Dietetic Internship Mission Goals & Outcomes

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The 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.

Program Goal 1

To develop and maintain a high quality Dietetic Internship that prepares students for careers in dietetics and provides the knowledge and skills for employment in dietetics.

Outcome Measures


90% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within 12 months of program completion.


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


Program graduates indicate they are adequately prepared to begin practice as an entry level dietitian in the following areas: foodservice management, school foodservice, clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and long-term care, as measured by an average score of 3.2/4.


Program graduates score at least a 15 on the nutrition portion of the registration exam..


Program graduates score at least a 15 on the food systems portion of the registration exam.


Employers rank program graduates’ preparation for entry-level practice as competent, as indicated by an average score of 3.2/4.

 Program Goal 2

To prepare students to enter the profession with the skills to analyze and synthesize information at the graduate level.

Outcome Measures


At least 80% of programs interns complete program/degree requirements within 32 months* (150% of timeframe for completion) 


Employers will rank the graduate’s ability to analyze and synthesize complex information as satisfactory, as indicated by an average score of 3.2/4.

 Program Goal 3

To prepare and supply dietetic professionals that meet the needs of the Southeastern region of the United States (GA, AL, FL, MS, AR, LA, TX, & TN)

Outcome Measures


Of graduates who seek employment, 90% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.


80% of Dietetic Internship graduates who are actively seeking employment are employed in the SE region of the United States within 12 months of completing the program.

*A summary of outcome data is available upon request. 

Southern Miss Faculty Handbook  (152-page PDF)

Southern Miss Intern Handbook  (24-page PDF)