Goals and Outcome Measures

Program Mission Statement:

To provide students with a comprehensive nutrition and dietetics education through the promotion of innovative and evidence-based patient care; the education of patients, clients, health care professionals, and the community; and the creation and sharing of nutrition knowledge.

Program Goals:

1. The program will provide the health care system with entry-level dietitians competent to practice in general medical nutrition therapy areas, as well as the specialized areas, pediatrics and nutrition support.

2. The program will train and empower interns to enter the field with the necessary skills to conduct basic practice based research, publish in the field of nutrition and dietetics, and educate students, health care professionals and the public through a variety of formal and informal training formats.

3. The program will prepare interns to demonstrate exemplary professional behaviors, leadership within their profession or community, and a commitment to active community service and life-long learning.

Outcome Measures:

Based on the above goals, the following outcome measures were developed, which are tied to our program goals.  These outcome measures may be expressed as follows:

Goal 1:  The program will provide the health care system with entry-level dietitians competent to practice in general medical nutrition therapy areas, as well as the specialized areas, pediatrics and nutrition support.

  • Over a five-year period, the pass rate for DI graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be at least 90%.
  • Overall, 90% of interns enrolled in the DI program are expected to complete all program requirements within 15 months.
  • Over a five-year period, 70% or more of DI graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within three months of program completion.
  • Within 1 year of obtaining employment, employers will reveal a high degree of satisfaction with intern alumni job performance as evidenced by 80% of the respondents scoring the intern graduates as 3.0 or above based on the results of the annual Employer Evaluation Questionnaire.  
  • Overall, 80% of the program graduates will agree that the UVA Health Dietetic Internship Program provided them with either above average or superior education and supervised practice experiences based on the annual end of year Program Evaluation Questionnaire.  
  • Overall, 80% of the program graduates will agree that the didactic learning experiences provided within the UVA Health Dietetic Internship Program were either above average or superior in terms of class content and speaker quality based on the annual end of year Program Evaluation Questionnaire.
  • Interns demonstrate solid acquisition of core knowledge base in dietetics by achieving an average score of 90% or better on their internship didactic examinations.
  • Overall, 90% of program graduates will achieve a "pass" or "high pass" rating in all 4 of the pediatrics specialty rotations and in both of the adult nutrition support specialty rotations.

Goal 2:  The program will train and empower interns to enter the field with the necessary skills to conduct basic practice based research, demonstrate effective communication skills, publish in the field of nutrition and dietetics, and educate students, health care professionals and the public through a variety of formal and informal training formats.

  • Overall, 75% of the program graduates will rate the major capstone project experience as either above average or superior based on the annual end of year Program Evaluation Questionnaire. 
  • Overall, 75% of the program graduates will rate the oral presentation and written communication experience opportunities as either above average or superior based on the annual end of year Program Evaluation Questionnaire. 
  • Overall, 90% of interns will receive a score of 80% or better on their final major capstone project.
  • Within 1 year of obtaining employment, employers will demonstrate a high degree of satisfaction with graduates' communication skills as evidenced by 75% of the respondents scoring the intern graduates as 3.0 or better on the demonstration of effective written and oral communication skills with management, colleagues, patients, and clients based on the results of the annual Employer Evaluation Questionnaire. 
  • Based on the 3 Year Intern Alumni Survey, at least 50% of the respondents are involved in giving oral presentations to the community and/or professional lectures to staff or students, or have published within dietetics or nutrition using a variety of formats, i.e. journal articles, newsletter articles, abstracts or book chapters.

Goal 3: The program will prepare interns to demonstrate exemplary professional behaviors, leadership within their profession and commitment to active community service and life-long learning.

  • Based on the 3 Year Intern Alumni Survey, at least 50% of the respondents have provided community service or presentations in the area of the nutrition and dietetics.
  • Based on the 3 Year Intern Alumni Survey, at least 40% of the respondents have participated in leadership roles within their area of employment, dietetic association, or other professional organization
  • Within 1 year of obtaining employment, employers will demonstrate a high degree of satisfaction with graduates' professionalism as evidenced by 75% of the respondents scoring the intern graduates as 3.0 or better on the demonstration of mature, self-motivated and responsible attitudes and behaviors towards work responsibilities and projects based on the results of the annual Employer Evaluation Questionnaire. 
Contact Us

Interim Program Director:

Christie Moulder, MS, RD, CNSC

cr8db@virginia.edu

434-982-4925