nutritional Science I4
NUTR 961Research Methods in Nutritional Science II4
ANFS 997Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems Seminar1
Total Credits55

CRDNs Explained 

ACEND requires our MSDI curriculum cover certain competencies which are “specific knowledge, skills, values, and behaviors required for effective performance as a practitioner.” These are identified as CRDNs (Competency for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists). A complete list of the required CRDNs are as follows:

Domain 1. Scientific and Evidence Base of Practice: Integration of scientific information and translation of research into practice. 

CRDN 1.1 Select indicators of program quality and/or customer service and measure achievement of objectives.  

CRDN 1.2 Apply evidence-based guidelines, systematic reviews and scientific literature.  

CRDN 1.3 Justify programs, products, services and care using appropriate evidence or data.  

CRDN 1.4 Evaluate emerging research for application in nutrition and dietetics practice.  

CRDN 1.5 Conduct projects using appropriate research methods, ethical procedures and data analysis.  

CRDN 1.6 Incorporate critical-thinking skills in overall practice 

Domain 2. Professional Practice Expectations: Beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors for the professional dietitian nutritionist level of practice 

CRDN 2.1 Practice in compliance with current federal regulations and state statutes and rules, as applicable, and in accordance with accreditation standards and the Scope of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice and Code of Ethics for the Profession of Nutrition and Dietetics.  

CRDN 2.2 Demonstrate professional writing skills in preparing professional communications.  

CRDN 2.3 Demonstrate active participation, teamwork and contributions in group settings.  

CRDN 2.4 Function as a member of interprofessional teams.  

CRDN 2.5 Assign duties to NDTRs and/or support personnel as appropriate.  

CRDN 2.6 Refer clients and patients to other professionals and services when needs are beyond individual scope of practice.  

CRDN 2.7 Apply leadership skills to achieve desired outcomes.  

CRDN 2.8 Demonstrate negotiation skills.  

CRDN 2.9 Participate in professional and community organizations.  

CRDN 2.10 Demonstrate professional attributes in all areas of practice.  

CRDN 2.11 Show cultural competence/sensitivity in interactions with clients, colleagues and staff.  

CRDN 2.12 Perform self-assessment and develop goals for self-improvement throughout the program.  

CRDN 2.13 Prepare a plan for professional development according to Commission on Dietetic Registration guidelines.  

CRDN 2.14 Demonstrate advocacy on local, state or national legislative and regulatory issues or policies impacting the nutrition and dietetics profession.  

CRDN 2.15 Practice and/or role play mentoring and precepting others.  

Domain 3. Clinical and Customer Services: Development and delivery of information, products and services to individuals, groups and populations 

CRDN 3.1 Perform the Nutrition Care Process and use standardized nutrition language for individuals, groups and populations of differing ages and health status, in a variety of settings.  

CRDN 3.2 Conduct nutrition focused physical exams.  

CRDN 3.3 Demonstrate effective communications skills for clinical and customer services in a  variety of formats and settings.  

CRDN 3.4 Design, implement and evaluate presentations to a target audience.  

CRDN 3.5 Develop nutrition education materials that are culturally and age appropriate and designed for the literacy level of the audience.  

CRDN 3.6 Use effective education and counseling skills to facilitate behavior change.  

CRDN 3.7 Develop and deliver products, programs or services that promote consumer health, wellness and lifestyle management.  

CRDN 3.8 Deliver respectful, science-based answers to client questions concerning emerging   trends.  

CRDN 3.9 Coordinate procurement, production, distribution and service of goods and services, demonstrating and promoting responsible use of resources.  

CRDN 3.10 Develop and evaluate recipes, formulas and menus for acceptability and affordability that accommodate the cultural diversity and health needs of various populations, groups and individuals 

Domain 4. Practice Management and Use of Resources: Strategic application of principles of management and systems in the provision of services to individuals and organizations.   

CRDN 4.1 Participate in management of human resources.  

CRDN 4.2 Perform management functions related to safety, security and sanitation that affect employees, customers, patients, facilities and food.  

CRDN 4.3 Conduct clinical and customer service quality management activities.  

CRDN 4.4 Apply current nutrition informatics to develop, store, retrieve and disseminate information and data.  

CRDN 4.5 Analyze quality, financial and productivity data for use in planning.  

CRDN 4.6 Propose and use procedures as appropriate to the practice setting to promote sustainability, reduce waste and protect the environment.  

CRDN 4.7 Conduct feasibility studies for products, programs or services with consideration of costs and benefits.  

CRDN 4.8 Develop a plan to provide or develop a product, program or service that includes a budget, staffing needs, equipment and supplies.  

CRDN 4.9 Explain the process for coding and billing for nutrition and dietetics services to obtain reimbursement from public or private payers, fee-for-service and value-based payment systems.  

CRDN 4.10 Analyze risk in nutrition and dietetics practice.  

Domain 5. Program Emphasis Competencies Sustainable Food Systems as Drivers of Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (SFS/HPDP) 

The Sustainable Food Systems as Drivers of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention emphasis of our program acknowledges the value of food system expertise as integral to our profession.  From farm to fork to health and nutrition outcomes, our UNH graduates will be prepared as entry level professionals. To ensure competency in this focus area, students will demonstrate the following program specific competencies:

CRDN 5.1 SFS/HPDP  Integrate and promote nutrition and health promotion messages and/or food system sustainability in foodservice, community hospital and/or long- term care facilities. 

CRDN 5.2 SFS/HPDP Demonstrate an understanding of food security, insecurity and livable wages. 

CRDN 5.3 SFS/HPDP Manage production of food that meets nutrition guidelines, cost parameters, consumer acceptance, while incorporating sustainability principles as appropriate. 

CRDN 5.4 SFS/HPDP Integrate pathophysiology into medical nutrition therapy recommendations and health promotion disease prevention educational strategies 

CRDN 5.5 SFS/HPDP Integrate nutrition research into internship experiences focusing on health promotion, disease prevention, and/or sustainable food system concepts or indicators. 



UNH MSDI program applications are reviewed during one of three rounds. All admitted applicants are enrolled in the subsequent Fall semester.

  • Fall: Jan 4 (UNH Preselect*); Feb 15 (DICAS National Match**); June 15 (if remaining openings*** following the National Match)
  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

*UNH Preselect: Notice of selection no later than Jan 13. Only UNH students are eligible to apply through the pre-select application. For UNH students applying through the pre-select option, please apply through the UNH Graduate School. If a student is selected during the early admission round, he or she will not need to participate in the DICAS national match. Please contact Dr. Amy Taetzsch for more information.

**DICAS (National Match): Notice of selection first Monday in April. Most students will apply during the regular admission using the DICAS application portal and rank their dietetic internship preferences using the D&D Digital. The DICAS application process allows applicants to submit their application to UNH and any other programs that participate in this nationally-based application process. Students will submit all required materials, including transcripts, through the DICAS portal.

***Remaining Openings: If there are remaining openings following the National Match, the MSDI participates in the DICAS Phase II application process. Submit your DICAS application to UNH via the DICAS application portal. Applications will be formally reviewed on a continuous basis beginning on the first Thursday after the national match until June 15.


Application fee: $65, note fee waived for DICAS (National Match) applicants.

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts are required for any school you earned a degree from, attended for at least one year, or attended for 2 or more semesters. Exceptions to this rule may be approved at the discretion of the program you are applying to and the UNH Graduate School Admission’s office.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.


A current resume summarizing all volunteer and work experience is required.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions. If you have any questions, please contact

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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MSDI Grad Student Nicole Culligan

Nicole Culligan
Advisor: Dr. Amy Taetzsch
MSDI Grad Student (Class of 2022)

MSDI Grad Student Erica Jones

Erica Jones
Advisor: Dr. Amy Taetzsch
MSDI Grad Student (Class of 2022)

MSDI Grad Student Lauren Kieffer

Lauren Kieffer
Advisor: Dr. Amy Taetzsch
MSDI Grad Student (Class of 2022)

MSDI Grad Student Marissa Luciano

Marissa Luciano
Advisor: Dr. Amy Taetzsch
MSDI Grad Student (Class of 2022)

MSDI Grad Student Teresa Masci

Teresa Masci
Advisor: Dr. Amy Taetzsch
MSDI Grad Student (Class of 2022)

MSDI Grad Student Abigail Sarna

Abigail Sarna
Advisor: Dr. Amy Taetzsch
MSDI Grad Student (Class of 2022)

MSDI Grad Student Marisa Tassi

Marisa Tassi
Advisor: Dr. Amy Taetzsch
MSDI Grad Student (Class of 2022)

MSDI Grad Student Courtney Yacovelli

Courtney Yacovelli
Advisor: Dr. Amy Taetzsch
MSDI Grad Student (Class of 2022)

Year 1
Semester Courses Credits



NUTR 830
NUTR 836
NUTR 855
NUTR 960
ANFS 901

+ paid teaching experience





NUTR 809
NUTR 860
NUTR 876
NUTR 961

+ paid teaching experience



Year 2
Semester Courses Credits



NUTR 829
NUTR 832
NUTR 997


Spring NUTR 831 10
Total Credit Hours: 55

Interns must demonstrate mastery of all components of the MSDI program in order for the MSDI Director to issue a final Verification Statement to ACEND that will allow the intern to be eligible to take the national registration examination. To do so, Interns must 1) achieve a 3.2 GPA in all courses per UNH Graduate School policy; 2)complete their practicum rotations on time; and 3) meet the minimum level of competence (defined as a “3” or better) in the rotation’s final evaluation for all ACEND core competencies and other related practicum evaluations.  

It is expected that Interns will complete their assignments on time for each class or rotation.  If the requirements are not met, the Intern may be unable to continue with subsequent courses or rotations.  However, an extension of up to 30 days may be granted if there are extenuating circumstances (medical or personal) preventing the Intern from completing their coursework or rotation on time. Interns must submit an extension request in writing to the MSDI Director to request this extension. Any costs associated with making up missed classes or rotation experiences will be charged to the Intern based on the extra costs related to designing additional experiences.  The consensus among staff and preceptors must be that the Intern has successfully mastered all aspects of the program.  If not, the MSDI Director reserves the right to withhold the final Verification Statement.

Criteria for Issuance of Verification Statement

Upon demonstrating successful completion of the program, Interns will be verified by completing an Accredited Dietetic Internship Program and will receive a Verification Statement showing that they have completed their training through UNH.

The MSDI Director will issue the Verification Statement after all courses, rotations, assignments, evaluations, and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics/UNH paperwork have been successfully completed. In addition, Interns will need to pass the RDN Practice Exam with a grade of 80% or greater. 

The Intern will receive copies of the Verification Statement bearing the original signature of the MSDI Director or an authenticated electronic digital signature. Graduates of the UNH MSDI may request additional copies of the Verification Statement with an original signature by contacting the Nutrition Program, Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems, at the University of New Hampshire.

Successful completion of the MSDI enables the Intern to sit for the Registration Examination. In the state of New Hampshire, licensure is required to practice as a RDN.

Estimated Expenses

The estimated cost for tuition and fees for the full 21-month internship program is $33,996 for in-state students, and $36,893 for out-of-state students.  Students requiring health insurance will pay an additional $4,560 for coverage during the 21-month program. 

Additionally, students receive a teaching assistant stipend for over $12,000 during their first year.

Estimated 21 Month Expenses



 Tuition and Fees



 Health Insurance




 Background Checks and Drug Screens

Typically covered by program

 Vaccinations and Titers


 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Membership

$116 ($58/year)

 CPR Certification

~ $95

 Professional Liability Insurance

Covered by UNH

 Lab Coat

Typically covered by program

 Transportation (required for second year practicum rotations)


 UNH Parking Permit


 Rent and Living Expenses


Financial Aid

For more information on the status of financial aid eligibility, please contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information (862-3600) or visit the graduate school website.

UNH Office of the Registrar can provide documentation of full-time status if needed.  Please click here to request documentation.

The Master of Science with Dietetic Internship (MSDI) Program
invites all interested candidates to join us for a virtual Open House to learn more about our 21-month program

Please join us for one of our virtual open houses:

  • Tuesday, December 14th from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. ET, register here
  • Thursday, January 13thfrom 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. ET, register here

We are also able to accommodate in-person and virtual meetings with current students and/or the MSDI Director. For more information, please contact Dr. Taetzsch.

We look forward to meeting you!

Amy Taetzsch, Program Director


What practicum sites does UNH offer, and how are placements decided?

Food Service (~ 6 weeks): All interns are assigned to the award-winning UNH Dining Services Team for their food service rotation.

Community (~ 9 weeks): Interns split their week between two community sites; one site on Monday and Tuesday, and the other site on Wednesday and Thursday. THe MSDI team has strong relationships with many community organizations including The NH Food Bank, Cooperative Extension, The NH Department of Health & Human Services, NH Farm to School Program, and many local schools.

Clinical (~ 16 weeks): Interns spend a full semester working with dietitians at an area hospital such as Concord Medical Center, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital (an MGH Affiliate Hospital), Exeter Regional Hospital, and Frisbie Memorial Hospital.

The MSDI team considers several factors when deciding what sites to match interns with, including: 

  • Availability of sites and preceptors
  • Intern interests areas and professional aspirations
  • Interns academics performance and past work/volunteer experience

Can interns have outside employment?

In the first year, interns have the opportunity to work as Teaching Assistants and earn approximately $12,000.

Interns are strongly discouraged from working during the fall and spring semesters of their first and second year of the internship.  Past experiences has demonstrated that interns who work during the program have difficulty completing the requirements of the program in a timely and satisfactory manner.

If you choose to seek additional employment, you'll need to arrange your schedule around classes and practicum hours.  Note that there may occasionally be some night and weekend work hours required for the internship.

Do I need prior teaching experience to be a Teaching Assistant?

No prior teaching experience is required to be a Teaching Assistant.  Faculty regularly meet with Teaching Assistants to support them in being successful in their roles and strengthening their pedogeological skills.

What does the internship look for when selecting interns?

We use a weighted average method to help guide the review of each applicant with the following criteria:
1.  Activities & Experience 40%: This includes work/volunteer experience (experience in dietetics fields preferred); honors/awards; leadership roles, extracurricular activities etc.
2.  GPA 30%: A minimum overall GPA of 3.2 with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major is required.
3.  Letters of Recommendation: 20%
4.  Personal Statement 10%: Please follow DICAS guidelines and pay close attention to grammar, conciseness, etc.

The MSDI program gives special consideration to candidates that have lived outside of the country for greater than four months, speak more than one language, are first generation students or are from an underrepresented group within the dietetics field.  Please include this information in your personal statement.

I am a graduate of the UNH Dietetic Internship and I need a verification statement. How do I go about obtaining one?

Please send your request for verification statements to Please include any forms that were given to you. We will need the year you graduated from the internship, your date of birth, middle initial, mother's maiden name, and your maiden name (if applicable) per the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (If you would rather not send this information via email, you may call us). Requests for verification statements may take up to 5 business days. If your verification statement is for licensure in New Hampshire, it is important to note that the Licensure Board meets quarterly, so even though the request has been submitted in a timely fashion, you may not receive a New Hampshire License right away.

Does UNH provide any guidance on housing?

Housing resources for graduate students can be found:


The Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences combined with Dietetic Internship (MSDI) at the University of New Hampshire is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The next program review is scheduled for Fall 2027. ACEND is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Dept of Education.

ACEND's phone number is: +1 (800) 877-1600 ext. 5400
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190 Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Goal 1.  To prepare well-rounded dietitians who will be able to obtain entry-level positions in food service management, clinical nutrition, and community health promotion/disease prevention and nutrition services, and who are professionals that integrate emerging food system and sustainability principles into these domains.

  • Objective 1.1: 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%.
  • Objective 1.2: Seventy-five percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • Objective 1.3: At least 80% of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 32 months (150% of the program length).
  • Objective 1.4: Of graduates who seek employment, 70% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation. 
  • Objective 1.5a: Over a three-year period, 80% of employed program graduates who respond to the online fall alumni survey will rate themselves as “prepared” or “well prepared” by the internship in terms of their ability to integrate health promotion/disease prevention guidance into their work and/or community involvement.
  • Objective 1.5b: Over a three-year period, 70% of employed program graduates who respond to the online fall alumni survey will report integrating food system sustainability concepts into their personal and/or professional practice.
  • Objective 1.6: Over a three-year period, 70% of employers who respond to our online fall survey will indicate satisfaction that UNH graduates from the internship exhibited critical thinking and communication skills, indicators of adequate preparation for entry-level practice.

Goal 2. To prepare dietetic professionals who utilize current evidence-based resources, critical thinking skills, research aptitude, planning expertise, and appropriate interpersonal and communication strategies in the design and delivery of health promotion/disease prevention and food system sustainability principles and practices

  • Objective 1.7: Over a three-year period, using our online fall alumni survey, over 20% of interns who completed the dietetic internship program will report volunteer participation in a community and/or professional organization within the field of health promotion, disease prevention and food system sustainability, such as the state Academy Association, dietetics practice groups, anti-hunger movements etc.
  • Objective 1.8: Over a three-year period, using our online fall alumni survey, 50% of interns who completed the dietetic internship program will be able to identify other health and professional colleagues/services who they work with and/or consult with in a cross-disciplinary, interprofessional manner.

Program outcomes data are available upon request.

Our Mission

The mission of the MSDI is to train students who will be able to demonstrate a capacity to function as capable, competent entry-level Registered Dietitians Nutritionists (RDN) in the field of nutrition, food service, health promotion, sustainable food systems, and disease prevention and intervention.

The didactic and practicum opportunities provide an opportunity for the development of competencies and skills through supervised practice consistent with the Accreditation Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics as defined by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Entry-level professionals who enroll in the MSDI will be familiar with professional practice guidelines as indicated by entry-level mastery of competencies and awareness of Scope of Dietetics Practice and their application in professional behavior.

Our Vision

We envision that our program graduates will be positive, transformative professionals in promoting healthier food and nutrition policies and practices, from farm to fork to health and nutrition outcomes.

Our Philosophy

  • The practice of dietetics encompasses the application of principles of food and the nutritional sciences to maintaining and achieving the health of both individuals and groups who would benefit from the management of disease through nutritional intervention.
  • The dietitian whose training is focused on health promotion/disease prevention and food systems is capable of promoting health and nutrition, from farm to fork to health and nutrition outcomes.
  • The emerging practitioner reflects dietetic professionalism through the adaptation and integration of the Foundation Practice Elements.
  • The professional is capable of performing and supervising food production and service.
  • The health promotion/disease prevention sustainable food system dietitian is also prepared to provide nutrition education and clinical care related to eating habits and food choices of healthy individuals and communities, as well as to design appropriate nutrition care for individuals who require dietary prevention strategies or management of an existing disease.
  • The dietetics practitioner is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) who is formally recognized as having professional competence and can apply Standards of Practice, Standards of Professional Performance and Scope of Practice Guidelines as provided in the 2017 revised guidelines. The practice of dietetics includes Standards of Practice and Performance, which define desirable and achievable levels of performance for entry-level practice.  These standards are not requirements; rather, they are broad statements describing the minimum expectations of dietetics professionals in providing nutrition services to the public.  The Standards of Professional Practice characterize the competency levels of entry-level dietitians and reflect the 2017 Standards.

Standards of Professional Practice

The practice of dietetics includes Standards of Professional Practice, which define desirable and achievable levels of performance for entry-level practice. These standards are not requirements; rather, they are broad statements describing the minimum expectations of dietetics professionals in providing nutrition services to the public. The following Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Practice Elements are consistent with all of the described practice roles included in entry-level dietetics training.

The entry-level RD thus:

  • Provides patient/client-centered care.
  • Practices using evidence-based recommendations and professional judgment to challenge the status quo.
  • Contributes to the body of knowledge by participating in operational analyses, business process improvement and other applied research by monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the nutrition care provided and reporting results.
  • Analyzes, interprets and applies research.
  • Adopts technology advancements.
  • Utilizes informatics.
  • Demonstrates leadership in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Contributes to the advancement of food and nutrition policy through advocacy.

MSDI Grad Student Keirra Bartley

Keirra Bartley
Advisor: Dr. Amy Taetzsch
MSDI Student (Class of 2021)

MSDI Grad Student Jessica Bryant

Jessica Bryant
Advisor: Dr. Amy Taetzsch
MSDI Student (Class of 2021)

MSDI Grad Student Lilah Chase

Lilah Chase
Advisor: Dr. Amy Taetzsch
MSDI Student (Class of 2021)

MSDI Grad Student Leila Ghaemi

Leila Ghaemi
Advisor: Dr. Amy Taetzsch
MSDI Student (Class of 2021)

MSDI Grad Student Allison Hood

Allison Hood
Advisor: Dr. Amy Taetzsch
MSDI Student (Class of 2021)


Sara Murphy
Advisor: Dr. Amy Taetzsch
MSDI Student (Class of 2021)



Alissa Petinge

Alissa Petinge
Advisor: Dr. Amy Taetzsch
MSDI Student (Class of 2021)


Ben Petri
Advisor: Dr. Amy Taetzsch
MSDI Student (Class of 2021)


Alysa Zamora

Alysa Zamora
Advisor: Dr. Amy Taetzsch
MSDI Student (Class of 2021)

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