Nutritional Sciences Dietetic Internship

Mission of the UM-SPH Dietetic Internship

The mission of the U-M SPH DI is to develop competent, entry-level registered dietitians through quality supervised practice experiences.

Goals of the UM-SPH Dietetic Internship

  • To develop competent registered dietitians by providing professional experiences and high level practice opportunities in the areas of core competency with a community-based emphasis.
  • To develop registered dietitians proficient in areas of emerging practice to further evolve the role of registered dietitians and nutrition practice.

This internship provides a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised experience within Michigan Medicine and other clinical and community sites around SE Michigan.  Michigan Medicine is comprised of 120+ hospitals, health centers, and clinics throughout southeast Michigan and includes the University of Michigan Medical School.

All U-M SPH dietetic interns will complete rotations at inpatient and outpatient clinical settings, long term care, food service, WIC or HeadStart, and additional community sites.  Outpatient clinical sites include areas such as Preventive Cardiology, Dialysis, Diabetes, Eating Disorders, and Gastroenterology. Community sites include areas such as Meals on Wheels, Food Gatherers, The Farm at St Joes, the Program in Multicultural Health, MHealthy, and UM Sports. Additional elective rotations are encouraged and available upon request.

Didactic work is often assigned with various practice rotations. Interns are also invited to attend UMHS lectures, seminars, and grand rounds. 

The program is approximately seven to eight months long and enrolls two cohorts of interns each year. One group, to which any qualified person may apply, begins in July (application due the preceding February—see below for more application information). A second cohort, open only to qualified current or past University of Michigan School of Public Health graduates, begins each January.

The U-M SPH DI is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND*) through June 30, 2023 and is a full-time or part-time internship. Graduates of the program will be issued a verification statement and are eligible to sit for the registration examination for Registered Dietitians (RD). 

The U-M SPH DI's five year average first-time pass rate for taking the RD exam is 93.7%. Nearly 96.2% of U-M SPH dietetic interns pass the RD exam within the first year of graduation.

We have established a Prior Learning Assessment Policy in which documented supervised hours outside the dietetic internship (does not have to be supervised by an RD) may be approved toward the U-M SPH DI supervised practice hours. 

Program outcomes data are available upon request.

Additional information can be found in our U-M SPH DI Handbook.

*ACEND
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
1-800-877-1600
Concentration Area-Community Nutrition

Academy Honors Dietetic Interns

The Department of Nutritional Sciences is pleased to announce that two of our MPH graduates have won 2018 Michigan Nutrition and Dietetics Institute scholarships. Congratulations to Breanna Anderson, '18 MPH and Cassidy Pont, '18 MPH! Breanna and Cassidy will be dietetic interns (training to be registered dietitians) at the University of Michigan School of Public Health Dietetic Internship Program this coming summer. The Michigan Nutrition and Dietetics Institute Scholarship program is very competitive and we are very proud to have two recipients this year! The scholarship monies are used for their continued experiential training via the dietetic internship program.