UNH Dietetic Internship Program

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The University of New Hampshire is participating in the Second Round Match.  Please click here for instructions and scroll down to the Second Round Match instructions.
 

The University of New Hampshire has exciting news! The UNH Dietetic Internship has been granted approval for a Masters of Science combined with the Dietetic Internship, which will accept 10 interns, starting with the Fall semester of 2018. We will be participating in the national match.   In addition to the new masters, we will still be admitting 10 students to our July, 10 ½ month dietetic internship, which provides 16 credits. See below for a quick summary of both of our options.

Students may apply to one or both programs. There is a separate DICAS fee associated with each application to each track. If applying to both programs, students will need to let us know the track they prefer. Please note: Regarding the UNH application fee, should students be interested in both programs, they would still only pay a single application fee of $90.00 to UNH. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The UNH Internship will be using the DICAS Online application and will be participating in the DICAS Match.   

UNH will NOT be sponsoring an Individualized Supervised Practice Program.

Option 1: Program Overview - UNH Dietetic Internship with 16 graduate credits (Non-Masters)

Our Purpose: To recruit and educate students who meet the program's admission criteria, and to function as capable, competent entry level dietitians in clinical nutrition, food service management, and community nutrition services. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the Dietetic Registration Examination and, when passed, practice as Registered Dietitians.

Our Uniqueness: Because our program enrolls 10 students per year, our interns have the benefit of one-on-one mentorship. This provides individualized attention yet ensures personal interaction with other interns.

Our Focus: With a focus on Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, our interns will:

  • actively participate and engage in a variety of food service, community, and clinical affiliations.
  • gain entry level skills to promote health and wellness, provide nutrition
    education, engage in clinical care, and participate in nutrition and dietetics
    program research and assessment.
  • meet competencies in all areas of dietetics.

The University of New Hampshire has a national commitment to sustainability.  The internship integrates sustainability practices throughout the various rotations.

Our Highlights: The UNH Dietetic Internship Program prepares the student for an entry-level dietetic position in a hospital, food service, or community setting. Through our program, the student receives a balanced exposure to clinical dietetics and food service, community nutrition, and management. Additionally, there is some exposure to applied research. In addition, our interns:

  • obtain clinical skills through practical experiences that include
    • evaluating nutritional status of patients/clients,
    • developing nutrition care plans,
    • assessing the impact that nutrition intervention has on the patient's/client's health, and
    • providing nutrition education to individuals and groups.
  • participate in community agency rotations that allow interns to assess and document the needs of a specific population group.
  • learn skills that allow them to assist in the management of at least one aspect of a large food production/delivery system and to manage an entire operation that is smaller in scope, including
    • human resource management and development,
    • menu planning and production scheduling, and
    • the development and use of specifications in proper procurement procedures.
  • acquire skills needed to assume the responsibilities of an entry-level dietitian.
  • develop an awareness of the environment within which dietitians work, including the legal, economic, and political forces that affect the profession. The benefit of active participation in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is highlighted, and an appreciation for the strength of the dietetic profession is cultivated.

Licensure is mandatory for all Registered Dietitians in the state of New Hampshire. For guidelines and the application process, go to Eat Right, An Affiliate of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The University of New Hampshire Dietetic Internship is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312/899-4817).  "The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) is recognized by the United States Department of Education and  the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This recognition affirms that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs."

New Program Announced:

Option 2:  Dietetic Internship with Masters in Nutritional Sciences

If you are adding the new UNH MS option to your list of internships for placement consideration, the UNH MS track number is 823.

Our Purpose: To recruit and educate students who meet the program's admission criteria, and to function as capable, competent entry level dietitians in clinical nutrition, food service management, and community nutrition services. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the Dietetic Registration Examination and, when passed, practice as Registered Dietitians.  The MSDI will admit ten interns, beginning in fall semester 2018.   The MSDI program will span a total of nearly 21 months (August 2018-May 2020). This option will include 50 graduate level credits as well as integrate over 1400 hours of practicum based learning. The first year will be marked by an emphasis of building professional skills through academic coursework; it includes an eight-credit two semester comprehensive research experience, and other graduate level courses that will integrate case studies and simulation, thus expanding knowledge and skills. During the second year there will be extensive opportunities for practicum based learning.

Our Uniqueness: Because our program enrolls 10 students per year, our interns have the benefit of one-on-one mentorship. This provides individualized attention yet ensures personal interaction with other interns.

Our Focus: Our MSDI focus is Sustainable Food Systems as Drivers of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. 

Our Highlights: The UNH Dietetic Internship Program prepares the student for an entry-level dietetic position in a hospital, food service, or community setting. Through our program, the student receives a balanced exposure to clinical dietetics and food service, community nutrition, and management. Additionally, there is some exposure to applied research. In addition, our interns:

  • Students will earn a Masters degree.
  • obtain clinical skills through practical experiences that include
    • evaluating nutritional status of patients/clients,
    • developing nutrition care plans,
    • assessing the impact that nutrition intervention has on the patient's/client's health, and
    • providing nutrition education to individuals and groups.
  • participate in community agency rotations that allow interns to assess and document the needs of a specific population group.
  • learn skills that allow them to assist in the management of at least one aspect of a large food production/delivery system and to manage an entire operation that is smaller in scope, including
    • human resource management and development,
    • menu planning and production scheduling, and
    • the development and use of specifications in proper procurement procedures.
  • acquire skills needed to assume the responsibilities of an entry-level dietitian.
  • develop an awareness of the environment within which dietitians work, including the legal, economic, and political forces that affect the profession. The benefit of active participation in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is highlighted, and an appreciation for the strength of the dietetic profession is cultivated.

Program Costs - MSDI: We anticipate for the 21-month program with tuition and fees to be approximately $42,500 for in-state and $46,000 for out-of-state.  These estimates include tuition, fees, background checks, etc.  Please see the financial breakdown under the “Program Costs” section of the website. 

GPA Requirement: Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 for admission.  If you are matched to the UNH program, then we will work with you for any additional paperwork for the Graduate School. Until matched in the internship, you do not need to apply to the Graduate School at this time.

 

For further information, please contact:
Lisa Corman, MS, RD, LD
UNH Dietetic Internship
University of New Hampshire
Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
129 Main Street, Kendall Hall
Durham, New Hampshire 03824
(603) 862-4723
lcorman@comcast.net