County Health Department Dietetic Internship
Mission, Goals and Outcomes
nutrition graduates for leadership roles in the profession of dietetics in a
stimulating environment which is both conducive to learning and committed to
excellence, where full realization of human potential and commitment to
improving the health status of the community are pursued.
1: To prepare
dietetic professionals who have knowledge and skills necessary to practice
clinical, food service management, and community nutrition with a special
emphasis for the challenges unique to public health nutrition.
- Over a
5-year period eighty percent of program graduates will successfully complete
and pass the registered dietitian exam on the first attempt.
Eighty-five percent of employed graduates will rate themselves as
well-prepared for their first employment position as a State of Florida County
Health Department nutrition professional.
One-hundred percent of interns receive a rating of 3 or better for all the
Seventy-five percent of employers will rate graduate employees as meets
or exceeds expectations when evaluating preparation as public health
To increase the availability of public health nutrition registered/licensed
dietitians within the local health departments throughout the State of Florida.
Ninety-five percent of interns admitted into the dietetic internship will
complete the program.
Eighty-five percent of non-state employee graduates will obtain employment
with a local County Health Department within six months of graduation from the
percent of employee graduates will complete their requisite work service
obligation as stipulated by the Dietetic Internship Program Agreement.
To provide an opportunity for health department nutrition staff to improve their
professional practice skills thereby enhancing the delivery of WIC client
services and benefits.
One-hundred percent of eligible State of Florida local County Health
Department Nutrition Educators are offered the opportunity to apply for the
less than fifty percent of interns will be selected from the pool of state
employee applicants each year.
One-hundred percent of state employee graduates will return to their
sponsoring local County Health Department upon program completion.
percent of supervisors will rate graduate employees as improved or
greatly improved when evaluating professional skills.
will be able to successfully assess the clinical nutritional needs of
specialized populations and provide appropriate nutritional therapy, i.e.
acute care and ambulatory care settings.
will be able to plan, deliver and evaluate community nutrition practices and
services and counsel diverse individuals and populations in community settings
across the lifespan.
will demonstrate the ability to effectively manage food and nutrition service
systems and staff.
will develop and demonstrate professional attitudes and values, leadership
skills, and the higher ethical approaches to practice.
will develop critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration and
communication skills incorporating current research and scientific information
into dietetic practice.