College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Nutrition & Food Science

Mission and Program Goals

(First picture: http://eatathomewi.com Second picture: provided by Raquela Raymond)

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 80% of program students complete the program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of program length).
  • 60% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  • 75% of  program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  • 90% of seniors, responding 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. **
  • 90% of Internship Directors, responding to a 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:

  • 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%.
  • 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. **

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.

Maintained by the IET Department of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. © 2019. Web Accessibility