Dietetic Internship Accreditation Status

The Dietetic Internship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). In order to successfully complete the Dietetic Internship, interns are expected to meet all the specific competencies established by ACEND for each rotation.

The online MPH-N is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Dietetic Internship Mission Statement: The UMass Amherst Dietetic Internship is dedicated to providing accessible, high-quality education in the preparation of competent registered dietitians/nutritionists committed to serving their communities and their profession as it evolves in the 21st century.

University of Massachusetts Mission Statement: The University's mission is to provide an affordable and accessible education of high quality and to conduct programs of research and public service that advance knowledge and improve the lives of the people of the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

School of Public Health and Health Sciences Mission Statement: To optimize the public’s health and quality of life through education, research, outreach and practice using an innovative model that addresses complex trans-disciplinary health issues by integrating core areas of public health and the health sciences.

Nutrition Dept. Mission Statement: The mission of the Department of Nutrition is to offer excellence and innovation in teaching, research, and outreach by applying a scientific foundation that addresses the nutritional needs of individuals and diverse populations.

Goal #1- Prepare graduates to become competent entry level dietitians

  • Over a 5-year period, 80% of the graduates will successfully complete the RD exam  on the first attempt.
  • Over a 5-year period, 70% of the graduates who seek employment in the dietetics field will find a job within 1 year of graduating.
  • During the first year of employment, program graduates will be ranked by at least 90% of employers as average or above average in professional knowledge and skills as compared to other entry-level registered dietitians.
  • When surveyed, 95% of employed graduates will rate themselves as prepared or well prepared for their first position

Goal #2- Prepare graduates to promote health and prevent disease in communities like those in Western Massachusetts.

  • 90% of graduates working in the dietetics field will indicate on an alumni survey that they felt prepared to promote health and prevent disease as a result of completing the UMass Dietetic Internship.

Goal #3- Recruit, retain and graduate a highly motivated and diverse population of interns.

90% of the interns admitted to the internship will complete the program within 150% of the intended time:

  • Track 1- Completion is expected at 10 ½ months or 46 weeks; maximum length is 69 weeks.
  • Track 2- Completion is expected at 27 months or 120 weeks; maximum length is 180 weeks.

80% of program graduates will rate advising and counseling provided by the faculty as “satisfactory” or better.

Over a 5-year period, 90% of interns will feel prepared or very prepared to address the nutritional needs of a multiculturally diverse population.