The primary goal of this 16 month program is to prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) for employment in public health or community agencies. A minimum of 30 semester hours of combined academic work and supervised practice is required to earn the degree. Supervised practice is concurrent with coursework utilizing local agencies for translation of theory and science into practice. The program includes a twelve week experience in an out of state public health or community agency that has a strong nutrition program. A minimum of 1320 hours of supervised practice is required to complete the internship and receive a verification statement.
In addition to the required public health nutrition curriculum, students may elect to complete a certificate in Maternal and Child Nutrition. If the certificate program is selected, supervised practice and elective coursework will be geared toward the specific population group.
Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam and, after passing the RDN exam, apply for licensure in states with dietetics licensure laws. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
Mission of Our Dietetic Internship
To serve as an integral component of the Department of Nutrition’s commitment to prepare entry level registered dietitian nutritionists, with a focus on public health/community nutrition.
Goal 1: Train dietetic interns to practice as registered dietitians in public health/community nutrition.
- Objective 1: At least 80% of student interns will complete all program and degree requirements within 24 months (150% of program length).
- Objective 2: At least 85% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
- Objective 3: 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 4: Of graduates who seek employment, at least 85% will be employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
- Objective 5: Within a five-year period, 50% of employed graduates will be working in the public health/community nutrition arena.
Goal 2: The curriculum of the IP will satisfy the needs of the work force in which graduates are employed.
- Objective 1: At least 90% of surveyed employers of program graduates indicate that they will continue hiring graduates of the MS in Public Health Nutrition Dietetic Internship.
- Objective 2: At least 90% of surveyed employers of program graduates agree that the MS in Public Health Nutrition Dietetic Internship has prepared graduates as competent entry level practitioners.
Outcome data available upon request.
1st Fall (August – December): Students are registered for academic coursework only.
Spring (January – April): Students scheduled for supervised practice Tuesday – Friday with academic coursework on Monday and/or in the evening.
Summer (May – August): Students are scheduled Monday – Friday at an out of town public health or community agency.
2nd Fall (August – December): Students scheduled for supervised practice Tuesday – Friday with academic coursework on Monday or in the evening.
The MS in Public Health Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University was established in 1941 and was the first such program in the United States. The program was developed as a response to interest by state health departments in graduate education for their nutritionists. The intent was to create a program that would meet the needs unique to those practicing in public health. The program was created by former Nutrition Department Chair and the 24th President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dr. Helen Hunscher. To date, over 450 students have graduated from the program.
The MS in Public Health Nutrition Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians or dietetic technicians, registered. ACEND is specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.
To contact ACEND:
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
312.899.0040, ext 5400