Welcome Letter

Dear Prospective Student:

Thank you for your interest in our combined Master of Science – Dietetic Internship (MS-DI) Program housed in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida. Our department provides an exciting and dynamic environment for graduate study. Students in our program have the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized nutrition experts through the courses they take and by attending seminars sponsored by the Center for Nutritional Sciences. Our graduate curriculum emphasizes the science of nutrition and advanced medical nutrition therapy and provides a solid foundation for understanding and applying research findings to practice.

The internship provides a foundation for developing entry-level competence in the core areas of dietetics practice (i.e., clinical dietetics, community nutrition, and food service/systems management) and in various practice settings such as critical care, long term care, outpatient, and wellness. The outpatient experience is designed to allow students to explore a special interest area such as diabetes, pediatrics, eating disorders, renal, or comprehensive outpatient rotations. The internship component of the program also includes a concentration in Nutrition Education and Wellness with an emphasis on the development of nutrition education programs and materials for various target populations. The internship culminates with a three week staff relief experience.

To be eligible for the MS-DI program, applicants must have completed or be in the process of completing an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).  The DPD provides the required dietetics coursework leading to a bachelor’s or graduate degree.  For more information about this requirement, refer to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

All prospective students must apply to the University of Florida Graduate School by January 15, 2015. The minimum requirements for admission to the University of Florida Graduate School include an earned Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or comparable degree from an international institution; a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale); and a competitive score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants who meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate School are considered for admission to the FSHN department. Acceptance into the department is competitive, with attention given to GPA, GRE scores, applicant’s letter of interest, letters of recommendation, the strength of the applicant’s course of study and performance in biology, chemistry, biochemistry and related courses. Applicants for our combined MS-DI program who are accepted into the FSHN graduate program are reviewed by a selection team who consider all of the aforementioned materials, as well as the applicant’s accomplishments and potential for success. All applicants must submit an original copy of their AND Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree with their application. Applicants also must participate in the computer matching process managed by D&D Digital (deadline: February 15, 2015). See DPD-April2014-Computer-Matching-Calendar for more information.

Graduates of the University of Florida’s combined MS-DI Program are employed in positions throughout the state and country. The program philosophy is one that seeks to prepare students for competent practice and leadership in a demanding, yet rewarding profession. Students desiring careers that require advanced education in nutritional science and experience with designing, implementing and evaluating nutrition education programs should consider applying to our program. We are seeking motivated and intellectually curious students interested in developing critical thinking and reasoning skills.

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

I appreciate your interest in the University of Florida. Please email me at gkauwell@ufl.edu or call me at 352-392-1991 ext. 227 if you need additional information.

Gail P.A. Kauwell, PhD, RD, LDN
Professor and Program Director