College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Nutrition & Food Science

Mission and Program Goals

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Mission

The mission is to provide a strong academic foundation which emphasizes the sciences and research principles for nutrition, foods, and Foodservice administration. The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates with the knowledge needed by an entry-level dietitian after a supervised practice component has been completed.

Program Goals

Program Goal 1: To prepare graduates with a strong, well-rounded education with knowledge and skills for successful entry and completion of supervised dietetic internship practice.

Program Objectives for Goal 1:

  • At least 90% of the University of Maryland DPD students entering junior year will complete the program within 3 years .
  • 60% of Dietetics graduates will apply for a Dietetic Internship within 12 months of graduation.
  • 90% of seniors who respond to the exit interview will report a ≤ 2.5 (on a scale of 1-5, agree to disagree) on all items when asked how their coursework and advising prepared them for a career in Dietetics. **
  • Over a five year period, at least 75% of Graduates of the University of Maryland DPD (with a GPA>3) applying to supervised practice programs will be accepted in the academic year they completed the program.
  • 90% of Internship Directors who return the survey will respond with ≤ 2.5 or better (on a scale of 1-5, agree to disagree) on all items when asked how University of Maryland DPD coursework and advising prepared their interns for a career in Dietetics. ** (**questionnaire format changed so that 1 is agree and 5 is disagree)

Program Goal 2: To prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians.

Program Objectives for Goal 2:

  • Over a five year period, the UMD DPD graduates will achieve a 90% or higher first time pass rate on the Registration Exam of Dietitians.
  • At least 90% of one or three year alumni who return the survey will respond with ≤ 2.5 (on a scale of 1-5, agree to disagree) on all items when asked how their coursework and advising prepared them for a career in Dietetics. **
  • Graduates of the University of Maryland DPD will have a dietetics or dietetics related job placement rate of 80% upon completion of their Dietetic Internship.

Accreditation Status

The Dietetics program at the University of Maryland is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 9-0040312-89, ext 5400.

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