Nutritional Sciences Dietetic Internship

Mission of the UM-SPH Dietetic Internship

The mission of the U-M SPH Dietetic Internship is to develop diverse, entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists to serve people worldwide by providing a comprehensive training experience, grounded in public health principles.

Goals and Objectives of the UM-SPH Dietetic Internship

  • Graduates will be well prepared for careers as entry-level RDNs in a variety of practice settings. 
    • At least 80% of program students complete program requirements within 12 months
    • Of graduates who seek employment, 90% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation
    • 90% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
    • 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%.
    • 25% or more of program graduates who respond to the alumni survey will indicate they are practicing in non-traditional roles (i.e. non-clinical).
  • Graduates will be competent RDNs who will meet the employment needs of Michigan and contribute positively to the dietetics profession worldwide.
    • 50% or more of program graduates who respond to the alumni survey will indicate they are practicing in the Midwest.
    • 25% of program graduates who respond to the alumni survey will indicate they are preceptors for a dietetic internship.
    • 90% of employers who respond to a survey will rate the performance of alumni at a 4 or 5 on all criteria (1 = far below expectations, 5 = far above expectations) at one-year post graduation.

This internship provides 1280 hours of supervised experience within SE Michigan with community nutrition as the area of concentration.  All U-M SPH dietetic interns will complete rotations at inpatient and outpatient clinical settings (through Michigan Medicine and other local hospitals and clinics), 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.  Please see the example schedule  for a full-time intern.  

Didactic work is often assigned with various practice rotations as well as specific projects throughout the internship. Interns are invited to attend Michigan Medicine 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 completing the internship.

We have established a Prior Learning Assessment Policy in which up to 200 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 and in our FAQ.

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Concentration Area-Community Nutrition

Academy Honors Dietetic Interns

The Department of Nutritional Sciences is pleased to announce that three of our MPH graduates have won 2019 Michigan Nutrition and Dietetics Institute scholarships. Congratulations to Daniella Youhan, '19 MPH, Melissa Robinson, '19 MPH and Feriha Bilgen, '19 MPH! Daniella, Melissa, and Feriha 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 three recipients this year! The scholarship monies are used for their continued experiential training via the dietetic internship program.