The Dietetic Internship Program at the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy
The Dietetic Internship Program is the second of three steps needed to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). The first is to complete the required course work in a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Then, after completing the internship, graduates art eligible to sit for the Registered Dietitian Exam.
Accreditation Statement: The Internship Program was surveyed in April 2012, and fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) through December 2022.
For more general information about Registered Dietitians, see the website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at: www.eatright.org
Dietetic Internship Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Dietetic Internship Program (IP) is to provide students with a rigorous, high quality educational and supervised practice experience, which will prepare them as competent and effective dietetic practitioners with a focus in urban public health and community nutrition.
The Internship Program provides interdisciplinary practicum and didactic experiences that will prepare dietetic interns to attain entry-level competencies in nutrition therapy, food service systems management, community nutrition, and public health nutrition. Dietetic interns will develop ethical values consistent with professional health care and abide by codes of practice while practicing within diverse multi-ethnic urban communities.
Interns are encouraged to obtain the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree through the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy. The combination of the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential and the MPH will enhance opportunities for graduates to practice in community or public health settings.
Nutrition is an integral component of each of the four goals of the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy. These are: Create healthy cities; Promote healthy aging; Prevent chronic diseases and improve their management; and Promote health equity.
These goals are reflected in the program goals for the internship program, which are:
1. The internship will prepare interns to be competent entry-level dietitians, with a specialty in community and public health nutrition.
2. Program graduates will be prepared to actively address the changing health needs of society, and to address the unique needs of metropolitan areas such as New York City.
An interdisciplinary approach to health care
Socially and ecologically sustainable food systems