MS-DI Program Mission, Goals, and Outcomes Objectives
The mission of the MS-DI Program is to provide a progressive and effective course of study that integrates graduate education, research, service, and supervised practice to develop competent, registered dietitians/registered dietitian nutritionists with advanced nutrition knowledge who are prepared to meet the needs of the citizens of Florida and the nation. This is accomplished through a partnership among the dietetics faculty, university faculty, site preceptors, current and former students, prospective employers, administrators, community groups and other external constituencies.
Program Goals and Outcomes Objectives
The goals and outcomes objectives for the MS-DI Program include the following. Outcomes data are available to interns, prospective interns, and the public upon request. If you would like this information, please contact the program director, Gail Kauwell, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND.
- Prepare competent, Master of Science degree trained practitioners for employment in entry-level positions.
- At least 80% of the students who start the full-time internship component of the MS-DI Program will complete the internship and Master of Science degree within 150% (3 years) of the time planned for completion.
- At least 80% of MS-DI program graduates will take the Examination for Registered Dietitians within 12 months of program completion.
- At least 80% of program graduates will pass the Examination for Registered Dietitians on their first attempt. Program graduates who do not pass the Examination for Registered Dietitians on their first attempt will pass the exam within one year of their first attempt.
- At least 80% of MS-DI program graduates who seek employment will be employed in nutrition/dietetics or related fields within 12 months of program completion.
- The overall performance of 100% of students will be rated by their site preceptor as “competent for entry-level practice” by the end of each student’s staff relief rotation.
- One hundred percent of employers who return the employer survey will rate the graduates’ nutrition and dietetics knowledge base as “satisfactory” or greater.
- One hundred percent of employers who return the employer survey will rate the graduates’ overall entry-level competence as “satisfactory” or greater.
- At least 75% of employers who return the employer survey will rate the graduates’ overall performance as “above average” or greater compared to other entry-level dietitians they have employed.
- At least 80% of graduates who return the graduate survey will rate their perception of the adequacy of the education and training provided by the MS-DI program as “more than satisfactory” or greater.
- Develop research skills and foster an evidence-based approach to practice.
(based on 5 year average):
- Eighty percent of program graduates who are employed in the area of nutrition and dietetics and who complete the graduate survey will agree that the research skills (conducting a team-based research project) and the understanding of evidence-based practice (reading and critiquing peer-reviewed research articles and applying research to practice) they developed as students impacted the approach they use in their work setting.
- Eighty percent of employers who complete the employer survey will agree that the program graduate demonstrates the ability to use peer-reviewed research to address practice-based issues and/or develop educational programs, materials, or policies.