Mission, Goals, Objectives

Mission

The University of Maryland Dietetics Program aims to provide a robust academic foundation which emphasizes the sciences and research principles for health, nutrition, foods, and food service administration through a curriculum which prepares graduates to enter supervised practice with critical knowledge to succeed as a registered dietitian.

Program Goals and Objectives

Program Goal 1: To prepare graduates with a strong comprehensive education with knowledge and skills for successful 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.
  • 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.

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.