M.S. Dietetic Internship

Program Overview

The combined Master of Science – Dietetic Internship (MS-DI) Program at the University of Florida offers an exciting, dynamic, and challenging environment in which to fulfill the final educational step in becoming a registered dietitian (RD)/registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Internship experiences are conducted in leading medical centers, community settings, and specialty practice areas ranging from acute inpatient care to outpatient and wellness settings. Our program has a strong science base, provides a strong background in medical nutrition therapy, includes experience developing and conducting a nutrition-related research project, and features a concentration in Nutrition Education and Wellness and a study abroad experience in southern France. Upon successful completion of the Examination for Registered Dietitians, graduates can use the RD or RDN credential and are eligible to apply for licensure by endorsement in the state of Florida and other states throughout the country.

Students attending our program earn a Master of Science degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from a prestigious university recognized by the Association of American Universities. Our multi-faceted approach to education helps students develop critical thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills and positions our graduates to be leaders in their chosen areas of dietetics practice.


Nutrition Education and Wellness Concentration

The Nutrition Education and Wellness concentration provides students with the opportunity to develop effective nutrition education and communication skills and to gain experience with planning, developing, implementing and evaluating programs that support and improve healthful behaviors, skills that are essential to most areas of dietetics practice. Students also gain experience with the governance, strategic planning, fund raising, risk management, policy, decision-making and planning functions of nonprofit organizations. Nutrition and health-related non-profit organizations play important roles in promoting consumer health, wellness and lifestyle management. The knowledge and skills gained in developing a business plan for a non-profit organization could position the graduate for unique employment opportunities.


The MS-DI Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting body of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600.


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

The goals and outcomes objectives for the MS-DI Program include the following. Outcomes data are available upon request.

  • 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 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 within one year of their first attempt.
    • At least 80% of test-takers will pass the Examination for Registered Dietitians on 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 seventy-five percent 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.

Program Start Dates


Application Deadline for Graduate School Admission

January 15, 2017
Late or incomplete applications will be considered through February 15, 2017. Only applications that include all of the required materials by this date will be considered. Prospective students who submit late applications or do not complete the application process until after January 15, 2017, may not receive notification of acceptance/denial into the University of Florida Graduate School until after the D&D Digital computer ranking deadline has passed. All MS-DI Program applicants must participate in the D&D Digital computer matching process. Late or incomplete applications may not meet the deadline for assistantship decisions. Teaching/research assistantships are limited and highly competitive.