Didactic Program Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics is to prepare students for careers as dietetics professionals who will enhance the quality of life for individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities in the state, region, and nation. The Didactic Program provides the knowledge, skills, and values required for successful entry into a supervised practice program, graduate school, or the job market. 

PROGRAM GOAL 1

To develop and maintain a high quality Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) that prepares graduates for careers in dietetics and provides the knowledge, skills, and values for post-graduate education. 

Institutional Mission Reference

The DPD provides the knowledge, skills, and values required for successful entry into a supervised practice program, graduate school, or the job market.

Objectives

1.1

The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of firstattempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is a least 80%.

1.2

75% of program graduates will be rated as outstanding or above average knowledge of nutrition and food systems, as evaluated by Dietetic Internship Directors.

1.3

 

75% of program graduates will indicate that they have adequate or more than adequate knowledge and skills related to nutrition and food systems to qualify for employment in dietetic and/or to further their education.

1.4

75% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.

1.5

90% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.

1.6

Of DPD graduates responding to the graduate follow-up survey, 60% who do not pursue a dietetic internship or graduate school will be employed in a nutrition or food systems-related area within 12 months of graduation.

PROGRAM GOAL 2

To prepare graduates to contribute to the profession and be leaders at local, state, and national levels.

Institutional Mission Reference

To prepare students for careers as dietetic professionals who will enhance the quality of life for individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities in the state, region, and nation.

Objectives

2.175% of seniors will assume at least one leadership role during their undergraduate program
2.290% of seniors will participate in community service during their undergraduate program

PROGRAM GOAL 3

To develop a community of professionals that support the needs of Mississippi and the southeast region of the United States.

Institutional Mission Reference

To prepare students for careers as dietetics professionals who will enhance the quality of life in the state, region, and nation.

Outcome Measures

3.1

85% of program graduates will be residents of Mississippi or the Southeast region of the United States

3.2

At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length).

3.3

20% program graduates will represent diversity within the profession (racial/ethnic minority or male)

Program Outcomes Data available upon request 

The Didactic Program in Dietetics at The University of Southern Mississippi (Southern Miss) is currently granted Initial Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312.899.5400. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for an accredited Dietetic Internship. Completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics does not guarantee acceptance into a dietetic internship. After completion of an internship, graduates are eligible to write the examination for Registered Dietitian (R. D.) status.