Mission, Goals, Objectives

Mission

The University of Maryland Dietetics Program aims to provide a robust academic foundation which emphasizes the sciences, research principles, and outreach services for health, nutrition, foods, and food service administration through a curriculum that cultivates critical thinking skills and teaching that upholds the value of diversity and inclusion to prepare graduates for careers in nutrition and dietetics.

Program Goals and Objectives

Program Goal 1: To prepare graduates with a strong comprehensive education with knowledge and skills for successful completion of a dietetics supervised practice program leading to eligibility to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.

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.
  • 60% 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, strongly disagree to strongly agree) on all items when asked how their coursework and advising prepared them for a career in Dietetics. 
  • 85% of Internship Directors responding to a survey respond with ≥ 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5, poor to exceptional) on all items when asked how University of Maryland DPD coursework and advising prepared their interns for a career in Dietetics. 

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

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, strongly disagree to strongly agree) on all items when asked how their coursework and advising prepared them for a career in Dietetics.