Mission of UVA Health:

Transforming health and inspiring hope for all Virginians and beyond

Vision of UVA Health:

To be he nation's leading public academic health system and a best place to work - while transforming patient care, research, education, and engagement with the diverse communities we serve

Mission of the University of Virginia Health System Dietetic Internship Program:

The mission of the program is to prepare entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists through a comprehensive nutrition and dietetics education, which includes the promotion of innovative and evidence-based patient care, the creation and sharing of nutrition knowledge, and the education of patients, clients, health care professionals, and the community

Program Goals & Outcome Measures

Based on the above goals, the following outcome measures were developed, which are tied to our program goals. Program Outcomes data may be provided upon request by contacting the Program Director, Assistant Program Director and/or Internship Coordinator

1.  Program graduates will be competent to practice as entry level dietitians in general medicine nutrition therapy areas, as well as the specialized areas, pediatric and nutrition support.

  • ACEND Required Objective: At least 80% of interns complete program requirements within 13.5 months (150% of planned program length).
  • ACEND Required Objective: Of graduates who seek employment, at least 70% are employed in nutrition or dietetics related field within 12 months.
  • At least 90% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • ACEND Required Objective: 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%.
  • At 1 year of employment, employers will report a high degree of satisfaction with intern alumni job performance as evidence by 80% of the respondents selecting agree or strongly agree that interns demonstrate excellent overall job skill performance as compared to other new graduates based on the results of the annual Employer Evaluation Questionnaire.
  • Overall, 90% of program graduates will achieve a "pass" or "high pass" rating in 4 pediatric rotations and in 2 adult nutrition support specialty rotations.

2. Program graduates will demonstrate exemplary professional behaviors, leadership within their profession, active community service and a commitment to life-long learning.

  • Within 1 year of obtaining employment, employers will demonstrate a high degree of satisfaction with graduates' professionalism as evidence by 75% of the respondents selecting "agree" or "strongly agree" with interns demonstrating mature, self-motivated and responsible attitudes and behaviors.
  • Based on the 5-Year Intern Alumni Survey, at least 60% of the respondents will report they have provided community service or presentations in the areas of nutrition and dietetics or participated in leadership roles within the profession.