About the Master’s Required Dietetic Internship

 

Overview of the Master’s Required Dietetic Internship

The Master’s Required Dietetic Internship at The University of Southern Mississippi integrates graduate- level education and research with supervised practice activities to prepare entry-level dietitians that work to improve the health of individuals, families and communities. The Dietetics Practice emphasis is specifically designed to coordinate graduate coursework with the rotations in this accredited Dietetic Internship, and the research projects in this emphasis focus on activities and projects that are completed during the internship.

The graduate students in the Dietetic Practice Emphasis take courses in the three main areas of practice, including medical nutrition therapy, food systems management, and community nutrition.  Other courses in areas such as leadership, nutrition counseling and education, and health promotion, complement the traditional areas of dietetics, creating a well-rounded food and nutrition professional.  All of the degree requirements are available fully online, requiring no visits to campus.

The Master’s Required Dietetic Internship is a 21-month program. During year two, all interns are required to participate in a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice while enrolled in the dietetic internship.  Interns are placed in supervised practice facilities for 32 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters of their second year (33 weeks).  Rotations during the internship include: orientation general clinical, renal, nutrition support, long-term care, WIC, child nutrition programs, general foodservice management, staff experience, food bank, and a 2-week special interest rotation at the end of the internship.  In addition, interns gain other experiences through a variety of experiences and activities, including: Health Promotion & Education intervention, Diabetes Camp, Recruiting, Community Health Activities, Journal Club, Menu Planning, Professional Development, and Leadership Activities. The Dietetic Internship Program at The University of Southern Mississippi is currently granted full accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-4876.

Interns will take graduate courses their first year and will begin supervised practice in the fall of their second year.  Each intern is assigned to a primary supervised practice facility in Jackson, the Hattiesburg area, or along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

To be considered for admission into the Master’s Required Dietetic Internship, applicants must apply concurrently to the dietetic internship program through pre-select or the DICAS system  and Southern Miss Graduate School.  Only those admitted into the dietetic internship can pursue the dietetic practice emphasis. Admission to the Dietetic Practice emphasis is for fall term only, and begins with completion of the Southern Miss Graduate School Application.  Applications will not be accepted without all unofficial transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and immunization records.


 

  Facilities:

 Rotations:

 
  • Diabetes Camp
  • General Clinical/Pediatrics
  • Renal
  • Nutrition Support
  • Long Term Care
  • Staff Experience
  • General Foodservice Management
  • Child Nutrition Programs
  • WIC
  • Food Bank
  • Staff Experience
  • Food Bank
  • Health Promotion & Education Intervention
  • Recruiting
  • Community Health Activities
  • Journal Club
  • Menu Planning
  • Professional Development/Leadership Activities
  • 2 week Special Interest Rotation

Health Promotion & Education Intervention

Program Concentration: Health Promotion and Education

This concentration area was chosen as a way to meet the mission of the dietetic internship at The University of Southern Mississippi, through the provision of “integrates graduate level education and research with supervised practice activities to prepare entry-level dietitians that work to improve the health of individuals, families and communities.”  In addition to helping the program to achieve its mission statement, the concentration area draws on the strengths of the department, whose research focus is on community based nutrition interventions.

These competencies have a strong focus on health promotion and education of diverse populations across the lifespan.  In addition, these rotations compliment the competencies outlined for accredited dietetic internships and will enhance the intern’s knowledge and skills working in a variety of settings and improve research skills.

 

Health Promotion and Education Concentration Competencies:

HPE 1. Investigate and gather research and relevant data to make decisions regarding nutrition-related issues in a community or population

HPE 2. Develop an intervention that includes assessment of resources and development of education materials that integrate the needs of the community identified in the needs assessment

HPE 3. Utilize leadership and oral communication skills to organize and disseminate a nutrition education program to the community or population

HPE 4. Assess results of the nutrition education program, using sound research methodologies and data analysis to draw conclusions and make decisions about the success of the intervention

Interns successfully completing the internship will be eligible to take the registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Successful completion of the internship and the registration examination meet the requirements to be a Registered Dietitian (RD).  In addition, the interns will be eligible for provisional licensure. 


 

 

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