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Mission, Goals and Objectives

The UNC Dietetic Internship Program Mission is to prepare graduates to become entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who have the acquired knowledge to enrich the community through professional practice under the professional Code of Ethics, and remain life-long learners using evidence based research and participating in leadership activities. 


Goal 1:

The program will prepare graduates to serve as competent entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in various employment positions.

  • Objective 1.1a: Annually, 90% of full-time interns will complete the program in 8 months (150% of expected time for completion).
  • Objective 1.1b: Annually, 90% of part-time interns will complete the program in 14 months (150% of expected time for completion).
  • Objective 1.1c: Annually, 90% of MS/DI interns will complete the program in 36 months (150% of expected time for completion).                                
  • Objective 1.2a: Over a five-year period, 80% of alumni achieve a 1 year pass rate of at least 85% on the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist exam. 
  • Objective 1.2b: 80% of graduates are expected to take the CDR credentialing exam of Registered Dietitian Nutritionist within 12 months of completion of the program.
  • Objective 1.3: Within 12 months of completing the program, at least 85% of graduates will have obtained employment related to dietetics.
  • Objective 1.4: 50% of graduates will seek or will be employed in positions within nutrition education and counseling or management concentrations.
  • Objective 1.5: 90% of responding employers will agree that the graduates exhibited the knowledge and skills to perform as a competent entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at the time of employment.  

Goal 2: 

Graduates of the UNC Dietetic Internship program will adhere to the professional code of ethics, integrate evidence-based research in practice, be lifelong learners, and exhibit leadership qualities. 

  • Objective 2.1: 90% of employers surveyed will agree that graduates demonstrate leadership in their current position.
  • Objective 2.2: 90% of employers surveyed will agree that graduates practice with honesty and integrity during the first year of employment.
  • Objective 2.3: 80% of employers surveyed will agree that graduates demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning by seeking current research/information while applying evidence-based principles, attending professional development seminars, seeking mentors, etc. during the first year of employment.
  • Objective 2.4: At least 60% of graduates will report participating in at least one leadership activity and/or professional workshop/conference within a year after completion.
  • Objective 2.5: 70% of MS/DI students will submit their completed Capstone Project to a peer-reviewed journal, submit as a grant proposal, or results gathered will be used by an organization/facility to improve nutrition-related outcomes.