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Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Houston Dietetic Internship (UHDI) is to provide an intensive, high quality supervised practice experience for a diverse population of interns with emphasis on providing quality educational experiences and mentored training necessary to become competent, independent, and well-rounded entry-level Registered Dietitians Nutritionists


The philosophy of the Dietetic Internship program at the University of Houston is to facilitate the transition of an intern from a student to an entry-level dietitian. We have an ever-expanding array of outstanding sites geared toward training interns and preparing them for entry into the profession of dietetics. Being accepted into our program helps ensure that you will obtain the breadth and depth of experiences needed to attain your professional goals. This is an intense internship with a full work-load of a minimum 45 hours/week for 27 weeks. We strongly encourage our interns to be proactive, self-motivated, meticulous and hard working. Our goal is to see the interns as individuals ready to function independently as dietitians in any setting. Finally, we believe education should be firmly anchored in strong ethics, an appreciation for different world cultures, and lifelong service to the community. The end result of this dynamic learning environment is a professional who is fully prepared to become a leader in his or her chosen field.


The goals of the Dietetic Internship program at the University of Houston reflect the principles of providing quality educational opportunities to develop competent practitioners while promoting diversity within the field of dietetics.

Goal #1:  The program will attract and graduate highly competent practitioners for entry-level nutrition and dietetics practice through high-quality educational offerings.

Outcome measures:

  • At least 80% of interns complete program requirements within 2 years or 6 semesters (150% of planned program length).

  • Of graduates who seek employment, at least 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.

  • At least 90% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.

  • 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%.

  • 80% of employers that complete the employer survey will rate UH graduates preparedness for entry level practice as excellent or better.

  • 80% of program graduates that complete the exit survey will rate themselves as excellent or better related to preparedness for entry-level practice.

Goal #2:  The program will promote diversity in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

Outcome measures:

  • 20% of UHDI graduates will be non-traditional, ethnic diverse, or gender diverse.

  • 80% of the non-traditional, ethnic diverse, or gender diverse graduates will pass the CDR credentialing exam for registered dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.

Note: Program data regarding the goals and objectives are available up on request